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Gainesville schools seek charter status

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville city schools is one of several school districts statewide so far that is pursuing a status that would give them more freedom to reform without stiff state regulations.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students give food for a cause

Courtney Cantrell, 4, loads canned food into the back of a truck on Monday afternoon. Cantrell and her classmates in Brittanie Holcombe's after-school class at Little House Academy in Murrayville collected the food to help the less fortunate at nearby Lanier Elementary School. Eventually, the idea spread from the after-school group of 15 kids, ages 5-12, to other classes at the day care facility. When school counselor Rochelle Edmonds came by to pick up the food on Monday afternoon, she took a total of 137 pieces back with her, according to Cindy Holcombe, a teacher's assistant at Little ...

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Day of music marks advent for church

Dozens of families remembered the reason for Christmas Sunday as they attended St. Paul United Methodist Church's annual Christmas Concert Sunday

The Summit Street church kicked off the Advent season with the concert that featured a handful of different musical groups.

December 28, 2007 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Two cities plan ways to keep storm water clean

Flowery Branch and Oakwood are currently in the process of establishing a five-year storm water management plan to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act.

Since 2003, numerous cities with a population of less than 100,000 have been required to take painstaking measures to ensure that commercial and residential operations do not contaminate water resources by way of natural or man-made storm water.

December 28, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Drought can’t stop annual winter plunge in lake

The first day of the new year means one thing for dozens of local residents - it's time to put on swimming trunks.

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, a nonprofit organization for Olympic flat water canoe and kayak hopefuls, will hold its 11th Annual Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1 at the former Olympic venue at Clarks Bridge Park. Each New Year's Day for the past 10 years, nearly 100 people have plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Lanier, while about 300 spectators stand on the shore.

December 28, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New era, same DOT, some say

In 1975, the Rev. Gene Brooks officiated at the funeral for legendary state highway commissioner "Mr. Jim" Gillis.

December 28, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cold front slams door on warmth

Last week's record-setting heat wave came to an end Saturday with a cold front that brought with it more than rain.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Buford woman dies in wreck

A 62-year-old Buford woman was killed in an accident at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, state patrol officials said. Earnestine Barrett Daniel was a passenger in a vehicle on Ga. 332 when the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer failed to maintain the lane on a curve, overcorrected, and the vehicle left the roadway and overturned, officials said.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


City school board to discuss calendars

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Board of Education plans to talk Monday about its calendars for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

Shirley Whitaker, assistant superintendent, is set to seek the board's approval for the 2008-09 calendar and present a draft of the 2009-10 calendar.

December 27, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Long arm of the law lends a helping hand

Hall County's men and women who wear the badge took a break Saturday from patrolling their beats to patrol the aisles at a local store.

Any would-be shoplifter would have seen that the Target department store on Shallowford Road was not the place to be Saturday morning, when several dozen area law enforcement officers met up with low-income families for the annual "Shop with A Cop" program. The program is sponsored by the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. About 30 kids were treated to $200 shopping sprees that were heavy on necessities like clothes, with a ...

December 27, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State’s GOP heavyweights in DOT duel

A seat on the State Transportation Board is one of the most unique appointments in all of state government.

December 27, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


University selection 101:Deadlines looming for college-bound seniors

GAINESVILLE - Crunch time is here for college-bound high school seniors.

Many major colleges have early January application deadlines, so it's decision central in many area households.

December 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


A dry county? Habersham faces water crisis

Almost every county in North Georgia is at risk of running dry if the historic drought continues through next year. But Habersham County has more reason to worry than most.

December 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Winter set for a comeback this weekend

If you've been basking in this week's warm weather as you've been doing your Christmas shopping, get ready to bundle up again.

December 26, 2007 | | Local


School leaders' wish lists for legislators

Here are the issues and projects local government leaders presented to Hall County's state legislature delegation during Friday's meeting at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood.

December 26, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch's much-loved annual events.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for testing change

Hall County schools are getting ready for a big transition.

September 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The changing face of civic engagement

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Charlotte Atkins has been named publisher of The Times.

September 13, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Hall County residents may be used to a variety of boats on Lake Lanier, but thousands watched several unusual crafts on the lake Saturday during the 19th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Legendary GHS football announcer honored

Walt Snelling waves to an appreciative crowd at City Park Stadium along with wife Carol, right, and surrounded by family members during a special presentation honoring the longtime Gainesville High announcer.

September 13, 2014 | | Local


Food bank’s annual Empty Bowl lunch to help feed Georgia residents in need

One in 5 Georgians are food-insecure, a statistic the Georgia Mountain Food Bank hopes to improve.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

When it comes to its new Gainesville business, the Gay family hopes it's a dog-eat-healthy-treats world.

September 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Right by the front door of Spout Springs School of Enrichment is a vending machine wrapped in kraft paper; on it, student signatures are scrawled across it, promising to make healthy choices. The machine's only option is bottled water.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Colleges seek to answer health industry needs

When new jobs come to Georgia, new workforce demands come with them.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ryan Casper replaces legend Walt Snelling as GHS announcer

Gainesville's Red Elephants will hear a new voice at tonight's football season home opener against Winder-Barrow.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Council to amend adult entertainment ordinance, refinance bonds

Gainesville City Council is prepared to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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