Two Hall County schools and two from Gainesville City were recently identified by the state department of education as either Priority or Focus schools - designations that track learning facilities exhibiting the need for additional support.
When Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras, long the lone African-American representative among the city's elected leadership, announced last month that she would retire and not seek re-election to another four-year term this fall, it seemed like the beginning of the end of an era.
The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College within Hall County is now in the hands of state officials, and it is hoped that final acquisition of property to build a new campus will occur no later than early 2016.
The debate about whether to change Gainesville's at-large voting system boiled over Thursday at a meeting of city officials, and the two sides of the dispute appear to be growing more entrenched, even while others call for additional dialogue on the issue.
Under the threat of a man going to "cheese grate (his) face on the asphalt," David William Keener testified Thursday afternoon how he said he defended himself against a man allegedly intending to kill him.
Infections, blood clots and misaligned orthopedic devices are among the complications that can arise from common elective procedures, such as hip and knee replacements and gallbladder and prostate removal.