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GBI tests bullet in suspect’s death

Ballistics tests will determine whether a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent or a Lumpkin County sheriff's deputy fired the shot that killed a bank robbery suspect who pointed a fake gun at officers Friday in Helen, a GBI spokesman said.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bait business down, but smoke sales are up

Some people choose to view the glass as half full. Others, like Kerry Hicks, owner of the Smokin' Fisherman in Clermont, think it's better to be prepared for the worst.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CRCT changed to align with state standards

This April, all first- through eighth-graders in the Hall County and Gainesville city school systems took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

For the first time, there were eight CRCT this year that were aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards, which are academic standards the state Department of Education expects all Georgia students to meet.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Is Lake Lanier's economic impact all dried up?

The convergence of a multiyear drought and a prolonged dip in the economy has given businesses that depend on water and the outdoors a double dose of medicine they would rather not take.

"The drought has affected us," said Johnny Crowe of Water Sports Central, a boat dealership on Holiday Road in South Hall County. "I believe it has affected everyone in the entire state."

July 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local lawyers get ready for Hall County State Court judge interviews

Four local lawyers are scheduled to interview with a search committee in Atlanta today for a new Hall County State Court judgeship.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: Going to the gym isn't the only way to exercise

You bought that gym membership or piece of home workout equipment with the best of intentions, but you're filled with a sense of dread every time you think about working out. After all, the phrase does contain the word "work."

But getting regular exercise can seem more like fun than a chore, and you should be able to break the weekly requirement into "bite-sized" pieces to make it easier, according to a local exercise expert.

July 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Summer school is costly to provide

New versions of state math, science and social studies Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests sent thousands of failing Georgia students back for 20 more days of school this summer.

Roughly 1,400 Hall County students attended summer school in June - about twice as many as last summer, according to Gerald Boyd, Hall County school improvement specialist.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville woman escapes from smoke-filled apartment

A Gainesville woman was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Sunday evening after her apartment was filled with smoke, officials said.

July 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sandlot Sports summer camp helps at-risk youths learn to survive

In most recreational baseball games, kids are separated by age, sex or skill level. But at Sandlot Sports Camp's championship baseball game Sunday, everyone had fun playing together, whether they were 16 or 6.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mismatched driver’s license can lead to jail

For new brides, changing a last name on scores of personal and legal documents may be a minor hassle.

But being booked into jail for having a driver's license that doesn't match up with your Social Security card can be a much bigger headache.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Restaurant draws more customers than before

Many local businesses have had to adapt to survive the low water levels on Lake Lanier. But Skogie's restaurant has evolved so well, in fact, that it's expanding.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Music, events mesmerize at Celtic festival

MURRAYVILLE - The sound of bagpipes filled the air Saturday afternoon and into the night on a farm near the Lumpkin County line during the inaugural Starbridge Celtic Festival.

July 24, 2008 | By Alison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Parents chip in to spruce up World Languages Academy

Although the old Chestnut Mountain Elementary School has been replaced with a sparkling new $13.2 million school building on Union Church Road, the 40-plus-year-old building will open its doors Aug. 7 for yet another year of learning.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Boat sales changing, but retailer is optimistic

Brent Danneman is tired of everyone being so negative about Lake Lanier.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall students above state average

Hall County high school students excelled on the High School End of Course Tests, with some subject scores well above state averages.

July 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Funding is key to child welfare reforms, advocates say

A Jan. 9 announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council offered recommendations to improve the state's record of caring for children.

February 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hospital plans to deliver new pediatric unit in Braselton

January 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy drawing more girls

January 31, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Fundraiser for Lakeview kindergartner Addi Bales raises $26K

A fundraiser to benefit a local cancer-stricken kindergartner raised about $26,000 on Friday night, according to the child's mother.

January 31, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Hall Chairman Mecum: State of the county is 'very good'

The growth is coming from the south, but will the money come from there, too?

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Five displaced in Baker Road fire

Five people all escaped injury after an early morning fire caused extensive damage to their double-wide mobile home.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia lawmakers working out kinks in cannabis oil bill

While regulations governing the production and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are now absent from proposed medical marijuana legislation, state lawmakers are pushing forward with remedies to the problem.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia leaders seek changes to AP US History to celebrate ‘positive aspects’

Teachers shouldn't emphasize the negative aspects of U.S. history.

January 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Read the resolution on AP History

Senate Resolution 80

January 31, 2015 | | Local


Will cannabis oil be made available for more patients?

Lawmakers have made the case for medical marijuana over the past year by limiting the number of patients who can legally possess and use the drug to the families of children with seizure disorders.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau vice president appointed to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

A Brenau University vice president was sworn in Thursday to serve on the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County food, shelter agencies can apply for additional funding

Food and shelter programs in Hall County can apply for additional funding after the county was chosen to receive national Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Redevelopment plan is road map for Flowery Branch's future

With more retail shops open for business downtown, new homes being built and upcoming plans for more accommodating roads, it's safe to say Flowery Branch is a bustling town.

January 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


New Year's Eve road rage incident led to gunfire, authorities say

Being cut off in traffic led to road rage between two men in Hall County and ended with a gunshot, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Lusk said Friday at a committal hearing.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash seized

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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