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Truett-McConnell College hires former Muslim as its president

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland has named Emir Caner, a former Sunni Muslim who converted to Christianity, as its eighth president.

The Board of Trustees voted in favor of the selection in a meeting Friday.

August 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


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Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton's trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father's worst nightmare - identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

As a former CIA agent, military veteran and native Cuban, Col. Felix Rodriguez has an impassioned opinion of U.S. relations with Cuba.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chad Black appointed as Hall deputy fire chief

Hall County Fire Services announced Monday that Chad Black had been appointed to the position of deputy fire chief.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas leak causes closure at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads

A gas leak caused a shutdown of Gaines Ferry Road at McEver Road toward Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch on Monday, fire officials said.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday's family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

April 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Georgia families risk fines in resupplying medical marijuana

ATLANTA - Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday.

April 13, 2015 | Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements

Anthony Smith knows the value of "foot traffic" at The Fudge Factory, a long-time fixture on the Dahlonega square.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residential parking issue resurfaces Monday night at Oakwood City Council

A proposed ordinance restricting parking in residential areas returns to the Oakwood City Council Monday night.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Business couple to speak at Brenau

Jack Welch and Suzy Welch will share their business advice with the public at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Brenau University Pearce Auditorium.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man dies in Banks County wreck

A 41-year-old Martin man died in an early Sunday wreck in Banks County.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau hosts 2015 Fashion Show at Pearce Auditorium

The Brenau Collections 2015 Fashion Show took place at the Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus. About 400 people on campus were expected to attend the public and private events making up May Day weekend including the fashion show.

April 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Restrictions may limit child care

Thousands of Georgia children, many of whom may live in Hall County, could be turned away from child care funding because of restrictions that began in February.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs host leadership workshop

On Saturday, Sisters of Today and Tomorrow hosted its Sisters Circle and Leadership Workshop, "Awakening the Dream in Me" at the Hall County Boys & Girls Teen Club,, for a group of girls that ranged from 11-18 years old.

April 12, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Home reflects community spirit

For nonprofits, success often lies in defining a mission. Without a clear focus, it's easy to become stretched too thin.

April 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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