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Hall County school board to consider shifting grades

Parents of Flowery Branch school children will have their first chance to comment on the Hall County school system's plans to reconfigure the area's schools on Monday.

With a new $36.5 million school complex on Spout Springs Road slated to open in August 2009, educators have decided to shuffle grade levels at the schools in the area, C.W. Davis Middle and Flowery Branch High, to accommodate the growth in South Hall, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Study suggests prostate screening more harmful for elderly men

You'd think that screening for cancer would always be beneficial. But in some cases, it may do more harm than good.

August 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


At age 96, Gladystine Green leaves behind a rich history and love of God

Perfect and beautiful accounts of history came easily from Gladystine Green.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Local


Boaters celebrate National Marina Day

Ten-year-old Owen Rager and his family make the short trip to Buford's Aquamarina Lazy Days from their suburban Gwinnett County home at least once a week to take their 21-foot Sea Ray out of a multideck dry storage and go boating on Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pair of events encourage kids to stay in school

Samantha Taylor, 17, and her 14-year-old friend, Keke Harris, clapped their hands in rhythm, laughed and swayed to the beat as a pair of young hip-hop artists busted rhymes Saturday afternoon on the stage of the Georgia Mountains Center arena.

August 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County Commission to discuss boat ramps

During its work session at 9 a.m. Monday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will hear from the Hall County Engineering Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the feasibility of extending some of the closed boat ramps on Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Injured soldier recovers at home

GILLSVILLE - Three and a half months after he was injured in battle, Pvt. Nathon Bagwell, 24, spent the night in his own bed Thursday.

Once his family removed the door frame and his wheelchair could fit in his bedroom, Bagwell reveled in the privacy he had not had in a long time.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Former Gainesville principal arrested on family violence charges

A former Gainesville Middle School principal faces misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

August 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Truett-McConnell College hires former Muslim as its president

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland has named Emir Caner, a former Sunni Muslim who converted to Christianity, as its eighth president.

The Board of Trustees voted in favor of the selection in a meeting Friday.

August 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Events get kids excited about their education

Though some area children probably dreaded going back to school this week, two local organizations will hold free events this weekend to get them excited about staying in school and getting an education.

The Grady Young Foundation will hold its first Back to School Slam Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gainesville High School, followed by the Beulah Rucker Museum and Educational Foundation's Back to School Rally at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Mountains Center.

August 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect in infant's death found dead

A woman who sheriff's officials planned to charge in the death of a Gainesville infant was found dead Thursday in Newton County, authorities said.

August 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Storms bring cooler weather

They may have seemed pretty fierce, but the storms that blew across the state Thursday didn't cause much damage. The storms dropped some much-needed rain and will bring cooler temperatures for the weekend.

Preliminary totals show that 0.72 inches of rain were recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

August 12, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Yellowjacket swarms bother more residents this summer

As autumn approaches, yellowjacket wasps become more numerous and more aggressive. That's part of their normal life cycle.

But this year, their populations seem to have gone out of control. Over the past couple of weeks, some area residents have complained of so many yellowjackets swarming over their lawns that they're almost afraid to go outside.

August 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Forsyth shooting victim might have witnessed previous crime

CUMMING - Authorities believe a 75-year-old man who was shot to death earlier this week may have been targeted because he was a witness to a previous assault involving his attacker.

Forsyth County sheriff's investigators say 75-year-old Iowa Hill "Buddy" Preston was shot in the head sometime between Monday and Tuesday in an apartment he owned on Carlton Road.

August 12, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Governments could be scrambling to make up lost revenue

Hall County officials met Wednesday with state Rep. Carl Rogers to discuss a possible loss of property tax revenue and a budget that keeps getting tighter.

Rogers, who represents part of Hall County, discussed the predicament local governments are in after Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed holding the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant and cutting other spending last week.

August 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Badge & Bar: Hall indicts Suwanee man for commercial gambling

A Suwanee man arrested in August 2013 in connection with commercial gambling in a Gainesville gas station was indicted last Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Newly formed visitors bureau lays foundation at 1st meeting

The board of directors of the newly formed Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement that will fund the city's new tourism arm.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Movie production will again cause traffic delays

BY JEFF GILL

July 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dealership plans groundbreaking ceremony for September; new roadwork continues

The construction of Milton Martin Toyota Way continues, as the company plans a September groundbreaking ceremony.

July 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fire truck posed problems for previous owner

The fire truck involved in a July 22 incident that injured three Hall County firefighters was sold by the fire department that owned it previously because of mechanical problems.

July 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High school math tests present challenge

At all Hall County and Gainesville schools in which mathematics II End of Course Tests scores were reported this year, the percentage of students to exceed the standard is zero.

July 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Rolling car's owner plans to fight charges, attorney says

The owner of the rolling car that injured four children Sunday has retained an attorney, who said Wednesday evening the owner "intends to fight the charges to the fullest extent allowed by the law."

July 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake group looks to state for water quality input

BUFORD - Area government and utility leaders appeared to be leaning Wednesday toward state environmental officials taking the lead in developing a water quality plan for Lake Lanier.

July 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau nursing school names Hewett, 2 others to posts

Brenau University has appointed Dina McDade Hewett of Gainesville as director of its School of Nursing.

July 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Chemical spill sends 5 workers to hospital in Forsyth County

Five workers at the Forsyth County Water Reclamation Facility on Carolene Way in Cumming were hospitalized just after 2 p.m. Tuesday after being exposed to sodium hydroxide, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

July 30, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Eyes on the Road: Flowery Branch restudying bridge bids

Flowery Branch has hit a delay in its much-needed Spring Street bridge project.

July 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Adult learning courses adapt to meet members' needs

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, a program that offers nondegree courses and activities to adults, is adapting after a member survey showed a need for more flexible pricing and scheduling.

July 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall library furlough days hurt workers, patrons alike

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its 2015 fiscal year budget in June, the spending plan included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time county workers and called for no furlough days.

July 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police find 32 grams of meth after traffic stop

Running a red light with a broken taillight led to a Stone Mountain man's arrest in Hall County on eight other drug, weapons and theft charges.

July 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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