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County school officials rethink ‘block schedule’

GAINESVILLE - Hall County schools' teachers and administrators are looking at revising the "block schedule," with changes to come possibly as early as next school year.

The block schedule initially was put in place "to get kids to more courses, or at least the opportunity to take more courses," said Sally Krisel, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual service honors Confederate Lt. Gen. Longstreet

The life and death of Alta Vista Cemetery's most renowned figure was honored Sunday afternoon with a three-volley rifle salute by Confederate re-enactors.

January 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


ITBS scores hold or improve in Hall schools

Early results on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills show that Hall County students in second through eighth grades districtwide improved or stayed at the same level in five of six subject areas.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Search for missing hiker to be scaled back today

The Associated Press

January 18, 2008 | | Local


Forest Service may ban off-road vehicles from trails

Citing environmental concerns, officials with the Chattahoochee National Forest say they want to permanently close an area used by off-road vehicles.

January 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man dies in wreck after train collision

A Maysville man was killed Friday afternoon when his truck was struck by a train in Commerce.

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Modular home builder still battling Gainesville

GAINESVILLE -- Grant Smereczynsky is hoping the third time's the charm in his ongoing battle against the city of Gainesville.

January 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Teacher of the Year: Joel Aquino

OAKWOOD -- Joel Aquino spent years traveling the world with companies mining in exotic places, including a $13 billion gold and copper find in Laos.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Raising Young Minds: Gainesville, Hall top teachers

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education. Each teacher was asked to submit information about their jobs, as well as career and educational backgrounds. The following is based on information each one provided and from personal profiles on school Web sites:

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Teachers of year cultivate young minds

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education.

January 17, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


New school board members will be sworn in Monday

GAINESVILLE - A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Monday.

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff will swear in Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith at the beginning of the board's monthly work session, which begins at 5 p.m.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


More and more shore: Lanier cleanup goes on

It looked more like a dump than a lakeshore.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville Teacher of the Year: Dawn Barry

GAINESVILLE -- On the first week of school, Dawn Barry takes her kindergartners on a tour of the school with the help of Curious George.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


2007 traffic deaths same as last year

The same number of people died on Hall County's public roads in 2007 as the previous year, though it remained a serious reduction from the record number of fatal accidents reached in 2005.

According to accident data maintained by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, 20 people died in traffic accidents in the county in the past year, including three fatal accidents in the city of Gainesville. That number does not reflect four fatal accidents that occurred on private property, including a Dec. 29 all-terrain vehicle crash that killed sheriff's Sgt. James Evans.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shore cleanup gains popularity

Last month, the Lake Lanier Association initiated a "Shore Super Sweep" to deal with all the trash being uncovered by the lake's shrinking water level.

Dumpsters were set up at five sites around Lanier so people could pick up litter anytime and drop it off for collection. The association also encouraged volunteers to organize their own small cleanups.

January 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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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