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Sales tax slump hurts schools dealing with more students, less cash

GAINESVILLE - Area school systems have been battling state funding cuts for years.

And if January's numbers are an indication, they might be seeing a slump in 1-cent sales-tax revenue, which they've used for years for construction and renovation projects to keep up with fast-growing enrollments.

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New program helps students who fall behind

East Hall and Johnson high schools have started a computer-driven instructional program to help students make up credits needed to graduate or shore up academic weaknesses before taking the state's all-important graduation tests.

Hall County schools has spent $157,000 on software for the "credit-recovery labs" at the schools, in what could end up being a districtwide initiative.

February 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tornado watch issued until 9 p.m.

Though Hall and some surrounding counties are currently experiencing thunder storms and a tornado watch, the weather system responsible is expected to have moved through the area by later this evening.

February 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Girl Scouts travel the world

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia had a global traveling experience Saturday without even leaving the area.

February 28, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Mended Hearts volunteers are stars of ball

Undergoing a heart procedure can be a scary, life-altering experience. It helps to be able to talk to someone who's been through it before.

February 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson Building battle may go on

He has a makeshift office that is littered with boxes of emergency lights, exit signs and parts to fire sprinklers. A contractor's truck is parked outside during the day.

February 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lula looks to grow with the times

LULA -- More than 100 years ago, Lula was established as a sleepy railroad hub between Athens and Atlanta. A rectangle one mile wide and two miles long encompassed the entire city that spread out from the railroad tracks parallel to Main Street.

February 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Interpreters help courts bridge language barrier

Some days, courtroom interpreter Melva Alvarado can spend all day talking.

February 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man dies after fall from roof in Braselton

BRASELTON - A 19-year-old man fell off a roof at a construction site in Braselton and died Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2008 | By Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


Enota academy principal to retire

GAINESVILLE - Sally Meadors, principal of Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, is retiring after this school year.

February 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Feds move deadline for states' water deal

Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been given at least an additional week to reach a settlement on their 18-year water dispute, which largely centers on water from Lake Lanier.

February 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-teacher charged with molestation allegedly flees with daughter

A former Gainesville Elementary School teacher charged with molesting students in the classroom is considered a fugitive after violating conditions of his bond, authorities said Saturday.

Jerry Norman Jones, 51, was visiting his 4-year-old daughter Friday morning in Cumming when he left with the girl, in violation of bond conditions that prohibited unsupervised contact, Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

February 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two charged in motorcycle shop blaze

Authorities believe Alan Kilgore nearly lost his life for a $1,000 fee.

February 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Valentine cards, candy recalled

Several thousand Pokémon Valentine's Day cards with lollipops are being recalled because the candy may contain metal fragments.

February 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forestry study says branch out

GAINESVILLE - A recently released forestry management plan includes both accolades and advice for local government's tree ordinances.

February 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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John Price, Gainesville’s top teacher, wants kids to learn from mistakes

Students learn best when they can learn from their mistakes.

December 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


West Hall alum Matt Phillips named county’s top teacher at alma mater

West Hall High School's top teacher is also a graduate of the school.

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lula parades into holiday season

The sidewalks were full on Saturday as the city of Lula held its annual Christmas Parade.

December 06, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Flowery Branch flips switch on season

Rainy conditions weren't enough to dampen the spirits of Flowery Branch residents who turned out by the hundreds on Saturday for the city's fifth annual Christmas celebration.

December 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Riverside band set to play in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Not many Georgia students take school trips to Hawaii, but 87 cadets at Riverside Military Academy are doing just that.

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Police chase tops 100 mph, ends in wreck, arrest

A high-speed chase that began in Pendergrass ended with a wreck in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon.

December 06, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


C.W. Davis Scholarship founded to honor former Hall County educator

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 Hall schools named finalists for winter jingle contest

Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy was one of six schools statewide to win the Winter Weather Jingle Contest, along with another Hall County school, Tadmore Elementary.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County officials offer legislative wish list

With a new Georgia General Assembly session around the corner, Hall County commissioners and officials met with state legislators Friday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center to present their concerns.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville police warn of warrant scam

Gainesville police are warning citizens of a scam involving police impersonators over the phone.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood toasts up Christmas cheer

A drizzly, cool evening Friday didn't keep a solid crowd from visiting downtown Oakwood for the city's annual Christmas celebration.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flu shot less potent? Get one anyway, experts say

With the winter weather moving in and cold season upon us, many people are rushing to get their flu vaccine before they need to use a single sick day.

December 05, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Deal names Dec. 10 ‘Day of Code’

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has named December 10 the first "Day of Code," aimed at encouraging students to develop computing skills and consider careers in computer science.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


State tax revenue totals $1.46B for November

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state collected about $1.46 billion in net taxes during the month of November. Deal says the total is up roughly $60.5 million from November of 2013.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


Authorities in Cumming say shoplifters took $1,000 in goods

Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly shoplifted at least $1,000 of merchandise from the Cumming Walmart late Wednesday night.

December 04, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


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