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Interim superintendent for city schools ready to get started

Merrianne Dyer entered the Gainesville city school system as a fourth-grader at Enota Elementary School.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools will operate on monthly budget through August

The Gainesville City Board of Education passed a continuing resolution this evening to extend the system's ability to operate on a monthly budget through August.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Obama volunteers pound the pavement

On a scorching summer morning, local supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were taking it to the streets.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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


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City water program includes improving service in Gateway area

Gainesville is gearing up for what could be a two-year effort to improve water service in the area around Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall County.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch facility gets ball rolling for Tesla

A Flowery Branch plant is getting the motor running for Tesla Motors, a producer of electric cars increasing in popularity.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug Free Coalition honors retiring juvenile court judge

Entering the final month of his 24-year juvenile court career, Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff received the second annual Mary Parks Youth Champion Award on Tuesday night at a ceremony in Gainesville.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville council gives first OK in rezoning for assisted living center

Gainesville City Council gave its first OK Tuesday night to a zoning change that would pave the way for a planned 200-bed assisted living center on Thompson Bridge Road.

December 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Humanist group sues Hall school district over prayers

A lawsuit has been filed against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 02, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Equipment catches fire, damages Athens Street business

No one was injured when equipment being repaired caught fire Monday and damaged an Athens Street business in Gainesville, according to Hall County Fire Services.

December 01, 2014 | | Local


Maine lawyer to oversee ‘water wars’ suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Portland, Maine, lawyer to oversee a Florida lawsuit alleging Georgia's water consumption has drained flows into the Apalachicola Bay, home of Florida's oyster industry.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Love Light shining again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A green tree glows in sparkling white once again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Riders give strong feedback on Gainesville transit changes

Routes were one thing, but Gainesville Connection destinations also got a small group excited.

December 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall planning commission approves rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The Hall County Planning Commission voted Monday in favor of a rezoning request brought by Brenau University for a new athletic complex.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man rescues young son as fire burns home

When Robert Elliott saw the smoke, he rushed upstairs to grab his almost 5-year-old son Mason, the walls quickly melting around him.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board lists its priorities for legislators

Gainesville City Schools has a list of issues it wants its legislators to consider.

December 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visiting Christmas tree farms becomes family tradition

Kathy Cooper's son Tyler leaves for the mountains about 6 a.m. to cut down trees.

November 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Firefighters battling fire at Arbor Point home

Hall County firefighters late tonight are battling a residential fire in the 6500 block of Arbor Point in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia Democrats debate future after ‘14 losses

ATLANTA - If Democrats want to win statewide in Georgia, they'll need to start now by reaching out to key constituencies and dedicating more money and resources to building up a network of grass-roots supporters.

November 30, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


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