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Hospital tightens emergency room payment policy

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has adopted a new payment policy that requires nonemergency patients to pay a greater portion of their bill in advance.

As of June 1, all patients who visit the emergency room will be evaluated to determine whether they have a truly emergency condition. If the patient has a minor condition that doesn't require emergency treatment, they can either go to a primary care facility or stay in the ER and get treated, but pay up front.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Residency rules for sex offenders will be back in July

Local authorities expect few changes when a revised law restricting where registered sex offenders may live goes into effect July 1, while one legal advocacy group says the revisions to the law didn't go far enough.

June 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stolen school supplies, including computers, recovered

The Flowery Branch Police Department has recovered nearly $100,000 worth of school supplies stolen from C.W. Davis Middle School and other area schools.

Robert Franz Joseph II of Dacula has been arrested in Manchester, N.H., and charged with 17 counts of burglary, police Chief Gerald Lannick said.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Once bitten, know why

Does your dog bite?

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State CRCT results gloomy

A preliminary snapshot of this year's Georgia's state exam results are depicting a disappointing picture for local schools, and have left teachers, parents and students on pins and needles waiting for official results and the finger pointing that is sure to follow.

June 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier drowning victim identified

A Gwinnett County man drowned Tuesday afternoon in Lake Lanier, just days before the Memorial Day holiday weekend begins.

June 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Displaced workers apply for jobs at fair

When Donna Fricks went to work at what is now Mohawk Carpets, the first George Bush was president and a gallon of gas was about a dollar.

Fricks is among 366 people who will be out of a job when the Dahlonega plant closes in June. With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, she ponders the cost of commuting to a new job.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council defeats gas station at Seasons on Lanier

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

Following a tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting, the plans for the gas station are dead - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Development authority gives Gainesville, Hall permission to collaborate on industrial park

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority approved the intergovernmental development agreement that will allow Gainesville and Hall County to collaborate on the new industrial park at a meeting Tuesday.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall under severe thunderstorm watch

Hall and other counties in Northeast Georgia are among counties which are included in a severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Opposition to drug-testing absent at hearing

No one came to the Central Office to oppose the Hall County School System's proposal to expand its drug testing program to include student drivers, but one parent said he wants to see the school system tackle steroids in athletics.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Officials: Forsyth man shoots self, aims at teen

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a confrontation Tuesday morning with his ex-girlfriend near a bus stop in southern Forsyth County.

May 31, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


City council defeats fueling station for now

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

A tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting means plans for the fuel station are out of gas - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall Development Authority OKs industrial park agreement

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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