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Couple withdraws request for equestrian facility

After months of tension between neighbors, Lora Cushard's request to operate an equestrian facility from her Murrayville home ended anticlimactically when she withdrew her rezoning request at Thursday's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

August 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville Parks and Recreation will have new office hours

Beginning Sept. 2, Gainesville Parks and Recreation will have new office hours at its main office in the Gainesville Civic Center.

August 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


State budget cuts trickle down to local schools

The state's projected budget shortfall of $1.6 billion this year is forcing Gov. Sonny Perdue to order cuts in education funding that will affect kindergarten through 12th-grade districts, technical colleges and four-year universities.

August 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Injured school administrator faces more surgery

A week after an accident that came close to claiming his life, Johnson High School Assistant Principal Mike Adcock remains in critical condition, but officials are hopeful for a good long-term prognosis.

August 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City’s Public Safety building on drawing board

Representatives of the design firm Heery International presented their plans for the Gainesville's future police department and municipal court building Thursday morning to the City Council.

August 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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


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Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New law: Move right or get a ticket

A new law makes not moving over to another lane when there's faster traffic behind you an offense for which you could get a ticket.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Lesson six: Breaststroke is the best stroke

My Monday swim lesson was enough for me to never again want to get into the pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

The new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall County now appears headed for completion in midfall.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Juvenile court judge sworn in as president of national council

Georgia Juvenile Court Judge Peggy H. Walker was sworn in Tuesday as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges at its 77th annual conference in Chicago, Ill.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Burned toddler recovering after surgeries

Progress is being made in the recovery of a burned 16-month-old, whose injuries led to the closing of a Clermont day care center.

July 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hospital ranks among top in state

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been ranked among the best in the state according to the 25th U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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