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Sardis Elementary examines whether charter school status could help close academic achievement gap

Principal Jan Hughes sees a wide academic achievement gap between "children of poverty and children of wealth" at Sardis Elementary School.

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fair Street center's grand opening gives Southside a boost

The Fair Street Neighborhood Center officially opened for business Sunday with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kidney transplant patient rides his bike for charity

Peter Kite has battled adversity since the day he was born. But now the Dawsonville resident is focused on making life easier for others.

Kite, 39, has endured two consecutive kidney transplants. A congenital defect caused his kidneys to fail by the time he was 13, when he received a living donor transplant from his mother.

April 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lawyers sponsor run for a good cause: helping those in the court system to recover

As a run up to Law Day, Gainesville lawyers are running for a cause.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shearing day gets woolly

Despite gray skies and chilling temperatures, more than 300 people flocked to Wauka Valley Farm near Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the spring shearing of Lynn Johnson's 59 sheep.

For the seventh year, Johnson invited the public to her 40-acre farm that rests under the steadfast watch of Wauka Mountain.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County court clerk legally pockets passport fees

When Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood began processing passport applications in his office in 1991, they came trickling in a few per week, offering a modest supplement to his regular salary from fees of $7.50 each he kept as personal compensation.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Service means a great deal

It was a great day for Hall County on Saturday when the First United Methodist Church held its second annual Great Day of Service.

Lynda Askew and Letrell Simpson, who served as co-chairwomen for the event, planned more than 40 community projects for 843 volunteers. Askew said that the day was a tremendous success.

April 10, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Woman saves children from burning mobile home

A woman rescued two children from her burning mobile home Friday afternoon, braving heavy smoke to pull them from harm, Hall County fire officials said.

The woman was in the yard of 103 Second St. when she noticed smoke coming from the windows of the 12-foot-by-60-foot mobile home about 2 p.m. Friday, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


An hour of darkness for Earth’s good

Could you get along without electric lights for one hour? Here's your opportunity to find out.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Landscapers fix up Sonrise Camp

Area landscapers have donated their time and materials to fix up areas at Sonrise Camp in North Hall County, not just to make it look better, but also to make areas more accessible and educational.

Members of the North Georgia Chapter of the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association started working on the camp for special needs children and adults about six weeks ago, according to Steve Murray, president of the group. Friday morning, members of the group worked on sprucing up trails around Sonrise Camp.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fair Street gets new neighborhood center

On Sunday, Gainesville Parks and Recreation will celebrate the opening of its Fair Street Neighborhood Center, which offers just another site in Gainesville where residents can let the good times roll.

"We've had the Georgia Mountains Center and the Gainesville Civic Center, and now we have the Fair Street Neighborhood Center," said Brenda Martin, manager of the Gainesville Civic Center.

April 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Citizens take concerns to officials

A community park for Gainesville's south side has been pursued for at least four years, but has gotten nowhere so far because county officials haven't found adequate land, a group of residents was told Saturday.

Hall County Commissioner Deborah Mack said that in order for residents who live in the neighborhood running along the Athens Street corridor to have an adequate park, a minimum of 10 acres would be needed.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau announces plans to expand

Brenau is poised to embark upon a 15-year strategic plan that, upon completion, school officials hope will make it one of the pre-eminent universities on the East Coast.

April 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Flowery Branch City Council just trying to get along

The five members of the Flowery Branch City Council attended a two-day team-building retreat with city staff members at Lake Lanier Islands this weekend in an effort to improve communication among members of the council.

Flowery Branch Mayor Diane Hirling said the retreat is "well-timed," due to recent disagreements that have arisen between members of the council regarding the minutes of a Feb. 6 city council meeting.

April 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Humane Society to hold another rabies clinic

Due to the recent outbreak of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County, the Humane Society of Hall County will be holding another rabies vaccination clinic on April 19 at the shelter.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Lanier Tech’s best teachers, students discuss advantage of education

Christian Tetzlaff teaches at a technical college because he wants to give people the skills that helped save his father's life.

January 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County, Gainesville school superintendents thank community mentors for service

All that children need to succeed is one adult who cares about them.

January 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge and Bar: Defendants to be tried separately in West Avenue slaying

The two co-defendants accused in a West Avenue shooting death have been severed and will be tried separately, according to court documents.

January 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Louis Smith picked to lead Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A hospital executive from Texas has been named president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch’s Tarik Jalil wins trip to Super Bowl

Tarik Jalil has got a smile to light up a room.

January 28, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Relay for Life moving to new home

The organization that moves to end cancer is now making a move of its own.

January 28, 2015 | | Local


House transportation plan would replace fuel sales tax with excise tax

Georgia House leaders have announced a plan they say funnels $1 billion toward the state's transportation needs.

January 28, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Wal-Mart opens 2 new grocery stores in Gainesville

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened two stores in Gainesville Wednesday to cheerleaders, high school bands and jazz musicians.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: New DOT official concentrates on upcoming hurdles

The appointment of Russell McMurry as Georgia's roads chief turned a few heads last week.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers needed for upcoming CASA training

Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of local abused and neglected children.

January 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


West Hall seventh-grader wins county spelling bee

After many rounds of intense competition, Emily Wood won the Hall County School District spelling bee with the correct spelling of "goatee."

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lakeview to honor Addi Bales' fight against cancer Friday

Cancer is a tough opponent.

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Warren Lee Hill executed for killing fellow inmate

January 27, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Last year's 'snowmageddon' pushed improvements

North Georgia may have dodged the snow-and-ice bullet so far this year, but officials say they're in better shape in case the region is blasted by a storm like the "snowmageddon" that struck on this day last year.

January 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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