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Scenario exercise readies Hall responders for 'what if?'

Fire alarms signal a dark disaster that is underscored by bodies lying in the middle of hallways and the smell of gunpowder. Sporadic screams and gunfire come from a nearby room in between the steady stomp of the alarms.

July 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board approves month to month budget

The Gainesville City Board of Education passed a continuing resolution Monday to extend the system's ability to operate on a monthly budget through August.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


3 arrested in connection with car burglaries

Three men have been arrested in connection with at least 17 car burglaries that were reported in Jefferson in the past two weeks, according to the city's police department.

July 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Language academy summer camps give students glimpse of the world

New students of Hall County school system's first charter school got their first glimpse Monday of the World Language Academy at Chestnut Mountain.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County schools will spend $1 million extra to fuel buses this year

In a typical year, the Hall County school district will use 575,000 gallons of diesel fuel for school buses to get students to and from school, as well as to athletic events and field trips.

July 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Interim superintendent for city schools ready to get started

Merrianne Dyer entered the Gainesville city school system as a fourth-grader at Enota Elementary School.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools will operate on monthly budget through August

The Gainesville City Board of Education passed a continuing resolution this evening to extend the system's ability to operate on a monthly budget through August.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Obama volunteers pound the pavement

On a scorching summer morning, local supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were taking it to the streets.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


GBI tests bullet in suspect’s death

Ballistics tests will determine whether a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent or a Lumpkin County sheriff's deputy fired the shot that killed a bank robbery suspect who pointed a fake gun at officers Friday in Helen, a GBI spokesman said.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bait business down, but smoke sales are up

Some people choose to view the glass as half full. Others, like Kerry Hicks, owner of the Smokin' Fisherman in Clermont, think it's better to be prepared for the worst.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CRCT changed to align with state standards

This April, all first- through eighth-graders in the Hall County and Gainesville city school systems took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

For the first time, there were eight CRCT this year that were aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards, which are academic standards the state Department of Education expects all Georgia students to meet.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Is Lake Lanier's economic impact all dried up?

The convergence of a multiyear drought and a prolonged dip in the economy has given businesses that depend on water and the outdoors a double dose of medicine they would rather not take.

"The drought has affected us," said Johnny Crowe of Water Sports Central, a boat dealership on Holiday Road in South Hall County. "I believe it has affected everyone in the entire state."

July 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local lawyers get ready for Hall County State Court judge interviews

Four local lawyers are scheduled to interview with a search committee in Atlanta today for a new Hall County State Court judgeship.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: Going to the gym isn't the only way to exercise

You bought that gym membership or piece of home workout equipment with the best of intentions, but you're filled with a sense of dread every time you think about working out. After all, the phrase does contain the word "work."

But getting regular exercise can seem more like fun than a chore, and you should be able to break the weekly requirement into "bite-sized" pieces to make it easier, according to a local exercise expert.

July 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Summer school is costly to provide

New versions of state math, science and social studies Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests sent thousands of failing Georgia students back for 20 more days of school this summer.

Roughly 1,400 Hall County students attended summer school in June - about twice as many as last summer, according to Gerald Boyd, Hall County school improvement specialist.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents remember lost children in candlelight service

There are no words to describe the loss of a child.

October 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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