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Summer retests help Gainesville school system make adequate yearly progress

Summer retest results boosted the Gainesville school system's state test scores enough to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-08 school year.

October 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Falcons fulfilling a civic duty

The Atlanta Falcons took a break from football Tuesday to spend time reading at the Gainesville and Spout Springs libraries and fishing at Eagle Ranch with Hall County kids.

October 04, 2008 | By Jessica Jordan and Melissa Weinman | Local


Should you idle your engine?

People are doing everything they can to save gas these days, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Randy Bly said turning the car off instead of idling may not be the best way.

"There's not a lot of fuel that's consumed if you're idling," Bly said.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


College students still getting to class, despite shortage

The current gas shortage has not stopped Gainesville State College students from getting to class, said Sloan Jones, a spokeswoman for the school.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Senior Life Center's status could lure grant money

The Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center became the first senior center in the state to gain national accreditation last week, Community Service Center Director Phillippa Lewis-Moss said Tuesday.

October 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Habitat for Humanity's ReStore offers good deals

By visiting Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's ReStore, you can kill two birds with one stone: You can buy cheap home improvement materials and contribute to the organization.

October 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Some power bills could be going down

Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. has announced that retail electricity rates will see a reduction beginning in October.

October 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Long lines at gas pumps remain

A problem that was predicted to begin improving by the end of the weekend was still evident Monday as long lines spilled out of the few gas stations in Gainesville with gasoline.

October 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Little shop of safety is scheduled Saturday

Area agencies are hoping families will browse through their "Little Safety Shoppe" on Saturday at Lakeshore Mall.

October 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools keep eye on gas gauge

Field trips planned for the next two weeks have been canceled for Hall County schools to conserve fuel.

October 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deal helps shoot down $700 billion bailout plan

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, was among the members of the House voting Monday to defeat a $700 billion emergency rescue package.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Citigroup to acquire Wachovia

It was business as usual at Wachovia's five branches in Hall County following an early morning announcement Monday that Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp., in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commitment, cooperation earn Hall County anti-drug grant

A Hall County agency recently received a five-year federal grant to prevent substance abuse among teens.

October 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Auto dealer executive Lindsay Boomershine Robertson passes away

Lindsay Boomershine Robertson, 55, an executive in a family-owned auto dealership, died Sunday at her home in Braselton. The cause of death was not immediately known, according to Jerry Ward of Mason & Ward Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A chaplain in Iraq: Some things remind Collins of home

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.

October 03, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


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Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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