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Kemp names talk radio host, 2 others to state school board

Jan. 14, 2020 5:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is appointing three new members to seven-year terms on the Georgia state Board of Education, which makes policy for the state's nearly 1.8 million public school students. Kemp on Tuesday named Martha Zoller, a former aide who lives in Gainesville, to a seat representing the...

In this Dec. 12, 2019, photo Stephany Zuniga teaches Portuguese at Johnson High School in Hall County, Ga. (Kelsey Podo/The Times via AP)

Teacher offers 'interesting' language alternative

Dec. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — To the untrained ear, the voices coming out of Stephany Zuniga’s class at Johnson High School might sound French, Italian or Spanish. This is because Zuniga teaches Portuguese. “I’d like to say that Portuguese is a mixture of French, Italian and...

Georgia city eases hotel-stay limit on concern for homeless

Dec. 18, 2019 3:58 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A northeast Georgia city says some people can stay in hotels past current limits, but need documents proving they have no other place to stay. The Gainesville City Council approved the changes Tuesday, including limiting people to staying 15 days at a time in a regular hotel and 30...

Police: Man called out of work drunk, tried to rob workplace

Dec. 2, 2019 8:11 AM EST

OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man called out of his Steak ‘n Shake job because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint. The Gainesville Times reports 20-year-old Kentarias Gowans, of Flowery Branch, is charged...

Georgia father, 9-year-old son die in mobile home blaze

Dec. 2, 2019 3:04 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A fire department in Georgia says a father and his 9-year-old son were killed when their mobile home became engulfed in flames over the weekend. Hall County Fire Services Division Chief Zach Brackett told news outlets firefighters responded to reports of heavy smoke and flames...

Inquiry finds jail employees engaged in sexual misconduct

Dec. 1, 2019 12:13 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Eight employees at a northeast Georgia jail have resigned or were suspended after an investigation found some engaged in sexual activity among themselves while on duty. No inmates were involved and activity appears to have been consensual. A retiring jail supervisor say he accepts...

Georgia military school gets $1M for athletic upgrades

Nov. 30, 2019 10:40 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A private Georgia military school says it will use a $1 million donation to improve its athletic facilities. The Gainesville Times reports Riverside Military Academy received the money from an anonymous donor. Vice President for Advancement Ellen DeFoor says the donor has no...

Act of kindness softens police sorrow over spilled doughnuts

Nov. 27, 2019 10:26 AM EST

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — The loss of Krispy Kreme doughnuts documented by police in Georgia has come to a bittersweet ending. A Facebook post from Brookhaven police shows officers respond to the scene of “total carnage” Tuesday morning. It says dozens of doughnuts fell from a delivery truck...