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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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Myers Elementary School celebrates annual Patriotic Day

Not many schools celebrate Memorial Day, because school is usually out for the summer by the last Monday in May.

May 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigate slaying in Buford home

Gwinnett County police are investigating the slaying of a man was found shot to death at a home in Buford.

May 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

The Forsyth County man involved in a 2012 boating accident that killed two Buford boys has been released after settling a lawsuit with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the man's attorney confirmed Friday afternoon.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son's memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash's bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Escaped Jackson County inmate back in custody

A statewide lookout ended around 8 p.m. Thursday for an inmate from Jackson County who escaped from a work crew.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of driving toward deputy arrested in Flowery Branch

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


King’s Hawaiian cancels celebration event

The scheduled celebration for a new plant at the current King's Hawaiian Bakery Southeast in Flowery Branch was canceled due to the timing of a bird flu outbreak that has now affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in at least a dozen states.

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


5K benefits 1-year-old being treated for eye cancer

Asher Rock is a lively 1-year-old boy who loves blowing kisses and playing with his "Percy the Small Engine" model train.

May 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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