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Sales tax slump hurts schools dealing with more students, less cash

GAINESVILLE - Area school systems have been battling state funding cuts for years.

And if January's numbers are an indication, they might be seeing a slump in 1-cent sales-tax revenue, which they've used for years for construction and renovation projects to keep up with fast-growing enrollments.

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New program helps students who fall behind

East Hall and Johnson high schools have started a computer-driven instructional program to help students make up credits needed to graduate or shore up academic weaknesses before taking the state's all-important graduation tests.

Hall County schools has spent $157,000 on software for the "credit-recovery labs" at the schools, in what could end up being a districtwide initiative.

February 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tornado watch issued until 9 p.m.

Though Hall and some surrounding counties are currently experiencing thunder storms and a tornado watch, the weather system responsible is expected to have moved through the area by later this evening.

February 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Girl Scouts travel the world

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia had a global traveling experience Saturday without even leaving the area.

February 28, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Mended Hearts volunteers are stars of ball

Undergoing a heart procedure can be a scary, life-altering experience. It helps to be able to talk to someone who's been through it before.

February 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson Building battle may go on

He has a makeshift office that is littered with boxes of emergency lights, exit signs and parts to fire sprinklers. A contractor's truck is parked outside during the day.

February 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lula looks to grow with the times

LULA -- More than 100 years ago, Lula was established as a sleepy railroad hub between Athens and Atlanta. A rectangle one mile wide and two miles long encompassed the entire city that spread out from the railroad tracks parallel to Main Street.

February 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Interpreters help courts bridge language barrier

Some days, courtroom interpreter Melva Alvarado can spend all day talking.

February 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man dies after fall from roof in Braselton

BRASELTON - A 19-year-old man fell off a roof at a construction site in Braselton and died Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2008 | By Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


Enota academy principal to retire

GAINESVILLE - Sally Meadors, principal of Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, is retiring after this school year.

February 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Feds move deadline for states' water deal

Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been given at least an additional week to reach a settlement on their 18-year water dispute, which largely centers on water from Lake Lanier.

February 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-teacher charged with molestation allegedly flees with daughter

A former Gainesville Elementary School teacher charged with molesting students in the classroom is considered a fugitive after violating conditions of his bond, authorities said Saturday.

Jerry Norman Jones, 51, was visiting his 4-year-old daughter Friday morning in Cumming when he left with the girl, in violation of bond conditions that prohibited unsupervised contact, Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

February 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two charged in motorcycle shop blaze

Authorities believe Alan Kilgore nearly lost his life for a $1,000 fee.

February 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Valentine cards, candy recalled

Several thousand Pokémon Valentine's Day cards with lollipops are being recalled because the candy may contain metal fragments.

February 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forestry study says branch out

GAINESVILLE - A recently released forestry management plan includes both accolades and advice for local government's tree ordinances.

February 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


77-year-old Gainesville man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office put out a notice Thursday afternoon for a missing Gainesville man.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Schoolchildren in Gainesville are counting their pennies and dimes and pooling their allowances to buy a cow.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Questions arise after iPad theft of 6-year-old

December 12, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Two escape fire; woman evacuates pets in nearby shop

Donald Kight had just arrived home from work when he learned a fire was burning in the apartment just beneath him.

December 11, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Public safety tops project list for sales tax extension vote

Public safety has emerged as the main focus of the project list for a possible extension of a special purpose local option sales tax.

December 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners approve rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The rezoning application for Brenau University's athletic complex was approved Thursday afternoon at a Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

December 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Gainesville may spend $670,600 on Flat Creek project

Gainesville is looking to pay the Army Corps of Engineers $670,600 to kickstart what will be the largest stream restoration project the city has done on long-troubled Flat Creek.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Legislators say road funding will be big issue in 2015

Fixing Georgia's roads and bridges will be a top priority for the General Assembly when it reconvenes Jan. 12, Hall County delegation members said Thursday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall has one of highest percentages of charter schools in country

Hall County School District is a national leader in charter schools' growth, but the future of charter schools in the area remains unclear.

December 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Leaf removal continues in Gainesville

More than 120 loads of leaves have been picked up this season in Gainesville, according to city officials.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Law enforcement to offer free gun locks

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is working with local law enforcement to offer free gun locks, hoping to limit household firearm accidents.

December 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Bones have yet to be identified

December 10, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

With an armload of questions about Lakeshore Mall's renovation efforts, area government and school officials decided Wednesday to put off using taxpayer money that's aimed at helping projects in blighted areas.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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