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Schools try to make progress while addressing special-needs students

The federal No Child Left Behind mandate was passed in 2001 to hold schools accountable for getting students to meet grade-level standards, earning schools their Adequate Yearly Progress stamp of approval.

August 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Campers earn a longer stay at state parks by volunteering

HELEN - Although they live in Florida, Dorothy and Ron Vedder know more about Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen than most Georgia residents.

August 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Genesis Council holds tea

Future debutantes gathered on Saturday for a kickoff tea party, close to 50 years after the last cotillion ball took place in Gainesville.

Ten girls age 15 and 16 have signed up for the event, which will consist of monthly meetings to teach about faith and community service, said organizer Qiana Keith. The monthly classes and service-oriented events will culminate in the spring with The Belles of the Sister You Are Beautiful debutante program.

August 01, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Jefferson church members changed by mission trip to Belize

JEFFERSON - When Rev. Joe McKechnie was trying to figure out where his church, Arbor Pointe United Methodist, should go for its foreign mission trip, Belize kept popping into his mind.

August 01, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Spout Springs Road about to get busier with new Flowery Branch High opening

Here's a simple equation for the coming school year: A new South Hall high school equals a batch of new traffic for already busy Spout Springs Road.

August 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cornelia’s Big E Festival is like a reunion for Elvis tribute artists

CORNELIA - Whether it was the hip-churning moves on stage or the humidity, performers and fans could feel their temperatures rising at Saturday's 10th annual Big E Festival in Cornelia.

August 01, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Wounded vet ‘humbled’ by fundraiser

DAHLONEGA - Spc. Andrew "Sully" Sullens had to come home to see that his efforts overseas were appreciated.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Three gang members charged in June armed robbery

Three suspected gang members have been charged in the June armed robbery of a taxicab driver, authorities said.

Jordan Manzo, 17, of Lula, Antonio Jesus Davila, 17, of Gainesville, and Jesus Alberto Flores, 18, of Gainesville, were arrested Thursday by the Gainesville-Hall County Gang Task Force, officials announced Friday night.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lilburn man drowns in Lake Lanier

A 70 year-old Lilburn man drowned Saturday in Lake Lanier near Sawnee Campground.

The victim was identified as Osvaldo Braziunas of Planters Row in Lilburn, according to Sgt. Eric Silveus of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division.

August 01, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Plans for homeless shelter may change

The grand opening of a men's shelter in Toccoa and a 21-mobile home unit family shelter was scheduled for today in Gainesville, but Family Unit Recovery Center Founder and CEO Sonya Rose now has a different idea.

July 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Public input sought on reservoir plan

Area residents are invited to learn about the proposed Glades Reservoir and share their thoughts at a public meeting Thursday.

July 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Clothes giveaway draws grateful crowd

Caring Hands Ministries gave away free children's clothes Friday at Faith Outreach Church in Cleveland, and one thing was certain: It was a sight to see.

July 31, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Jefferson schools’ charter goals on hold, for now

Progress waits for no one, but it does pause for budget constraints.

July 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawmaker out to ban all student-teacher sexual contact

Two recent cases involving teacher-student relationships have spurred a state legislator to clear up any question about such romantic trysts in Georgia.

July 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville soldier has seen both sides of war

Sgt. Jose Aguilar goes where the action is.

July 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Family escapes fire but home severely damaged

A man, his wife and their small son escaped an overnight fire in South Hall County, but their home sustained major damage, according to Hall County Fire Services.

May 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Fire christens new boat

It didn't take too long for the Hall County's Marine Rescue 1 to speed off into action Wednesday.

May 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

In Hall County and all along Lake Lanier, it's important to know how to swim.

May 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University's Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt's past and present will always be inextricably linked.

May 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

May 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

May 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

May 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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