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Early peek at CRCT scores shows progress

As Georgia educators begin to analyze preliminary district level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores, Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield and Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said they are pleased with what they've seen so far.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Supreme Court race crowded

There is no shortage of people vying to succeed Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears on the state's highest court.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More public input sought on changes planned for I-85 car-pool lanes

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set a second round of public hearings on plans to allow solo commuters to ride - for a fee - in Interstate 85 car-pool lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

June 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Falcons release Michael Vick's contract

June 12, 2009 | | Local


Officials hope kids get hooked on the outdoors

Come Saturday at Vogel State Park, the fish will practically be leaping onto the fish hooks, and, organizers hope, luring in some new hobbyists.

June 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


'Jenrette paid the ultimate sacrifice'

Kelly McCloud stood on the corner of the driveway to Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport just before noon Thursday with her neighbors and their children holding flags.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school system bracing for more cuts

Leaders of the Gainesville school system are taking an even closer look at the system's budget draft following a visit from state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox who advised them to be prepared for further state cuts and possible furloughs which could prolong the system's time in the red.

June 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County promises water to Belmont area

County officials are promising the residents of South Hall's Belmont community water service, even if they have to break a three-year agreement with the city to do it.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


County passes $92.7 million budget

Hall County commissioners approved the county's $92.7 million budget Thursday, but not without opposition.

While some commissioners praised county department heads for reducing their budgets and enduring furloughs to make ends meet this year, commissioners Ashley Bell and Steve Gailey said they were skeptical of the revenue projections on which the county's 2010 spending plan depends.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


As they plan to merge, American Legion posts schedule picnic for Saturday

Two area American Legion posts will be celebrating their impending merger with a fellowship picnic on Saturday.

June 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Need to toss the TV? Saturday gives folks chance to recycle electronics

Keep Hall County Beautiful is trying to make the world a better place, one busted computer and bag of trash at a time.

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Puppeteer brings message of reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink to Jefferson library program

JEFFERSON - What do you get when you mix several wicker baskets and a couple sets of large, wooden salad spoons and forks?

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


I-985 work set to start Wednesday, last until July 16

Georgia Department of Transportation crews are set to work on Interstate 985, starting Wednesday and ending July 16.

June 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Alpharetta man killed in Dawsonville Highway collision

Forsyth County officials have identified an Alpharetta man who was killed in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on Dawsonville Highway.

June 11, 2009 | | Local


Gainesville annexation plan sparks opposition from Hall County

Gainesville City Council members plan to move ahead with the annexation of 60 unincorporated islands situated on major entrances into the city.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Lower gas prices fueling more holiday travel

If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, "the sooner you fill up, the better," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com. That ...

May 27, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Reunion residents still hoping for Ga. 347 traffic light

A new traffic light for Sterling on the Lake has scratched at an old wound for some residents at another massive South Hall subdivision, Reunion ...

May 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lyman Hall class: Still together after all these years

The gathering of classmates for a "team" photo was a little reminiscent of the women in "A League of Their Own," gathering at the end ...

May 26, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Still together after all these years

The gathering of classmates for a "team" photo was a little reminiscent of the women in "A League of Their Own," gathering at the end ...

May 26, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Local unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent in April

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate for April was 4.2 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point ...

May 26, 2016 | | Local


Six injured in Dawsonville Highway collision

Three people were seriously injured, with one being flown to Atlanta Medical Center, in a two-vehicle wreck this afternoon on Dawsonville Highway.

May 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Two men charged with possessing child porn

Two Gainesville men are accused of possessing child pornography, according to authorities.

May 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Hairdresser Margaret Bates remembered as generous, loving

Margaret Rider Bates had a knack for taking care of her customers. Her 48 years as a hairdresser and 32 years as owner of The ...

May 26, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Murder suspect pleads not guilty in girlfriend's death

A Gainesville man accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend pleaded not guilty at arraignment Wednesday.

May 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


11-year-old involved in Dawson County dirt bike crash dies

An 11-year-old Dawson County boy involved in a dirt bike wreck earlier this week has died.

May 26, 2016 | By Michele Hester mhester@dawsonnews.com | Local


State patrol uses island fire as training opportunity

An island fire far from the mainland that attracted numerous complaints led to a Georgia State Patrol training exercise on how to drop water from ...

May 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


GO VIDEO: Try one of these summer cocktails on the square

Here's a list of summery cocktails you can get on the square in downtown Gainesville. Which one is your favorite? also, remember to never ...

May 26, 2016 | | Local


Spout Springs Road right of way acquisition for widening could start later this year

Hall County is hoping to start this year buying property needed for the Spout Springs Road widening project.

May 25, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Four Hall County middle schools on ‘greatest gains’ list based on test results

Four Hall County middle schools have been named to the state's "greatest gains" list of schools that have had high growth in student achievement.

May 25, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Retiring Chicopee Woods teacher honored with award named for her

Emily Williams appears to be the grandmother she is - with seven grandchildren - but she also is a 38-year teacher and was honored Tuesday with the ...

May 25, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


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