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Georgia gets leeway for No Child rules

Local educators say the new flexibility Georgia was granted in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act is a step in the right direction, but won't do enough to distinguish between nearly adequate schools and grossly inadequate schools.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Another teen drowns in Lake Lanier

A 14-year-old boy has become the second teen to drown on Lake Lanier this holiday weekend, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Both drownings happened after the teens fell into drop-offs in otherwise shallow water and a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman stressed warnings made to the public before the beginning of the holiday weekend: Be extremely careful in the waters of Lake Lanier because the lowered lake level makes the terrain unpredictable.

July 10, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Healthy Monday: Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center is expanding

Construction is under way on a $1.2 million project that will almost double the capacity of the Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center.

July 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board focused on ‘moving forward’

The Gainesville City Board of Education will convene for the first time tonight since it fired its superintendent of seven years and could identify candidates for the interim superintendent position.

Newly elected chairman of the board David Syfan said other than completing the superintendent's evaluation, there's not much on tonight's agenda regarding any unfinished business with Steven Ballowe, former superintendent of Gainesville city schools, who the board fired Thursday with a 3-2 vote.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Busy weekend for authorities closes quietly

The Merriman family searched for a fishing spot on their way home to Decatur from a relaxing holiday weekend in the Northeast Georgia mountains.

They ended up stopping at Hall County's Clarks Bridge Park, where Bob Merriman and sons Campbell, 9, and Collier, 6, played in the water while Dana tended to the family dog, a Boston terrier named Buster.

July 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wife trying to get husband back in U.S. from Mexico

With a voice that resonates both defiant and despondent, Linda Gonzalez will tell you what's troubling her. Her husband, Innencinco, was flown to Mexico by the United States government after five years of calling America home.

July 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Number of drownings in Lanier climbs to 4 for holiday weekend

The number of drownings in Lake Lanier during the holiday weekend rose to four this morning with the discovery of the bodies of two Alpharetta men who drowned late Saturday when their pontoon boat wrecked in Forsyth County.

July 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sunday stabbing leaves 2 men in critical condition

Two men were in critical condition Sunday after being stabbed early in the day on Lee Street in Gainesville, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Officers found two men who had been stabbed at a residence in the 300 block shortly before 3 a.m., Lt. John Robertson said.

July 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Buford mall site of more holiday fun

This year, the July Fourth holiday was stretched out over the entire weekend with festive events around the state Saturday and today, too.

July 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hundreds stop by Cracker Fly-In to check out airplanes of all varieties

If you looked to the sky between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, you most likely saw unusual airplanes coming in and out of the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport

July 10, 2008 | By Allison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Contractor picked for Flowery Branch's mixed-use development

A contractor has been selected for a $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown Flowery Branch.

July 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 bodies found after Saturday boat wreck on Lake Lanier

Two Alpharetta men in Lake Lanier drowned late Saturday when their pontoon boat wrecked in Forsyth County.

July 10, 2008 | | Local


Thousands wowed by fireworks show

Summer was in full swing Friday night as young and old, human and canine, made the pilgrimage to Laurel Park to watch the annual American Legion fireworks show.

July 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hundreds turn out for Memorial Park's holiday cookout

Hundreds of people turned out to honor the public servants of Hall County and Gainesville at the 15th annual July Fourth cookout at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

July 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dogs picked up by county after man is bitten

Hall County Animal Control picked up two dogs owned by the same man whose dog was killed by sheriff's deputies June 23 after they attacked and bit a man Friday afternoon.

July 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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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


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


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