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Jefferson schools awarded for reaching goals in special education

When it comes to special education, the Jefferson City School System is tops compared to other local and statewide school systems, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

Jefferson City Schools recently received several Pacesetter Awards from the state department of education for meeting six of the state's seven target achievement goals for special education students.

December 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Operation Patriot's Call keeps eye on military families

On March 25, 2005, Sgt. Gordon Smith held the hand of his wife, Amy, as she gave birth to their third child, Damien Joshua Smith.

November 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Demand up for concealed handguns

Hall County Probate Court Judge Patti Cornett remembers when the permit to carry a concealed handgun in Georgia was called a "pistol toting license."

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fans huddle for warmth during Friday night's games

Freezing temperatures didn't stop fans from cheering on their teams Friday night as round two of high school football playoffs continued across the state.

November 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mission group serves holiday meal on Atlanta Highway

They lined up in the cold in the parking lot of an Atlanta Highway supermarket Saturday for a hot meal - immigrants who came to Gainesville for work and now find themselves in need.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A Gainesville soldier's wife devised a cover story of a mysterious threatening phone call before setting fire to the couple's on-base apartment, with hopes of cashing in a $100,000 life insurance policy on her husband, a federal prosecutor theorized in arguments and testimony presented Friday.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Remembering JFK's death

Nov. 22, 1963, started off like any other fall day for Bimbo Brewer. For the University of Georgia freshman, it meant another day of classes.

November 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Jaycees get a jump on stocking stuffers

The Gainesville Jaycees want to make sure that needy children in Hall County are able to have gifts on Christmas.

November 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Foreclosures leave erosion problems

The foreclosure crisis has been devastating to the U.S. economy, and now it appears the environment is suffering as well.

November 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Burning questions: Times reporter completes fire academy

Hall County's Citizens Fire Academy is really all about the chance to dress like a hero and fight a real fire.

November 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Expect cold temperatures at football playoff games Friday

If you're cold, you can blame Canada.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville trash pickup shifted for holiday

The solid waste schedule for the city of Gainesville will be altered because of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday. There will be one collection next week for Monday and Tuesday customers.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


5 students arrested on drug charges

Five North Hall High School students were charged with possession of marijuana and have been suspended from school, according to Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


DOT starts bidding on traffic signal projects

Friday morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation opened the three bids submitted for a project to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections in downtown Gainesville.

The apparent low bidder of the project is World Fiber Technologies out of Alpharetta, which submitted a bid of $1,849,573.44, according to Teri Pope, DOT spokeswoman.

November 25, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


New school logo creates buzz

Riverbend Elementary School students celebrated the adoption of their new hornet logo Friday.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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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


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Eyes on the Road: US 129 traffic to shift

Beginning Sept. 3, traffic on U.S. 129/Ga. 11 in Cleveland will be shifted west from O'Reilly Auto Parts to the Dollar General, opening a continuous turn lane from the O'Reilly store to Hope Drive.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing leaves Gainesville's Rogers wary of Common Core standards

LAWRENCEVILLE - State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, spent Monday hearing from educators and members of the public on Common Core education standards, part of what he says is a long learning process on how the standards are working for Georgia schools.

August 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


South Hall home badly damaged in fire

One person escaped injury as a South Hall County home was seriously damaged in a fire Tuesday morning, according to Hall County Fire Services.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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