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Jackson County schools to keep accreditation; challenges remain

JEFFERSON -- Schoolteachers and administrators in Jackson County schools can breathe a little easier now that the eight-member quality assurance team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has said it will recommend that the system remain accredited.

October 05, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


State, local taxes waived on energy-efficient appliances this weekend

With all the recent emphasis on saving gasoline, Georgians may have forgotten that it's important to save energy at home, too.

October 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Short-term loan might help Hall County schools

Although in sound financial shape, the Hall County school board is considering approving a short-term loan for the district until it collects property tax revenue.

October 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch OKs amended tax agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to approve an amended tax allocation district agreement with Hall County government.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Look what I grew!

Every year, Anastacia Rodriguez and her husband John grow watermelons to share with the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Center. This year's crop was a beauty, and it took John and two other men to get this melon into the trunk of Anastacia's car. Gloria Wilms, coordinator at the center, said they would cut it up and serve it to everyone at the center that day.

October 05, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Motorcycle accident kills Lanier Tech student

Terrance Putman, 23, of Gainesville was killed in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning, Gainesville police said.

Lt. Floyd Canup said police and emergency medical personnel responded to a location on Hunter Street. They discovered that a motorcycle left the road, struck a utility pole and ejected the driver.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gas tank explodes in Lula; 2 flown to Augusta burn center

Two men were wounded Wednesday in an explosion that shook the ground in a Lula subdivision and was the result of an accident involving a blowtorch and an old gas tank from a logging truck, fire officials said.

October 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rabid raccoon gives Hall 37th rabies case of the year

Hall County recorded its 37th rabies case this year after a rabid raccoon came into contact with a dog Sunday in northwestern Hall.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville vehicles have steady fuel supply

As the fuel shortage continues to make Hall County residents anxious, it's "so far, so good with us," Hall County's purchasing manager Tim Sims said of the fuel supply.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lines ease at the gas pump

Lines eased somewhat Tuesday in Hall County as a hurricane-induced gas shortage continued to leave some stations without fuel, while others, albeit temporarily, had one or more grades of unleaded gasoline.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Foundation will raise money to expand area shelter

The Medical Center Foundation is gearing up for Thursday's annual golf tournament to raise money for the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dawson bank complying with FDIC order

DAWSONVILLE - The president and chief executive of Chestatee State Bank said Tuesday that his bank has already taken steps to address most of the practices cited in a order made public last week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hoschton/Braselton corridor gets new ambulance unit

In times of medical emergency, a 10-minute wait for an ambulance can seem like a lifetime and cost a life.

October 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fundraiser is held for hurt school administrator

The Johnson High School volleyball team hosted a match Tuesday in honor of the school's assistant principal who was severely injured in a car wreck in August.

October 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Summer retests help Gainesville school system make adequate yearly progress

Summer retest results boosted the Gainesville school system's state test scores enough to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-08 school year.

October 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Chattahoochee plan stokes fear downstream from Atlanta

WHITESBURG - State environmental officials will vote Wednesday to allow less Chattahoochee River water, at times, to flow below Atlanta, a proposal that angers downstream communities ...

August 25, 2015 | By Dan Chapman Associated Press | Local


Hall County deputy strikes ambulance

A Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy in pursuit of a suspect struck an ambulance Friday on Valley Creek in South Hall, leading to no ...

August 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Health insurance rates could climb significantly

Health insurance policyholders might see premium increases as high as 38 percent next year, a Gainesville insurance executive told a Gainesville audience Tuesday.

August 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville drug treatment center pays $20K in civil settlement

A Gainesville narcotic treatment program will pay $20,000 to settle allegations in federal court about not keeping complete and accurate records of the drugs ...

August 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Grimes guilty on all charges in attempted robbery, shooting

A Lawrenceville man was convicted Monday on all charges of entering a Gainesville apartment in October 2013 and holding a woman at gunpoint.

August 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hoschton man fights to restore vision after fireworks accident

It was the Fourth of July, and Joel Porter and his friends decided to shoot off some of the new fireworks only recently allowed to ...

August 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Sawnee EMC announces 4-month period of lower rates

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation announced Monday a change that should lower bills for most of its customers through the end of the year.

August 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


History center set to honor three ‘legacies’ on Thursday

The Northeast Georgia History Center is honoring three area businessmen as "local legacies" in its annual Taste of History Luncheon.

August 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man sentenced to life in prison for Father's Day revenge killing

Father's Day meant revenge for Saul Castillo. It was a day 31 years in the making.

August 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


School boards review E-SPLOST referendum

The wording of a referendum on a one-cent sales tax that could raise as much as $195 million is being reviewed by the local school ...

August 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race

André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

August 23, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roundabouts are emerging in Hall County area

A common sight in Europe, roundabouts are catching on in the Hall County area as a way to move traffic and ease congestion.

August 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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