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CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developer, Hall County, experts might bring plant preserve to life

Walking through the woods, Margaret Rasmussen not only takes the time to smell the flowers but to identify them.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water rules loosen for Jackson County, not Barrow

ATHENS - Get your garden hoses and personal irrigation systems ready - Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority customers can now irrigate their lawns once a week.

June 29, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER For The Times | Local


Major says investigation backs deputies who shot man's dogs

Frank Reeves' bullet-wounded dog Leonard spent Tuesday night in a Murrayville animal hospital courtesy of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall medical professionals believe county’s ranking sends mixed messages

Local medical professionals are not happy about a state report that ranks Hall County among the worst in Georgia for minority health.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Housing Authority dresses up neighborhoods

Residents of Gainesville Housing Authority apartments have noticed the grass getting greener on their sides of the sidewalk.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board now evaluating superintendent

Steven Ballowe, superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, called the process in which the city board of education will evaluate him this week "a fair appraisal."

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New DUI law to take effect July 1

Cops are cracking down on drunken driving this week and next, just as a new law aimed at chronic repeat offenders goes into effect July 1.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lawyer: School fountain wasn’t contaminated

The popular sports drink Gatorade was the only yellow liquid that touched a water fountain where fifth-grade boys were lined up and forced to take a drink, a lawyer for an embattled Banks County educator said Wednesday.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wish you were an Oscar Mayer wiener?

The famous jingle "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" will become something of a reality today when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gives kids the chance to meet a well-known incarnation of the famous hot dog and "become" wieners.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


UGA to buy Toccoa television station

The University of Georgia Research Foundation has reached an agreement to acquire WNEG-TV, channel 32, from its current owner, Media General Inc., both entities announced Wednesday.

The station soon will be operated by the University of Georgia through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board approves $7.5 million loan

A $7.5 million loan could be available to the Gainesville City Board of Education as early as next week, board member David Syfan said.

June 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Law 'criminalizes religion' for sex offenders, legal advocates say

A legal advocacy group filed a motion in federal court Tuesday asking for a judge to issue an injunction against a new law that would prevent registered sex offenders from volunteering in churches.

June 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall sheriff’s deputies kill man’s pregnant dog

Hall County sheriff's deputies were looking for Clyde Jess Reeves III when they walked into a Baker Road home Monday morning, but the beloved dogs of the suspect's uncle greeted them at the front door.

June 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Weather closings, delays, cancellations

Friday

February 25, 2015 | | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Johnson High School students improving church playground

Playing in nature is a proven way to improve a child's development.

February 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Authorities search for man in CVS robbery

February 25, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man charged with enticing girl following undercover operation

Authorities arrested a Dahlonega man accused of enticing a child for sexual purposes.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren't the only ones upset about the General Assembly's proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn't a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission's Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn't keep them from teaching and learning.

February 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child's injury at a local child care provider.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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