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Hall County school board to consider shifting grades

Parents of Flowery Branch school children will have their first chance to comment on the Hall County school system's plans to reconfigure the area's schools on Monday.

With a new $36.5 million school complex on Spout Springs Road slated to open in August 2009, educators have decided to shuffle grade levels at the schools in the area, C.W. Davis Middle and Flowery Branch High, to accommodate the growth in South Hall, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Study suggests prostate screening more harmful for elderly men

You'd think that screening for cancer would always be beneficial. But in some cases, it may do more harm than good.

August 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


At age 96, Gladystine Green leaves behind a rich history and love of God

Perfect and beautiful accounts of history came easily from Gladystine Green.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Local


Boaters celebrate National Marina Day

Ten-year-old Owen Rager and his family make the short trip to Buford's Aquamarina Lazy Days from their suburban Gwinnett County home at least once a week to take their 21-foot Sea Ray out of a multideck dry storage and go boating on Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pair of events encourage kids to stay in school

Samantha Taylor, 17, and her 14-year-old friend, Keke Harris, clapped their hands in rhythm, laughed and swayed to the beat as a pair of young hip-hop artists busted rhymes Saturday afternoon on the stage of the Georgia Mountains Center arena.

August 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County Commission to discuss boat ramps

During its work session at 9 a.m. Monday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will hear from the Hall County Engineering Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the feasibility of extending some of the closed boat ramps on Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Injured soldier recovers at home

GILLSVILLE - Three and a half months after he was injured in battle, Pvt. Nathon Bagwell, 24, spent the night in his own bed Thursday.

Once his family removed the door frame and his wheelchair could fit in his bedroom, Bagwell reveled in the privacy he had not had in a long time.

August 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Former Gainesville principal arrested on family violence charges

A former Gainesville Middle School principal faces misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

August 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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


Forsyth shooting victim might have witnessed previous crime

CUMMING - Authorities believe a 75-year-old man who was shot to death earlier this week may have been targeted because he was a witness to a previous assault involving his attacker.

Forsyth County sheriff's investigators say 75-year-old Iowa Hill "Buddy" Preston was shot in the head sometime between Monday and Tuesday in an apartment he owned on Carlton Road.

August 12, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | 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


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End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New law: Move right or get a ticket

A new law makes not moving over to another lane when there's faster traffic behind you an offense for which you could get a ticket.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Lesson six: Breaststroke is the best stroke

My Monday swim lesson was enough for me to never again want to get into the pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

The new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall County now appears headed for completion in midfall.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Juvenile court judge sworn in as president of national council

Georgia Juvenile Court Judge Peggy H. Walker was sworn in Tuesday as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges at its 77th annual conference in Chicago, Ill.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Burned toddler recovering after surgeries

Progress is being made in the recovery of a burned 16-month-old, whose injuries led to the closing of a Clermont day care center.

July 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hospital ranks among top in state

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been ranked among the best in the state according to the 25th U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Gainesville City Council approves road project for Chicopee Mill

Gainesville City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for a road construction project in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Traffic shifts on stretch of new Ga. 347

The Georgia Department of Transportation shifted a half-mile section of Ga. 347 in South Hall County onto a temporary section of roadway Tuesday to allow construction to continue on a culvert protecting Sherwood Creek.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Theatre Alliance gets $10K grant

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance has been awarded a $10,000 Partner Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, just in time for its 35th anniversary season.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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