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Getting its ACT together: Georgia's scores improve while nation's scores decline

Georgia high school seniors made gains on the ACT this year, while the national average for the college entrance exam fell.

According to the state Department of Education, the state's composite ACT score rose to 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. The national average of 1.3 million students' scores fell to 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. In all ACT subjects - English, reading, math and science - Georgia's scores increased, bumping the state to 41st in national ACT rankings for 2008, up from 44th last year and from 47th in 2002.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall High rally honors star students

Shouts of "Move that bus!" rang out through North Hall High School's brickyard.

Ty Pennington wasn't there, but it was an episode of Extreme Makeover: Trojan Edition.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board declines to initiate mass rezoning

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board decided against initiating a controversial rezoning this week, a move that would have set a precedent for the appointed board.

August 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Horse lovers can get their license plates from the state

Guess which farm product brings more revenue into Georgia than peaches, pecans or peanuts?

August 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New S. Hall Kroger welcomes customers

With a high school band setting the musical backdrop, Kroger opened its newest Hall County supermarket Thursday in Oakwood.

The 76,000-square-foot store is the second in South Hall and the third in the county for the Cincinnatti-based company.

August 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall commission to address equestrian business

Fifty people likely will show up to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting dressed in red.

They will gather in red to show solidarity in opposition to the rezoning request of one of their longtime neighbors.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cadets get sheared in FROG week tradition

Clayton Grant remembers getting his military haircut at Woody's Barber Shop in Dahlonega during FROG week of 1961.

"It was rough," said Grant, who recently retired from the college. "I think they were rougher on you then than they are now. Of course, every generation thinks that."

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GBI clears Jefferson Police Department of wrongdoing

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Police Department's evidence room procedures and policies were under internal and state scrutiny in July, but the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report show that "there was no evidence of any wrongdoing," according to an Aug. 12 news release.

August 17, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times Regional Staff | Local


Gainesville customers cut use of water by 20 percent

When it comes to water conservation, Gainesville is right where it should be.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Four lanes, finally: Winder Highway opening in a month

A four-lane Winder Highway between Ga. 211 in South Hall to Atlanta Highway in Oakwood is set to open in about a month.

Motorists now are traveling along two southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

August 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No water from Lanier? Judge to decide if Georgia has right to drink from lake

The judge overseeing the "water wars" court battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama said Tuesday that he will decide whether Georgia has the legal right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


GBI: Hall sheriff's deputies returned Lula man's fire, killing him with shot to the head

A Lula man involved in a Monday standoff was shot dead by deputies, according to a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe of the incident.

August 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand

A Hall County sheriff's deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Way celebrates 60th anniversary by recognizing long-time donors

The United Way of Hall County celebrated its 60th anniversary Tuesday by naming a new program for one of its original founders.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia: Drinking water was Lanier's purpose

Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier.

In February, a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | 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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