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School standards, higher education top 2015 challenges

High school standards and expectations after high school are among the top education issues Georgians can expect to see addressed by state leaders in 2015.

January 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fire damages Hall County mobile home; no one hurt

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'Jesus Loves You’ robbery suspect believed to have gang ties

Oakwood police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 3 robbery by sudden snatching at Wal-Mart, with the suspect allegedly entering the store with a "Jesus Loves You" T-shirt.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia political, agricultural leaders celebrate poultry lab opening

The cold weather Friday morning could not chill the warm spirits of those attending the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

January 09, 2015 | By David Strickland Poultry Times | Local


Community raises $4K to send Down syndrome adult to horse show

David Ruckstaetter will saddle up next month on his way to Mississippi, just as they do in the cowboy Westerns he used to watch with his grandfather.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula reviews water fees after complaints

The Lula City Council will consider scrapping an administrative fee on some water accounts, in addition to other policy changes regarding its enterprise funds, after residents recently raised concerns.

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal to unveil plan to address Georgia’s foster care crisis

Gov. Nathan Deal today will discuss the final recommendations of the Child Welfare Reform Council, which could possibly include more public-private partnerships with state agencies.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch council approves Cinnamon Cove project

Flowery Branch leaders have moved forward on increasing sewer capacity, and increasing the city's chances for future development and growth.

January 08, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Couple and their toddler escape fire but lose Lula home

Lula homeowners Andrew and Brittney Deaton heard smoke alarms at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. But when they came downstairs they didn't see any smoke or fire, said Andrew Deaton's brother, Nicholas Deaton.

January 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hard freeze settles in until Friday across Northeast Ga.

Temperatures climbed out of the teens across Northeast Georgia on Thursday afternoon, but they won't make it above freezing for another day or so.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Oakwood seeking robbery suspect with ‘Jesus Loves You’ T-shirt

Oakwood Police are seeking two suspects in a robbery investigation at Wal-Mart, who are believed to have taken a camouflage jacket, a package of T-shirts and a Sony PlayStation 4 just after midnight Saturday.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities say gang member had $13,000 in drugs at Gainesville home

A variety of drugs worth more than $13,000 were found Tuesday at a Gainesville home, along with scales and $3,000 in cash, according to authorities.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


I-985 Southbound traffic cleared from earlier accident

Traffic is now clear on Interstate 985 below exit 22, U.S. 129, after a four-vehicle accident backed up traffic headed southbound.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flu season ravaging nation, depleting student attendance

Hundreds of students missed school in December because of the flu, and the illness' season isn't over yet.

January 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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Hall County, Lumpkin County narcotics squads seize $120K in marijuana, meth

Authorities said a 62-year-old man has allegedly distributed 2 pounds of illegal narcotics a week in Hall County and three neighboring counties.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New website to help Hall parents assist kids with math homework

Hall County parents who are unsure how to help their children with math homework will soon have a tool to make it easier.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Will Schofield, Dick Yarbrough named to education reform commission

Gov. Nathan Deal has named 33 state education experts, including Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and columnist Dick Yarbrough, to the state Education Reform Commission.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch woman charged with arson, insurance fraud

A Flowery Branch woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson and insurance fraud in connection with allegedly setting a fire at her home.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Russell McMurry named new DOT commissioner

Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry was elected Tuesday to be its new commissioner, effective immediately.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville High graduation to take place at City Park

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday night recognized students for their presentations during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery

Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Roads planning group to get 2040 plan update today

The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs receives 40 laptops from UnitedHealthcare

For an underserved youth, practicing mathematics or reading skills outside the classroom can be difficult.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Career Coach plans visits to 2 Hall County sites

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans visits within the next week to two sites in Hall County.

January 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gainesville police commander Harold Black dies at 86

After serving his country as a Marine in Korea, Harold G. Black came back to Gainesville and served the community for 32 years.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County Board of Education approves spending $70,000 for calculators

The Hall County Board of Education approved $70,000 Tuesday at its regular meeting for the purchase of classroom calculators.

January 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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