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Newsmakers in business: Peach State Bancshares dividends up for 3rd year

Peach State Bancshares Inc., parent company of Peach State Bank & Trust, announced a 7-cent-per-share dividend for its stockholders, representing the third consecutive annual dividend increase since 2015. The dividend, payable to stockholders of record as of June 5, was approved by Peach State's Board of Directors at their April meeting.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

Newsmakers in business: NE Georgia Hampton Inns collect TripAdvisor award

Three Northeast Georgia Hampton Inns were awarded the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

Newsmakers in business: Willis Investment named a top firm by Financial Times

Willis Investment Counsel has been recognized by The Financial Times of London as one of the top investment advisory firms in the U.S. for the third consecutive year.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

Newsmakers in business: The Norton Agency earns pair of honors

The Norton Agency, based in Gainesville, has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in the state of Georgia for 2016.

July 01, 2017 | | Community

Photo slideshow: Sterling on the Lake lights up for red, white and blue

Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch got an early start on the Fourth of July celebrations with a festival and fireworks show on Saturday.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local

Local golf: Chattahoochee Men's golf group holds three-best-ball event

The team of Steve Hollis, Bob Pyne, Johnny Little and Bob Henderson took first place in a net-strokes,three-best ball competition at the Chattahoochee Golf Club on Wednesday in Gainesville.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community sports

Campus carry of firearms among new Georgia laws taking effect

ATLANTA - Dozens of new laws are now in effect with the start of Georgia's fiscal year, including an end to a ban on guns on the state's public college campuses.

July 01, 2017 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Top of the wires

Letter: Don’t remove Trump from office before full truth is found

"With Malice towards none, with Charity towards all."

July 01, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: VA health rules make it harder to get needed care

I agree with R. Gary Humphries in his letter to the editor on Wednesday regarding Veterans Affairs health care. I have experienced this firsthand with my brother, Ronnie, who is a veteran. He suffered a stroke in February 2016 and is still paralyzed on his left side. He goes to the Oakwood Clinic for regular doctor visits, where they can only prescribe medication. Anything else has to go through the Atlanta office via a "consult appointment."

July 01, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Electronic music festival kicks off in Braselton

Grinding electronics and thrumming, vibrating bass rolled around the hills of Braselton as the Moonshine Music and Arts Festival kicked off its first day.

July 01, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local

Key part of state law to help child sex abuse survivors to expire

ATLANTA - After suffering through sexual abuse for a decade starting when she was 5, a Georgia woman said she was too emotionally wrecked to sue her alleged abuser until it was too late - state law says victims must file lawsuits seeking damages before they turn 23.

July 01, 2017 | Associated Press | Local

Gainesville graduate Spencer Ralston in contention after three rounds at Dogwood Invite golf event

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston carded a third-round 6-under par (66) Friday to take his total to 14-under par (202) and stands in a three-way tie for fourth place - one shot off the lead - at The Dogwood Invitational at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

June 30, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks

LCKC's Kaley Martin making next step with travels abroad to sharpen canoeing skills

Kaley Martin would be happy to be considered a pioneer with her pursuits of racing in the canoe when women are eligible to compete for the first time at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

June 30, 2017 | By Layne Saliba For The Times | Community sports


Jeb and Rosemary Bates of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith O'Neal Bates to John Baxter McWhirter, son of Tom and Rae McWhirter of Atlanta.

June 30, 2017 | | Engagements

Editorial: Make effort to drive, boat sober this Fourth

A long holiday weekend, hot summer weather, cheap gas and a world of distractions are the perfect formula for danger on Georgia highways.

June 30, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

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West Hall grad receives $10K scholarship

West Hall High School graduate Yesica Turcios-Galvez received a $10,000 scholarship - $2,500 each year of college - from Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

July 24, 2017 | | Community

Portion of I-985 North to close completely overnight Thursday

About four miles of the northbound section of Interstate 985 will completely close for one night beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday at the I-985 ...

July 24, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local

Lane closing on Boling Bridge on Monday, Tuesday nights

A single lane will close on Boling Bridge along Ga. 53 beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

July 24, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local

Gainesville boy drowns at start of family's vacation in Florida Keys

KEY COLONY BEACH, Fla. - A family vacation in the Florida Keys turned tragic for a Gainesville family when a couple's 3-year-old son died in ...

July 24, 2017 | Associated Press | Local

Pitchford of North Hall FFA secures $1,000 scholarship

The National FFA Organization has awarded a $1,000 AGCO Dealer scholarship to Katelyn Pitchford of the North Hall FFA.

July 23, 2017 | | Community

West Hall Laws of Life winners speak to Rotary

Winners of West Hall High School's Laws of Life Essay Contest presented to members of the Rotary Club of South Hall County recently. The ...

July 23, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

NGTC alumni honored for contributions as professionals

North Georgia Technical College recently handed out its alumni awards.

July 23, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

North Hall’s Williams selected for NRA education summit

Sawyer Williams, a rising junior at North Hall High School, was selected as one of 45 students across the U.S. to participate in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

Quilts of Valor honors area World War II veterans

On June 11, the members of Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church honored their three World War II veterans: Army Private 1st Class Kennedy Smartt, Army Private ...

July 23, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

North Hall Middle receives $900 grant from Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation

Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation made a $900 "Grants for Growing" grant to to North Hall Middle School's FFA chapter.

July 23, 2017 | | Community

Minister's message: Birds teach us lessons in perseverance

"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that ...

July 23, 2017 | The Rev. Michelle Strall | Columnists

Editorial: Ballot safety is at risk

If it wasn't bad enough America's politics and government are lumbering the highway on four bald tires, the act of voting itself is ...

July 23, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Kitchen inspections: July 17-21


July 22, 2017 | Times staff reports | Kitchen inspections

Newsmakers in business: Brenau earns accolade as a top workplace

For the third time, Brenau University was recognized Monday as one of the best higher education institutions to work for in the United States.

July 22, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community

Local golf: Bartlett wins first flight of Stableford event at Chattahoochee

Roy Bartlett won the first flight of the Stableford points outing for the Chattahoochee Men's Golf Group on Wednesday in Gainesville.

July 22, 2017 | Times staff reports | Community sports

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