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Hall County school board to begin drug screenings of drivers

The Hall County School Board voted Monday to expand random, mandatory drug testing to all permitted student-drivers as well as student-athletes for the 2008-09 school year.

Until now, the school system has conducted random tests only on student-athletes.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Math, reading retests available for some grades

Certain students will be allowed to retake the math and reading sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this summer, and the state will count the highest score, Eloise Barron said Monday at the Hall County School Board meeting.

Barron, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said third-grade students will be able to retest in reading, and students in fifth and eighth grades will be able to retest in both math and reading.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Perdue: State gas tax won’t jump

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday halted what would have been a 2.9 cent per gallon jump in the state gasoline tax, saying the state should not be taking advantage of a tax windfall driven by spiking prices at the pump.

"Frankly, I don't think we can justify raising taxes on gasoline in a time of economic stress for many families," Perdue said at a state Capitol news conference.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Biologists say corps can keep more water in Lanier, other Georgia reservoirs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday released a biological opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Modified Interim Operating Plan for water releases at Jim Woodruff Dam into the Apalachicola River, saying it would not reduce the likelihood of survival for federally protected species.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Walkers step forward for Chattahoochee's health

They walk, but not because of high gasoline prices. Instead, they walk for the health of the water.

"It's about our relationship with water and the Earth and to the natural world," Barbara Morton, a Bremen resident said as she walked through Clermont on U.S. 129 Monday afternoon.

June 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Higher taxes could hit businesses hard

While much has been written and discussed about the cost of a school tax hike to residential property owners in Gainesville, those who own businesses and rental property within the city are also bracing for additional costs they will have to pass on to customers.

June 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


In Lula man’s life, every day is a celebration

Mordecai Wilson's home bears the evidence of a happy life.

June 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Seasons on Lanier dreams dashed

The first residents of the Seasons on Lake Lanier community have been stuck in time since November.

June 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board faces June 30 budget deadline

In wrestling with a deficit up to $7 million, the Gainesville school board may use up every available hour in approving a 2008-09 budget by the state's June 30 deadline. That budget may include raising property taxes up to 20 percent.

June 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Troublesome kudzu turns to useful items in artist’s hands

Many Southerners detest kudzu as much as they detest cockroaches.

But fiber artist Regina Hines demonstrated Sunday that kudzu can be used to create more than an overgrown garden.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Old, new paddlers mix at regatta

After high-pressure competitions in Oklahoma City and Montreal, Saturday's Southern Invitational Regatta on Lake Lanier was a chance for local paddlers to loosen up and take a few victory laps.

June 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia native returns to lead Gainesville congregation

Despite a gray and overcast sky Sunday morning, the spotlight in St. John Baptist Church shined brightly on the church's newest member and pastor elect, the Rev. Stephen Samuel.

Samuel led his first official church service on Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of June.

June 12, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


AARP holds two-day course to benefit older drivers

Turning 16 years old means one thing for most teens - it's time to take that driving test in hopes of earning the freedom to drive.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


The Stonebridge Village alternative lures shoppers to Flowery Branch

To the delight of area shoppers, new retailers are popping up at the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Nicholson, owner of popular 1950s drive-in, dies at 96

John Nicholson, whose Gainesville drive-in hamburger restaurant was a landmark dining spot and cruising destination in the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday at Lanier Park Hospital after a brief illness. He was 96.

June 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Kids learn healthy habits, swimming at day camp

For 11-year-old Ethan Payne, the best part of day camp is getting to "move and groove."

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Costs rising to replace 2 Hall County bridges

Costs have increased more than 20 percent in two key Hall County bridge replacement projects.

July 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Full scholarships expand to 14 programs at Lanier Tech

Eleven programs have been added to a 100 percent tuition scholarship grant at Lanier Technical College.

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | 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


Hot weather health tips

Here are some tips to help you deal with the summer heat wave.

June 30, 2012 | From staff reports | Local


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