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State throws out social studies portion of CRCT

The Georgia Department of Education is throwing out results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests' social studies portion taken by sixth- and seventh-graders in April.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital tightens emergency room payment policy

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has adopted a new payment policy that requires nonemergency patients to pay a greater portion of their bill in advance.

As of June 1, all patients who visit the emergency room will be evaluated to determine whether they have a truly emergency condition. If the patient has a minor condition that doesn't require emergency treatment, they can either go to a primary care facility or stay in the ER and get treated, but pay up front.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Residency rules for sex offenders will be back in July

Local authorities expect few changes when a revised law restricting where registered sex offenders may live goes into effect July 1, while one legal advocacy group says the revisions to the law didn't go far enough.

June 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stolen school supplies, including computers, recovered

The Flowery Branch Police Department has recovered nearly $100,000 worth of school supplies stolen from C.W. Davis Middle School and other area schools.

Robert Franz Joseph II of Dacula has been arrested in Manchester, N.H., and charged with 17 counts of burglary, police Chief Gerald Lannick said.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Once bitten, know why

Does your dog bite?

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State CRCT results gloomy

A preliminary snapshot of this year's Georgia's state exam results are depicting a disappointing picture for local schools, and have left teachers, parents and students on pins and needles waiting for official results and the finger pointing that is sure to follow.

June 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier drowning victim identified

A Gwinnett County man drowned Tuesday afternoon in Lake Lanier, just days before the Memorial Day holiday weekend begins.

June 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Displaced workers apply for jobs at fair

When Donna Fricks went to work at what is now Mohawk Carpets, the first George Bush was president and a gallon of gas was about a dollar.

Fricks is among 366 people who will be out of a job when the Dahlonega plant closes in June. With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, she ponders the cost of commuting to a new job.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council defeats gas station at Seasons on Lanier

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

Following a tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting, the plans for the gas station are dead - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Development authority gives Gainesville, Hall permission to collaborate on industrial park

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority approved the intergovernmental development agreement that will allow Gainesville and Hall County to collaborate on the new industrial park at a meeting Tuesday.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall under severe thunderstorm watch

Hall and other counties in Northeast Georgia are among counties which are included in a severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Opposition to drug-testing absent at hearing

No one came to the Central Office to oppose the Hall County School System's proposal to expand its drug testing program to include student drivers, but one parent said he wants to see the school system tackle steroids in athletics.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Officials: Forsyth man shoots self, aims at teen

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a confrontation Tuesday morning with his ex-girlfriend near a bus stop in southern Forsyth County.

May 31, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


City council defeats fueling station for now

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

A tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting means plans for the fuel station are out of gas - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

February 27, 2015 | | Local


'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Weather closings, delays, cancellations

Friday

February 25, 2015 | | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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