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Brenau lobbies to turn apartment complex into dormitory

Brenau University plans to convert 14 apartments in the Parklane Apartments complex into a new dormitory for 56 university students this fall.

June 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville City Council to discuss school system's plea for financial relief

The Gainesville City Council soon will meet and discuss a request to waive a fee it charges to the city's Board of Education for preparing school property tax bills and collecting payments.

June 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville schools weigh budget cuts; deficit is $6.6 million

The Gainesville school system has launched into serious number-crunching mode as it moves toward knitting together a final budget for the next fiscal year.

June 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Manhunt nabs four suspects in outlet mall robbery

Four suspects in a foiled burglary attempt at a Dawsonville outlet mall were arrested Tuesday morning after an hourslong manhunt in northern Forsyth County.

June 21, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Oakwood council pushes illegal immigration issue

The topic of illegal immigration was resurrected at an Oakwood City Council meeting Monday.

Councilman Gary Anderson asked the city attorney for an update on whether the city had an ordinance allowing law enforcement to deport illegal immigrants living within the city.

June 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Onstage and off, 'Honk' shows 'it's OK to be different'

"Honk," the Gainesville Children's Musical Theatre Workshop's musical adaptation of the children's classic "The Ugly Duckling," is filled with laughs and lessons both on the stage and behind the scenes.

June 20, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville school board hopes for City Council help

The Gainesville school board is looking for budget relief wherever it can find it, including asking City Council to waive for one year the fee it charges to send out property tax notices and collect taxes on the district's behalf.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools one step closer to charter status

A state committee set up to review applications of charter school systems has voted to recommend that the remaining petitions for charter system status, including one from the Gainesville City Schools, be approved by the State Board of Education.

The Charter Advisory Committee made its recommendation on Friday, and it was announced Monday. In addition to Gainesville, the systems seeking charter status are the city systems in Decatur and Marietta, as well as Chattahoochee County schools.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Area lane closings

Area lane closures

June 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chinese acrobats perform as part of Brenau art series

Kids, don't try this at home. Three performers lifted a fourth into the air with only their legs, gracefully raising their other limbs outward, looking like a willowy pink flower atop a small round platform.

Performers spun umbrellas and tables like tops using just their feet. Others leapt and flipped through rings simultaneously, in different directions. One performer stood on tiptoe on another's head. The cast dazzled the audience with color, agility and a hint of suspense as they defied gravity with grace.

June 20, 2008 | | Local


Property taxes increase 4.27 percent for Hall County schools

The school tax rate is rising for Hall County property owners.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Budget cuts take 11 jobs at Hall County Health Department

Six employees of the Hall County Health Department will lose their jobs at the end of this month as a result of budget cuts.

Dr. David Westfall, director of District 2 Public Health, which administers health departments in Hall and 12 other Northeast Georgia counties, said he was lucky he didn't have to give more people the bad news.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Salmonella scare takes tomatoes off some menus

Got a craving for fresh tomatoes?

Whether you can find any today depends on where you decide to eat or shop. Hall County restaurants and supermarkets have had differing responses to a federal advisory on tomato safety.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County could freeze hiring

A slumping economy and soaring fuel prices have inspired in Hall County a pessimistic but cautious outlook for the next fiscal year.

Hall County commissioners recommended a yearlong hiring freeze for open positions among other cuts in a meeting Monday. Starting July 1, hiring for any of the 43 open positions would require approval by the board of commissioners or the county administrator.

June 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sen. Isakson says No Child Left Behind law needs to improve

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. told Hall County school administrators on Monday that he is hopeful of administrative changes to the No Child Left Behind Act that will help systems like Hall County that have an influx of non-English speaking students.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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WomenSource hosts 7th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser

For the seventh year, WomenSource played host to its annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, which celebrated women's philanthropy Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

September 10, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


$1.99 billion requested to fund state universities

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is requesting $1.99 billion for its 2016 budget and a separate $254.8 million for facilities.

September 10, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Oakwood to hold hearing on Stringer Road project

Oakwood is holding its third of four required public hearings Thursday as part of an $800,000 road project related to M. Stringer Road at the King's Hawaiian plant.

September 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville crowd debates Common Core's merits

An English professor told a Gainesville audience Tuesday night that educators, including herself, were heavily involved in the development of Common Core standards but they also were "passionate" about their work.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps

Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DA: Grand jury to probe raid that injured Cornelia toddler

A prosecutor says a grand jury will investigate a police raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in the child's playpen last spring in Cornelia.

September 09, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Lanier academy student charged with making threats

A Lanier Career Academy student has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.

September 09, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Valentine’s Day murder conviction appealed to Georgia Supreme Court

The attorney for the go-between in a Valentine's Day murder-for-hire scheme argued for an appeal Monday on the grounds of unlawfully obtained and unsuppressed phone records.

September 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in US Senate race

ATLANTA - First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

September 09, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over immigration

Politics appear to be at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision last week to delay unspecified executive action on immigration until after the November mid-term elections.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chick-fil-A director, customers reminisce about S. Truett Cathy

Area Chick-fil-A customers on Monday remembered Chick-fil-A's founder for his business model and personal values. S. Truett Cathy died early Monday morning at 93.

September 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula plans for the end of SPLOST

Lula is developing a backup plan in case Hall County's special purpose local option sales tax is not extended after it expires next year.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


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