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State ponders merging 2-year colleges, tech schools

As state officials consider merging technical and community colleges into one system, some say it's too soon to know what effect the move could have on education.

June 05, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rappel, march, shoot, Army JROTC style at leadership camp

Regional members of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps can be found rappelling, canoeing, shooting and marching in the Gainesville area this week.

June 05, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Braselton classic rock show set for Saturday

People driving on Ga. 53 Saturday afternoon may hear songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other famous classic rock bands coming from Braselton Park.

The band Under1Roof will take the stage at Braselton Park playing covers for the third annual Concert in the Park from 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

June 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Water shuts off today for repairs

Water service will be interrupted for residents on West Gate Drive and West Gate Place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today as the Gainesville Public Utilities Department makes water main improvements.

June 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Falling trees knock out power in 2 areas of Gainesville

Falling trees caused at least two significant power outages Thursday in Gainesville, but Georgia Power officials say all issues were resolved by early evening.

June 04, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Power restored in Gainesville after trees knock down lines

Falling trees caused at least two significant power outages earlier today in Gainesville, but Georgia Power officials say all issues have been resolved.

June 04, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Volunteer emergency staff in Jackson County to get insurance

JEFFERSON - The volunteer firefighters and first responders who aid Jackson County officials during emergencies risk their lives alongside county employees to keep residents safe.

And with recent approval from the Jackson County Commission, these volunteers will soon be covered under the county's insurance plan.

June 04, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hoschton plans to appeal court ruling on pump dispute

HOSCHTON - The city of Hoschton plans to appeal a court's ruling in a dispute between the city and Horizon Communities, LLC over ownership rights of a pump station.

June 04, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Rain slows construction on Gainesville's parking deck, public safety building

While the recent rain may be good for Lake Lanier, it doesn't help construction projects on a deadline.

June 04, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jackson County wants tourists to take day trips on antiques trail

When the heat of the summer arrives, most people's thoughts turn to taking some sort of family vacation; but with economic progress currently frozen, a lot of people don't have the necessary funds for extended trips.

June 04, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Holly Theatre picks two former board members as interim directors

DAHLONEGA - Just five months after taking the executive director position at Dahlonega's Holly Theatre, Jay Constantz has turned in his resignation.

June 04, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Flowery Branch council OKs false alarm law

FLOWERY BRANCH - Hoping to curb the number of false alarms in the city, the Flowery Branch City Council gave its first approval Wednesday to a new law that would set fines for repeat offenders.

June 04, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


New hot line links parents to safe child care providers

Many parents find it tough to find a place they feel comfortable leaving their children during the day, but a new referral line may make finding child care a little easier.

June 03, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hoschton names new police chief

Hoschton now has a permanent police chief after the City Council voted Monday to appoint Capt. Jeremy Howell to the position.

June 03, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Lake Lanier manual update is on the fast track, corps official says

BUFORD - Jerry Barnes, pulled from retirement out of his home in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, first thought the task of modernizing the water control plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin would take three years.

June 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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