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Events get kids excited about their education

Though some area children probably dreaded going back to school this week, two local organizations will hold free events this weekend to get them excited about staying in school and getting an education.

The Grady Young Foundation will hold its first Back to School Slam Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gainesville High School, followed by the Beulah Rucker Museum and Educational Foundation's Back to School Rally at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Mountains Center.

August 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect in infant's death found dead

A woman who sheriff's officials planned to charge in the death of a Gainesville infant was found dead Thursday in Newton County, authorities said.

August 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Storms bring cooler weather

They may have seemed pretty fierce, but the storms that blew across the state Thursday didn't cause much damage. The storms dropped some much-needed rain and will bring cooler temperatures for the weekend.

Preliminary totals show that 0.72 inches of rain were recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

August 12, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Yellowjacket swarms bother more residents this summer

As autumn approaches, yellowjacket wasps become more numerous and more aggressive. That's part of their normal life cycle.

But this year, their populations seem to have gone out of control. Over the past couple of weeks, some area residents have complained of so many yellowjackets swarming over their lawns that they're almost afraid to go outside.

August 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Governments could be scrambling to make up lost revenue

Hall County officials met Wednesday with state Rep. Carl Rogers to discuss a possible loss of property tax revenue and a budget that keeps getting tighter.

Rogers, who represents part of Hall County, discussed the predicament local governments are in after Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed holding the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant and cutting other spending last week.

August 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local marinas to mark National Marina Day on Saturday

Hundreds of boating enthusiasts are expected to descend on Lake Lanier this weekend as area marinas celebrate National Marina Day.

Lazy Days Marina, located at 6700 Holiday Road in Buford, has been selected as the national headquarters for the Association of Marine Industries' 2008 Marina Day.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Red Cross, Falcons join forces for blood drive

To help bring awareness to the need for blood donations, the American Red Cross is getting some help from the Atlanta Falcons.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Humane Society wants children to be Pet PALS

The Humane Society of Hall County is looking for youth volunteers.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


State schools superintendent seeks student advisers

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox is accepting applications for her 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces charges after child is burned

A woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter alone to play with a lighter that sparked a fire causing severe, permanent injuries to the girl faces a September court date.

August 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch mom has first baby at new Forsyth center

CUMMING - Wednesday morning marked an important milestone for the new Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

August 11, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Census: Hall population grew 29 percent from 2000-07

Hall County's Hispanic population grew by 71.8 percent between 2000 and 2007 and accounted for approximately half the overall population growth for the period, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.

In 2000, there were 27,242 Hispanic residents of Hall County. As of July 1, 2007, the number was estimated at 46,807.

August 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hispanic population boom soon could be on the decline

Estimates released today from the U.S. Census Bureau show significant growth in Hall County's Hispanic population from 2000 to 2007, but whether that steady growth trend will continue is an unknown factor even to Hispanics.

The July 2007 estimate shows a rate of growth in Hispanic residents that could already be on its way down when the 2008 estimates are released next year.

August 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perdue: Georgia, other countries face similar challenges

Gov. Sonny Perdue is in China for a conference involving representatives of states and provinces from around the world.

August 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Students go back to school today

Temperatures are still sizzling outside, but the summer is over for some 30,000 Gainesville and Hall County students heading back to school this morning.

Area teachers and administrators have spent the past week getting rooms and hallways ready, and meeting with many students and their families at busy open houses at schools.

August 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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