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Schools try to make progress while addressing special-needs students

The federal No Child Left Behind mandate was passed in 2001 to hold schools accountable for getting students to meet grade-level standards, earning schools their Adequate Yearly Progress stamp of approval.

August 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Campers earn a longer stay at state parks by volunteering

HELEN - Although they live in Florida, Dorothy and Ron Vedder know more about Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen than most Georgia residents.

August 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Genesis Council holds tea

Future debutantes gathered on Saturday for a kickoff tea party, close to 50 years after the last cotillion ball took place in Gainesville.

Ten girls age 15 and 16 have signed up for the event, which will consist of monthly meetings to teach about faith and community service, said organizer Qiana Keith. The monthly classes and service-oriented events will culminate in the spring with The Belles of the Sister You Are Beautiful debutante program.

August 01, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Jefferson church members changed by mission trip to Belize

JEFFERSON - When Rev. Joe McKechnie was trying to figure out where his church, Arbor Pointe United Methodist, should go for its foreign mission trip, Belize kept popping into his mind.

August 01, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Spout Springs Road about to get busier with new Flowery Branch High opening

Here's a simple equation for the coming school year: A new South Hall high school equals a batch of new traffic for already busy Spout Springs Road.

August 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cornelia’s Big E Festival is like a reunion for Elvis tribute artists

CORNELIA - Whether it was the hip-churning moves on stage or the humidity, performers and fans could feel their temperatures rising at Saturday's 10th annual Big E Festival in Cornelia.

August 01, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Wounded vet ‘humbled’ by fundraiser

DAHLONEGA - Spc. Andrew "Sully" Sullens had to come home to see that his efforts overseas were appreciated.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Three gang members charged in June armed robbery

Three suspected gang members have been charged in the June armed robbery of a taxicab driver, authorities said.

Jordan Manzo, 17, of Lula, Antonio Jesus Davila, 17, of Gainesville, and Jesus Alberto Flores, 18, of Gainesville, were arrested Thursday by the Gainesville-Hall County Gang Task Force, officials announced Friday night.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lilburn man drowns in Lake Lanier

A 70 year-old Lilburn man drowned Saturday in Lake Lanier near Sawnee Campground.

The victim was identified as Osvaldo Braziunas of Planters Row in Lilburn, according to Sgt. Eric Silveus of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division.

August 01, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Plans for homeless shelter may change

The grand opening of a men's shelter in Toccoa and a 21-mobile home unit family shelter was scheduled for today in Gainesville, but Family Unit Recovery Center Founder and CEO Sonya Rose now has a different idea.

July 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Public input sought on reservoir plan

Area residents are invited to learn about the proposed Glades Reservoir and share their thoughts at a public meeting Thursday.

July 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Clothes giveaway draws grateful crowd

Caring Hands Ministries gave away free children's clothes Friday at Faith Outreach Church in Cleveland, and one thing was certain: It was a sight to see.

July 31, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Jefferson schools’ charter goals on hold, for now

Progress waits for no one, but it does pause for budget constraints.

July 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawmaker out to ban all student-teacher sexual contact

Two recent cases involving teacher-student relationships have spurred a state legislator to clear up any question about such romantic trysts in Georgia.

July 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville soldier has seen both sides of war

Sgt. Jose Aguilar goes where the action is.

July 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Hall School Superintendent Will Schofield attends summit in D.C. with Obama

The White House invited select U.S. educators to a summit today, and Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield is one of them.

November 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Atlanta Falcons exercise with Lula Elementary kids

The National Football League came to Lula Elementary School on Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Kicker Matt Bryant, fullback Patrick DiMarco and other Falcons players participated in the event. The students participated in several football-related drills to get acquainted with football fundamentals, as well as getting exercise.

November 18, 2014 | | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT meetings to focus on Lumpkin County projects

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set public meetings on planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Twins suspected in 3 Gainesville burglaries

A set of Gainesville twins is charged with three counts of burglary each, stemming from a Gainesville police investigation.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development

After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County's objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cornelia residents under boil-water advisory after main bursts

Residents of Cornelia are under a boil-water advisory after a 10-inch main ruptured Tuesday on Chase Road, according to a news release from the city.

November 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Police name A.J. Johnson as suspect in rape investigation

A.J. Johnson, Tennessee Volunteers linebacker and Gainesville High School graduate, was named Tuesday as a suspect in a rape investigation by Knoxville, Tenn., police.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Farmers celebrate connections at annual breakfast

Farmers and "city folk" are strongest when they work together, according to Gordon Sawyer.

November 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


It’s really cold now, but that might not be bad omen for winter

Tuesday's subfreezing weather may have reminded us of the polar vortexes and "snowmaggedons" that plagued the winter of 2014, but it doesn't necessarily portend an equally icy winter of 2015.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Democrats select election board members

The Hall County Democratic Party selected its appointees Monday night to the new elections board that will launch in January.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Destructive devices found in Forsyth home

November 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins Times regional Staff | Local


Hall weather alert system to be tested Wednesday morning

Hall County will conduct a test Wednesday morning of its weather alert system.

November 18, 2014 | | Local


Hall fire marshal warns of winter hazards

When the mercury drops low in the thermometer, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle knows there are growing risks for Hall residents trying to stay warm.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to amend Tax Allocation District policies

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on proposed amendments to the way projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks

Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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