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Bus transfers lead to long rides for some students

Schools of choice may allow parents the power to pick, yet kids being shuttled to schools across Gainesville or to the other end of South Hall County may be whining to bus drivers, "Are we there yet?"

Just this year, Hall County schools opened the World Language Academy, the system's first school of choice that accepts students countywide regardless of their home district. The World Language Academy joins the ranks of the entire Gainesville school system, which has offered school choice and bus transportation for all five of its elementary schools since 2003, according to Gainesville schools transportation director ...

September 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia Power crews head out to help Ike victims

After Hurricane Ike's winds beat the coast of Texas and eventually slowed to tropical storm status Saturday, Georgia Power employees prepared to assist their fellow utility companies with the task of returning power to more than 2.5 million people in the Houston area.

September 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Festival fun starts flowing at Helen's Oktoberfest

With a second tapping of the keg, Helen kicked off its 39th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon.

September 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax rate, parking deck to be discussed by Gainesville council

The Gainesville City Council will vote Tuesday to adopt the Gainesville school board's tentative tax rate less than one month before Gainesville residents will receive their property tax bills.

September 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Scholarship pageant starting in South Hall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Plans are developing for the Miss Hall County/Flowery Branch Scholarship Pageant set for Nov. 7-8.

September 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch may see more road construction

FLOWERY BRANCH -- More roadwork could be on the way for busy Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

September 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


5K, fun run to be held in hiker’s honor

When Meredith Emerson was living in Buford, she and her black Labrador retriever Ella enjoyed running and hiking the trails at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

September 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Healthy Monday: Heart Walk can boost your life

One of the best things you can do to keep your heart healthy is to walk.

September 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Homicides hit all-time high in White County

Five homicides in a year isn't exactly a shocking statistic, but for White County - population 25,000 - it's a record.

"That's an awful high number," said White County Sheriff Neal Walden, whose deputies made an arrest in the county's most recent homicide last week, charging a 45-year-old Cleveland woman in the shooting death of her husband.

September 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Something to crow about

HOSCHTON - Hoschton could soon hold a Guinness World Record. The city's bid to break the previous world record for most scarecrows in one area ended Sept.1, and the city more than met its goal.

Organizer Robbie Bettis said that as of last week, more than 5,000 scarecrows had been made.

September 17, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Picnic shows appreciation for veterans

Saturday's picnic honoring veterans and active military not only featured the traditional picnic trappings of food, sodas and live music, but also a fundraiser and information about benefits.

September 17, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville's conservation could pay off soon

Gainesville officials have been working to conserve fuel for months now, but their efforts - resulting in more than a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption - haven't been reflected in the city's bank account.

September 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State award honors Hall County schools for CRCT test scores

State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has honored five Hall County schools with Distinguished Achievement Awards for students' gains on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

September 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lake Lanier: Site of 2009 tourism event

The 2009 Governor's Tourism Conference will be held next year at Lake Lanier Islands, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday.

September 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville pulls rank on fried chicken

While it long has been established that Gainesville is the Poultry Capital of the World, a local historian is now asserting that Gainesville may have been the place that fried chicken was invented.

September 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Perdue doubles down on attack ad

The Bushes aren't from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan has become a focal point in a contentious Senate race here as Republican David Perdue trades fire with Democrat Michelle Nunn over her work at the Bush family's Points of Light foundation.

September 17, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Smyrna man charged with public indecency at Lake Lanier

A Smyrna man was arrested Tuesday and charged with public indecency related to an incident on Three Sisters Island, according to officials.

September 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities pull stolen truck from lake

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park was determined Wednesday to be stolen from Gwinnett County, said Hall County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Tree trimming causes traffic delays on I-985

Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 985 can expect to see traffic delays through Oct. 3 as Georgia Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the road.

September 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area schools make state list for highest progress

Three Gainesville schools and two Hall County schools made a list for those with the highest progress in the state.

September 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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