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School enrollment rises, but not as much as predicted

This year's early enrollment numbers show both that Hall County and Gainesville school systems added fewer students this year than projected. And according to unofficial numbers, the Hall County system took on substantially fewer Hispanic students than expected.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Frances Meadows center makes a splash

Young Chris Robinson couldn't contain his enthusiasm as one of the first to walk through the gates of the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center on Saturday morning.

September 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drivers, better gas up now

Motorists, be forewarned. The drop in gas prices you've been enjoying recently may come screeching to a halt this weekend.

September 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State’s health plan gets a trim

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is appealing a decision by the Department of Community Health to drop Blue Cross from its State Health Benefit Plan. But state officials say that won't affect an upcoming change in the program's insurance options.

September 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Welcome back, football Fridays

The leaves haven't changed yet, and the late afternoon sun still burns like it did at midsummer.

September 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities work to send weather warnings to schools faster

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell met with local educators Friday to discuss the possibility of expanding direct severe weather warning alert systems to include principals and administrators.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Corps slows flows from Lake Lanier

This week's increase of more than 2 feet in the level of Lake Lanier is the greatest rise in the lake in two years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir. And it keeps rising.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the level of Lake Lanier was 1,055.69 feet above mean sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site. That compares with 1,053.30 three days earlier. One year ago, the level of Lanier was 1,059.05.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jurors give convicted killer life without parole

A jury's sentence of life without parole for a convicted double murderer Thursday brought an end to one of Hall County's longest-pending criminal cases.

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara, 26, showed no emotion as Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, after a tense pause to look over the verdict form, read aloud the sentence of the nine-man, three-woman jury. The panel spent more than four hours over two days deliberating his fate.

September 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's budget in the black, despite sales tax slump

Gainesville ended fiscal year 2008 with money to spare, but sales tax revenues were down over last year, the city's chief financial officer said Thursday.

September 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Commission: Residents worry about changes

Proposed changes in their neighborhoods drew many people to Thursday's Hall County commission meeting.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Uga VII to be introduced prior to Saturday's game

Uga VII, the latest in the storied line of University of Georgia mascots will be introduced Saturday in pre-game ceremonies before Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern.

The new mascot succeeds Uga VI, who died in June of heart problems. He will be escorted onto the field by members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah who have owned the continuous line of mascots since Uga I took up the mantle in 1956.

September 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Retroactive change in grad tests called ‘a life-changer’

Former students who met graduation requirements but did not pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test now can petition for their diploma.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday

It's time to clean up our mess.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hear proposals on budget Thursday

The Gainesville City Council will continue hearing departmental accomplishments, goals and budget priorities for the next fiscal year when it meets for a work session Thursday morning.

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services get new gear for busy lake season

Before millions of people flock to Lake Lanier this summer, Hall County Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black knew the county's marine rescue team needed reinforcement.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


ER services at new Braselton hospital will help speed response

Making sure that Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's opening syncs with Hall County's emergency services has been anything but an afterthought in the new hospital's overall planning efforts, officials say.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics executive director plans to retire

For Cheryl Christian, retiring was all about timing.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities work to solve mystery of skeletal remains found in Flowery Branch

A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch and law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.

March 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


GBI: 3-year-old killed from accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound

A 3-year-old died Sunday after unintentionally firing a handgun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Monday.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Big crowd expected at job fair in Forsyth County

March 30, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Normally, people only go to the hospital if they have to.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

March 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School yearbook earns praise for design

Gainesville High School's yearbook, "The Radiator," recently received national recognition for excellence in design.

March 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Clock ticking as legislature enters final week of session

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are set to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight on Thursday, leaving only two working days left for the year and plenty to accomplish.

March 29, 2015 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


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