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Gainesville school system may face deficit

The Gainesville school system could end the fiscal year with expenses exceeding revenue, the district's finance chief told the city Board of Education on Monday night.

But when board member David Syfan pressed on how much the deficit might be, Janet Allison declined to give an amount.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents often in denial about teens’ drug use

When teens get involved in drug abuse, it alters their behavior in ways that are usually fairly obvious.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rumors of Evans-Abraham DOT romance surfaced in November, Rep. Carl Rogers says

State Rep. Carl Rogers began hearing it in November.

May 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall officials say water restrictions are slowing new developments

A drought response resolution passed by the Gainesville City Council last November is now causing new development in Hall County to slow to a trickle, county officials say.

In response to state recommendations, Gainesville council members passed a resolution making water unavailable for new development until the drought situation improves and the state loosens its water-use restrictions.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Health department expects loss in revenue

A doctor from the Hall County Health Department divulged a staggering statistic to county officials Monday - the department is estimating a $866,208 loss in revenue this year.

During the fourth round of county budget hearings, Dr. David Westfall, District 2 public health director, said the health department is slated to receive significantly less revenues from Medicaid payments since the state adopted a managed health care form of Medicaid, similar to HMOs, in 2006.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man charged with fatal shooting

One Gainesville resident is dead and another is in jail in the first homicide case of 2008 for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Hugo M. Tepanca is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond on accusations of shooting 23-year-old Jose Vargas to death Sunday evening.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Change of heart: Pearson will seek re-election

State Sen. Eugene "Chip" Pearson, R-Dawsonville, said Monday that he would seek a third term to the state Senate.

Pearson was said to be eyeing a bid to fill the 9th District seat on the State Transportation Board. Mike Evans, a former state representative, resigned the post last week.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sources for more information or help in dealing with substance abuse

  • Avita Community Partners (formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services): 678-207-1800 (receives state funding; charges on a sliding scale based on income)
  • Center Point: 770-535-1050
  • Family Recovery: 770-535-1073
  • Laurelwood at Northeast Georgia Medical Center: 770-531-3800 (insurance or self-pay; no state subsidies available)
  • LifeWorks Counseling Services: 770-503-7999
  • New Hope Cimarron Counseling: 770-539-9669
  • Also, for more information, visit www.theantidrug.com.

May 02, 2008 | | Local


White Sulphur Elementary joins Riverbend in closing early Wednesday for Tour de Georgia

White Sulphur Elementary School in East Hall will have to close early Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race that started Monday.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials aim to keep road closures brief as Tour de Georgia rides through Hall

As more than 100 cyclists ride in Wednesday for one of the nation's premier cycling events, area motorists will have to pump the brakes - or at least take a detour.

May 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Students take a different test: Officials say random drug screens get results in Hall

In the professional ranks, athletes often are put on pedestals. But in Hall County, when it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, athletes are put under a microscope.

Currently, only student athletes in Hall County schools are subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, and school officials say it seems to be working.

May 01, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | Local


Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings out the banjos and fiddles

Break out your banjo 'cause the 12th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega this weekend proved that old time mountain music is still alive and kicking.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids get bird’s-eye view of Earth Day

They're so soft!" Emily McGarr said as Rebecca Nelson nodded in agreement about the caterpillar the two had been holding moments before.

May 01, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Businesses find the green in going green

Earth Day began as a grassroots movement, but these days it's become a marketing opportunity.

May 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Flowery Branch will celebrate Georgia Cities Week next week by offering tours of the City Administration Building, located across from City Hall, from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.

May 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Area schools brace for Central American refugee kids

Area school officials say they don't know how many refugee students, if any, will enter local schools this year but they are prepared to teach them as they would any others.

July 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville boy to help raise $1M for cancer research at Care-A-Thon

A Gainesville boy will be participating in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual Care-A-Thon to raise over $1 million for cancer research.

July 26, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


South Hall flooding case goes to US court

The case involving two Flowery Branch business owners seeking damages for their flooded property has been moved to U.S. District Court, with both parties filing disclosures this week.

July 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Rogers named co-chairman of Georgia House committee

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, has been named co-chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives' Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Philanthropist of Year nominations sought

The North Georgia Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Immersive summer studies teach languages differently

Every summer, students from around the world come to Dahlonega to immerse themselves in weeks of all-day, immersive study of foreign languages - but they don't begin their day with classes.

July 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


State park lodges get a face-lift

Two Northeast Georgia state park lodges, the Lodge at Amicalola Falls and Unicoi Lodge, are being renovated under the direction of the state of Georgia and the management of Coral Hospitality.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


Clarks Bridge Road has reopened

Clarks Bridge Road reopened to through traffic this morning, one day earlier than expected.

July 25, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Goodbye, chalkboards; school districts add new technology

July 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Voices of North Georgia community chorus gets $10K grant for operations

The Voices of North Georgia community chorus has been awarded a $10,000 operations grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, kicking off its 2014-2015 rehearsals with new excitement.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Flowery Branch council approves rezoning for planned unit development

A rezoning of residential land near downtown Flowery Branch opens the property for new homes.

July 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New data show area student growth in line with statewide averages

The Georgia Department of Education has released new data that show student achievement in Gainesville and Hall County is growing at a similar rate to achievement statewide.

July 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Firefighters fell more than 40 feet when bucket dropped

A dozen or more investigators continued Thursday combing through the malfunctioning Hall County fire truck that put three firefighters in intensive care units.

July 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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