A public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville. Officials will give a presentation explaining the project, followed by time for public comments and questions.
The more than 400 Hall and Dawson county children suspected as victims of physical or sexual abuse this year can now undergo medical evaluations in a welcoming new building accented with flowers and toys.
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.
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.
To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.
For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.
At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.
Gainesville parents, school officials, principals and administrators old and new met in the choir room at the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, pulling their chairs into a circle to discuss what's going on in city schools.