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Getting its ACT together: Georgia's scores improve while nation's scores decline

Georgia high school seniors made gains on the ACT this year, while the national average for the college entrance exam fell.

According to the state Department of Education, the state's composite ACT score rose to 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. The national average of 1.3 million students' scores fell to 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. In all ACT subjects - English, reading, math and science - Georgia's scores increased, bumping the state to 41st in national ACT rankings for 2008, up from 44th last year and from 47th in 2002.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall High rally honors star students

Shouts of "Move that bus!" rang out through North Hall High School's brickyard.

Ty Pennington wasn't there, but it was an episode of Extreme Makeover: Trojan Edition.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board declines to initiate mass rezoning

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board decided against initiating a controversial rezoning this week, a move that would have set a precedent for the appointed board.

August 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Horse lovers can get their license plates from the state

Guess which farm product brings more revenue into Georgia than peaches, pecans or peanuts?

August 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New S. Hall Kroger welcomes customers

With a high school band setting the musical backdrop, Kroger opened its newest Hall County supermarket Thursday in Oakwood.

The 76,000-square-foot store is the second in South Hall and the third in the county for the Cincinnatti-based company.

August 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall commission to address equestrian business

Fifty people likely will show up to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting dressed in red.

They will gather in red to show solidarity in opposition to the rezoning request of one of their longtime neighbors.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cadets get sheared in FROG week tradition

Clayton Grant remembers getting his military haircut at Woody's Barber Shop in Dahlonega during FROG week of 1961.

"It was rough," said Grant, who recently retired from the college. "I think they were rougher on you then than they are now. Of course, every generation thinks that."

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GBI clears Jefferson Police Department of wrongdoing

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Police Department's evidence room procedures and policies were under internal and state scrutiny in July, but the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report show that "there was no evidence of any wrongdoing," according to an Aug. 12 news release.

August 17, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times Regional Staff | Local


Gainesville customers cut use of water by 20 percent

When it comes to water conservation, Gainesville is right where it should be.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Four lanes, finally: Winder Highway opening in a month

A four-lane Winder Highway between Ga. 211 in South Hall to Atlanta Highway in Oakwood is set to open in about a month.

Motorists now are traveling along two southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

August 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No water from Lanier? Judge to decide if Georgia has right to drink from lake

The judge overseeing the "water wars" court battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama said Tuesday that he will decide whether Georgia has the legal right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


GBI: Hall sheriff's deputies returned Lula man's fire, killing him with shot to the head

A Lula man involved in a Monday standoff was shot dead by deputies, according to a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe of the incident.

August 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand

A Hall County sheriff's deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Way celebrates 60th anniversary by recognizing long-time donors

The United Way of Hall County celebrated its 60th anniversary Tuesday by naming a new program for one of its original founders.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia: Drinking water was Lanier's purpose

Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier.

In February, a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Patients with insurance wait it out

Patients with health insurance through BlueCross BlueShield Georgia hang in limbo as the insurance company and Northeast Georgia Health System head toward contract deadlines.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Judge rules woman incompetent to stand trial in child sex trafficking case

A Gainesville woman accused of child molestation and rape involving a 4-year-old girl will not stand trial until she is further evaluated by mental health professionals.

August 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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August 22, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue at Senate forum

MACON - Democrat Michelle Nunn on Thursday ramped up her attacks on Republican David Perdue in Georgia's closely watched Senate race, portraying her opponent as an obstructionist who would continue gridlock in Washington.

August 22, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Woman greets, thanks the responders who saved her life

Sondra Cochran called it a "perfect storm." Her husband Gerard Schroeder thinks of it as a "royal flush."

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch ready to get started on Cinnamon Cove project

The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch's water treatment plant.

August 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jailer accused of hitting inmate pleads guilty

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of hitting a handcuffed inmate in 2012 pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cornelia pipe bomb maker faces probation revocation

A Cornelia woman sentenced less than six months ago on federal explosives charges now faces probation revocation following an arrest in Flowery Branch.

August 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


4 men charged with dropping rocks onto cars from overpasses

At least two cars were damaged Tuesday when police say rocks were thrown from an Interstate 985 overpass.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


State GOP denies race allegations

The Georgia Republican Party has denied allegations of racial discrimination by a Gainesville woman who was fired from her job with the party.

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top area student has interests in art, medicine, literature and theater

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Sinkhole repairs nearly done

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete today, depending on weather.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Circle area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with two dogs.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Trial date set for jailer accused of hitting inmate

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of striking a handcuffed inmate is scheduled for trial next week.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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