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Gainesville schools to hold hearing about tuition

A possible tuition increase for out-of-district Gainesville school students will be the focus of a public hearing Saturday. The Gainesville school board finance committee will hold the first of three hearings to field citizen comments on whether tuition should be raised from $450. Currently, students who live outside Gainesville city limits are allowed to attend schools within the city system if the space is available.

October 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Starting Sunday: Are Latinos leaving the area?

For years, our area has seen a dramatic increase in the population of Latinos, many of them coming here illegally because of plentiful job opportunities.

October 07, 2008 | | Local


Demolishing house won't HALT recovery programs

For nearly 30 years, more than a thousand men and women have come through the doors of the old brick house that neighbors Gainesville's First Baptist Church, hungry, angry, lonely or tired.

October 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New boat registration system is under way

In part one of a two-part update to Georgia's recreational license and boat registration system, the new boat registration system went live Wednesday on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division Web site at www.georgiawildlife.com.

October 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pools close for the morning at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center

The 10-lane competition pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center will be closed Saturday, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a scheduled swim meet, according to a news release from the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

The pool will be open to the public again by 1 p.m.

October 07, 2008 | | Local


Race fans shouldn’t fret over fuel

Georgia's gas crunch may have subsided just soon enough for thousands of visitors pouring into Hall County this weekend.

October 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Golf tournament raises funds for women’s shelter

This year's Medical Center Open raised well in excess of the $140,000 goal set for the fundraiser.

October 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Little-Davenport Funeral Home returns to local hands

Little-Davenport Funeral Home, one of Gainesville's oldest funeral establishments, has been sold to the owners of Mason & Ward Funeral Home.

October 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Annual thrift sale takes over Mountains Center

Deal-seekers will have a bevy of bargains to choose from Saturday at the Harvest Thrift Sale.

October 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Senate approves bailout; Deal says he may vote against plan

When Nathan Deal took his household trash to a Hall County compactor site Wednesday, he got an earful from his constituents. They wanted him to do the same thing with the proposed financial bailout: Dump it.

October 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Panic at the pump subsides

Shortages have resulted in panic and long lines at local gas stations. But the panic seemed to have eased a little on Wednesday with reports that, with a little help, the area's fuel supply is finally bouncing back from the blows of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

October 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lanier Tech students getting hands-on training at Petit Le Mans

Nearly a dozen Lanier Technical College students are busy revving their engines this week even though they have yet to receive the checkered flag to start the race.

October 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More than $500K in local funds suspended by state

The top leaders of the Georgia General Assembly announced Wednesday that they were suspending payment of local assistance grants until January, and the state budget crisis may eliminate them altogether.

October 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


New thrift store racks up customers

Amid bright yellow balloons and a remote radio-station broadcast, the Atlanta Union Mission celebrated the grand re-opening of its Gainesville thrift store Thursday morning.

The Potter's House at 328 Oak St. is now known as Thrift Store & More, and the name change isn't all that's new.

October 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Jackson County schools to keep accreditation; challenges remain

JEFFERSON -- Schoolteachers and administrators in Jackson County schools can breathe a little easier now that the eight-member quality assurance team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has said it will recommend that the system remain accredited.

October 05, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


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Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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