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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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UNG group spearheads awareness campaign for Medical Amnesty Law

If there's life, there is hope.

December 14, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State senator wants immunity for victims of human trafficking

December 14, 2014 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Three men arrested on gun, drug charges

A robbery investigation at a Hall County home led to three Gainesville men being arrested Sunday on drug and gun charges.

December 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local nonprofits need more volunteers

The elderly need company, the hungry need food, the poor need affordable homes, but people in Hall County don't have much time to help.

December 14, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Education, medicine top legislative priority lists for local leaders

From teaching medicine to practicing medicine, education and health care are two key areas for Hall County's delegation coming into the next legislative session.

December 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Transportation funding at a crossroads yet again

A slowing of state transportation projects getting contracts looks to start again next year, as uncertainty over future federal funding builds anew.

December 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

As gas prices hit a record low for the year Saturday morning at $2.48 a gallon average in Gainesville, the steady decline in gas prices across the country has everyone excited - not just customers.

December 14, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sgt. Greg Cochran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office beat his own world record Saturday morning when he flipped a 555-pound tire 205 times.

December 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Man taken to hospital after fire burns small North Hall home

A man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after his home on Clarks Bridge Road burned.

December 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities find no trace of home invasion suspect

December 13, 2014 | Times regional reorts | Local


Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

December 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Gainesville law enforcement prohibit profiling

Following a federal expansion of the profiling ban this week, local law enforcement officials said their policies are set to hold their officers to similar standards.

December 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Many senior citizens are uncomfortable using a computer, but fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy want to help change that.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


J.C. Penney submits plans for $1M remodel at Lakeshore Mall

The J.C. Penney Co.'s department store at Lakeshore Mall has submitted plans for review to Gainesville's community development department that call for $1 million in renovations.

December 12, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Missing elderly man found in metro Atlanta

A man who went missing Wednesday from Gainesville was found Thursday at about 7 p.m. in metro Atlanta.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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