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City, county schools surpass state English language learner targets

Recently released test scores show both Hall County and Gainesville schools' English language learners exceeded state targets for English proficiency progress in the 2007-2008 school year.

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More than paper, plastic at Hall’s recycling event

It's time to start sorting through all the junk you don't use anymore. Saturday is America Recycles Day, and Hall County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of a wide variety of items.

"This is the biggest event we've had, the most ambitious," said Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator for Hall County.

November 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Level of lake visitors drops with water

BUFORD - The chief operating officer of Lake Lanier Islands told attendees at a chamber of commerce meeting Wednesday that overall visitation to Lake Lanier had declined by 1 million visitors this year, due to a combination of low lake levels and the economy.

November 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State DOT may give local officials more input on projects

The state Department of Transportation board is starting to consider giving local governments more say-so in the road projects they deem worthy as part of a state effort to reprioritize construction efforts.

"This has not been written in stone yet," said 9th District member Steve Farrow, "but there was enough hesitation on enough of the members ... that my sense of it is that there may be a reluctance to completely use prioritization as the sole means of funding projects."

November 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annexation benefits called into question by Jackson County residents

As city of Jefferson officials consider moving forward with annexing more than 30 county properties into the city, some affected residents are questioning how they will benefit from the transition.

November 16, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Operation Patriot’s Call seeking donations

The Northeast Georgia chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is initiating a support group called Operation Patriot's Call for the families of the U.S. Army troops in Charlie Company who will be deployed to Afghanistan in the spring.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


More area families try home schooling

Although the Stewart family tried to send their oldest son to public school, they decided to pull the plug on the venture when Cason reached third grade.

November 15, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New president for North Georgia Tech

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson has appointed Steve Dougherty as the new president of North Georgia Technical College.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


36 arrests a prelude to convict's 18-year sentence

A Hall County man who has been arrested 36 times in the past two decades got a lengthy prison term Tuesday for an armed home invasion.

November 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Loans available to make your business ‘green’

Most major corporations have started "green" initiatives to make their companies more environmentally friendly. But small businesses have lagged behind.

November 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Collins: Something to be said for having a little solitude

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

November 15, 2008 | State Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. | Local


West Hall Middle Patriots live up to mascot on Veterans Day

West Hall Middle School Principal Sarah Justus recalled memories of her former student, Pfc. Johnathon Millican, who was killed in action last year in Iraq at age 20, during a Veterans Day ceremony.

November 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Residents wanting piece of tax pie meet to discuss SPLOST

The Concerned Citizens of Gainesville and Hall County spoke up about the issues in their community with members of Hall County government at the group's monthly meeting Tuesday.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Car fire may be arson

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his office will be investigating a fire in South Hall County they believe may have been started intentionally.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Old gas station tanks halt DOT work in Cleveland

The Georgia Department of Transportation got an unexpected delay and - for a time - a mystery on its hands when working to place ornamental traffic poles in the Cleveland downtown square.

November 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Counte Cooley was tired of driving by Gainesville High School and not seeing his elephant.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama's signature, it will be Army controlled.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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