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Getting its ACT together: Georgia's scores improve while nation's scores decline

Georgia high school seniors made gains on the ACT this year, while the national average for the college entrance exam fell.

According to the state Department of Education, the state's composite ACT score rose to 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. The national average of 1.3 million students' scores fell to 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. In all ACT subjects - English, reading, math and science - Georgia's scores increased, bumping the state to 41st in national ACT rankings for 2008, up from 44th last year and from 47th in 2002.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall High rally honors star students

Shouts of "Move that bus!" rang out through North Hall High School's brickyard.

Ty Pennington wasn't there, but it was an episode of Extreme Makeover: Trojan Edition.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board declines to initiate mass rezoning

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board decided against initiating a controversial rezoning this week, a move that would have set a precedent for the appointed board.

August 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Horse lovers can get their license plates from the state

Guess which farm product brings more revenue into Georgia than peaches, pecans or peanuts?

August 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New S. Hall Kroger welcomes customers

With a high school band setting the musical backdrop, Kroger opened its newest Hall County supermarket Thursday in Oakwood.

The 76,000-square-foot store is the second in South Hall and the third in the county for the Cincinnatti-based company.

August 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall commission to address equestrian business

Fifty people likely will show up to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting dressed in red.

They will gather in red to show solidarity in opposition to the rezoning request of one of their longtime neighbors.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cadets get sheared in FROG week tradition

Clayton Grant remembers getting his military haircut at Woody's Barber Shop in Dahlonega during FROG week of 1961.

"It was rough," said Grant, who recently retired from the college. "I think they were rougher on you then than they are now. Of course, every generation thinks that."

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GBI clears Jefferson Police Department of wrongdoing

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Police Department's evidence room procedures and policies were under internal and state scrutiny in July, but the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report show that "there was no evidence of any wrongdoing," according to an Aug. 12 news release.

August 17, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times Regional Staff | Local


Gainesville customers cut use of water by 20 percent

When it comes to water conservation, Gainesville is right where it should be.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Four lanes, finally: Winder Highway opening in a month

A four-lane Winder Highway between Ga. 211 in South Hall to Atlanta Highway in Oakwood is set to open in about a month.

Motorists now are traveling along two southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

August 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No water from Lanier? Judge to decide if Georgia has right to drink from lake

The judge overseeing the "water wars" court battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama said Tuesday that he will decide whether Georgia has the legal right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


GBI: Hall sheriff's deputies returned Lula man's fire, killing him with shot to the head

A Lula man involved in a Monday standoff was shot dead by deputies, according to a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe of the incident.

August 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand

A Hall County sheriff's deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Way celebrates 60th anniversary by recognizing long-time donors

The United Way of Hall County celebrated its 60th anniversary Tuesday by naming a new program for one of its original founders.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia: Drinking water was Lanier's purpose

Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier.

In February, a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Georgia Milestones examination to challenge students

Historically, most students in Gainesville and Hall County have met or exceeded expectations on standardized tests for English, but that's expected to change with the new Georgia Milestones tests.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth crew cleans up sewer spill in subdivision

A crew from the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department contained a small sewer spill in an East Forsyth subdivision.

September 01, 2014 | Times Regional Staff | Local


Dawson deputy cleared of wrongdoing in arrest of woman at political rally

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman.

September 01, 2014 | Times Regional Staff | Local


Class Notes: Twitter campaign invites Ellen DeGeneres to Brenau University

Some students at Brenau University have started a hashtag campaign to bring talk-show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres to the school.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services center improving customer service, use of technology

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is improving its technology and customer services, starting in Gainesville.

September 01, 2014 | By Kristen Oliver koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville Domestic Violence Center builds new playground

A Gainesville domestic violence center recently built a playground to help families feel more at ease while living at the shelter and transitional housing.

September 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Kids’ dangerous summer affects rescuers

Flames burst out of the house as Hall County firefighter John Waldrop responded to one of the more difficult calls of his career.

August 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


School district offices support schools behind the scenes

Education happens in the classroom, but there's plenty going on behind the scenes.

August 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


From Ferguson to North Georgia, today's police resemble the military

August 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Rideshare lot goes unused

A Georgia Rideshare lot off Exit 17 at Interstate 985 has become more of a truck terminal and homeless haven than a commuter parking lot five years after it was built.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 charged with drug possession in North Hall

Two people were arrested and charged by the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad with several charges linked to possession of drugs.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cookout gathers community to support injured firefighters

Smoke rose Saturday from the Lowe's parking lot, but the Hall County fire department was already on the scene.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Laurel Fest says goodbye to summer

Though we may be reluctant to bid summer farewell, visitors to Saturday's Laurel Summer Fest did so in style.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man injured in stabbing at Gainesville mobile home park

A man has been transferred for medical treatment after being stabbed in Gainesville.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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