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Local schools make progress; state doesn’t

Although nearly one-third of the state's more than 2,000 public schools failed to meet No Child Left Behind this year, the Gainesville school system maintained its standing and the Hall County school system improved compared to last year.

July 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Insurance agent charged with Medicare fraud

FLOWERY BRANCH - An insurance agent from Flowery Branch was arrested Friday morning on allegations that he forged Medicare applications of two elderly women in order to receive a commission check.

July 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Office park builder not worried about building’s vacancy

OAKWOOD - A speculative building for Oakwood South Industrial Park East on H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway has sat empty for about a year, but the park's builder says it's not concerned about slow development of the 70-acre park.

July 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


GB&T officially no more

At 2 p.m. Thursday, an era in banking ended in Gainesville.

July 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Charges against Gainesville Middle School principal dismissed

Charges have been dropped against a Gainesville Middle School principal who was arrested earlier this month for driving on a canceled license.

July 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Northeast Georgia still in ‘exceptional’ drought

Despite torrential rains in much of the area Tuesday night, Northeast Georgia remains in an "exceptional" drought, the worst category.

July 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former Flowery Branch coach charged with stalking

A former Flowery Branch High School coach has been arrested and charged with stalking.

July 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


GeoTech Center picks Gainesville State College as its partner

Gainesville State College will serve as the southeastern hub for the new National Geospatial Technology Center starting in September.

July 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County Sheriff's deputy arrested

A Hall County Sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave after being arrested in Habersham County early Thursday.

July 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County makes changes to tax assessors board

The Hall County commission approved major changes to the controversial tax assessors board by adding people and taking away funding at Thursday's meeting.

July 28, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Will wage hike affect businesses?

Today's 70 cent hike in the federal minimum wage may largely go unnoticed in Hall County.

July 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chamber seeks most-fit company in area

As part of the VISION 2030 HealthSmart Community Challenge, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce health care committee is looking for the most-fit company in Gainesville-Hall County.

July 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Restoration program awards grants for wetlands

Southern Co., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Association of Counties and Wildlife Habitat Council announced that 10 new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program.

July 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forsyth County to pursue funds for reservoir

Water worries are prompting some to seek out creative solutions.

July 28, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


Olympic recognition: US committee names regatta competitor ‘athlete of the month’

When Emily Vinson was in the fifth grade she realized that ballet slippers did not quite fit her. She decided to try flatwater kayaking on for size.

July 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top chef: Food festival brings 3 masters to Gainesville

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local




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


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