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Ga. legislators let corporate lobbyists write, vote on laws

Well, what do you know? A reporter for Channel 11 news caught up with some Georgia legislators holed up in a swanky corporate resort holding private meetings where laws are made behind closed doors in Savannah, and also in Las Vegas, Nev., and protected by armed guards. These legislators, along with lobbyists from corporations, vote on legislation apparently to give some corporations an advantage in the marketplace.

May 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Marching across county to check out master gardens

Since its beginnings in 2011, the Redbud Project has been coming together as a model for conservation in Hall County that also offers education and resources to the public. And next week, it will be one of the seven featured gardens on the Hall County Master Gardeners' biannual Garden Walk.

May 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories

Jonah Goldberg: Holy warriors ride from the left and right

Holy warriors of left and right

May 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | More viewpoint stories

How to prevent moss and algae from popping up in turf

As soil becomes less fertile and more compacted over time, healthy turf thins out and its growth declines.

May 29, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Recognizing a need and fulfilling it

While farmers, gardeners and growers typically spend the summer with plenty of crops, many children find themselves without enough food during the summer months.

May 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Roosevelt Square renovation designs released

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived in Gainesville to deliver an impassioned speech about revitalizing the city following a deadly tornado in 1936, he could not have envisioned plans today to honor and build upon the legacy of a square bearing his name.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass, striper fishing not slowing down

Water Conditions: Lake Lanier's water level is 1,070.54 feet or only .46 feet below a full pool of 1,071. Lake water temperatures are from the upper 70s to lower 80s. The main lake is clear, but stained around the banks from boat traffic. The creeks and rivers are clear to very stained from recent rains.

May 28, 2015 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors

Buford AD Dexter Wood to be inducted into Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Dexter Wood still feels the nerves come state title time. These days, however, he's no longer the one giving the signals.

May 28, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools

Hall County Schools recommend 4 for leadership spots

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield announced the recommendation of four hires for leadership positions Thursday, with the nods to officially be brought before the school board's called personnel meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

May 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Hall officials approve additional funding for Glades Reservoir study

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Atlanta Hawks looking for ‘continuity’ after historic 60-win season

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks cleaned out their lockers, met with the coaches, and headed off for summer vacation Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Hawks

One seriously injured in Sardis Road wreck

Four people were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center - one with serious injuries - after a collision Tuesday afternoon on Sardis Road.

May 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville CFO named interim city manager

Gainesville's chief financial officer, Melody Marlowe, has been named interim city manager while officials seek a permanent replacement for Kip Padgett.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Metro Gainesville unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent

The unemployment rate for the metro Gainesville area, which includes all of Hall County, ticked down to 4.7 percent in April, its lowest mark since April 2008, in numbers released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

May 28, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Hall officials mulling cities’ role in McEver repairs

It looks like it's back to square one with McEver Road repairs.

May 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

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Harper's walk-off homer gives Washington Nationals 8-6 win over Atlanta Braves

WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper did it again, extending his remarkable homer streak with a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 8-6 Saturday.

May 09, 2015 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Riverside Military shut out in quarterfinal soccer loss to Pace Academy

Diego Vacca has seen the top of the mountain - and he'll hope to use this year's strong playoff run to fuel his Riverside boys soccer team for its new crop of players.

May 09, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools

Rushton & Co. holds international summit

Rushton & Co. hosted an international summit on international business trends and tax law updates May 4 in Atlanta.

May 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Business

United Community Bank honors bankers, Gainesville office team

United Community Bank recognized two area bankers and one bank team for excellence during the first quarter.

May 09, 2015 | | Business

Gainey, Reece receive 2015 Spherion Spirit Award

Al Gainey and Stacey Reece are the recipients of the 2015 Spherion Spirit Award, a national companywide honor.

May 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Business

Peach State Bank & Trust celebrates 10 years with a hometown style

Ten years strong, and Peach State Bank & Trust President Ron Quinn says the institution's success is the community's success. The loyalty of locals during hard times saw the bank through a recession that sank others left and right.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Business

Buford girls come up short against Woodward in state championship tennis match

JONESBORO - The Buford girls tennis team was unable to cap off their historic season with a championship. The Lady Wolves ended up losing out to Woodward Academy 3-0 on a hot Saturday afternoon in the GHSA class AAAA state championship at the Clayton International Park Tennis Center.

May 09, 2015 | By Colin Ochs For The Times | High schools

Area residents hit the lake, enjoy summerlike weather

The bass weren't hitting Saturday at Balus Creek Park on Lake Lanier.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Atlanta Falcons pick up pace of minicamp under Quinn

FLOWERY BRANCH - Justin Hardy doesn't know yet where he will fit in with the Atlanta Falcons. He's learning that whomever the team deploys next fall had better be ready to work quickly.

May 09, 2015 | Matt Winklejohn Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Earth Sense: Keep grass clippings out of the street properly

Some love to do it, some despise it: Mowing the lawn - or "cutting the grass," as we like to call it around here.

May 09, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Local golf: Luna's Golf Group plays at Chattahoochee

Tommy Aaron, Jerry Johns and Larry Miller teamed to win the Luna's Tuesday golf group outing at Chattahoochee Golf Course this week.

May 09, 2015 | Times sports reports | Community sports

Man recovering after being stabbed while jogging Friday

A man who was jogging in his neighborhood Friday night was stabbed after two suspects approached him and asked for money, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Annual Relay for Life event to kick off May 15

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back are the cornerstones of Relay for Life, with this year being no exception.

May 09, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local

Dick Yarbrough: Centennial celebrations provide a trip down memory lane

You are going to have to give me a little room to reminisce today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's memory lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me.

May 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Your Views: Prayers are needed, along with values and respect

Thursday was National Prayer Day. However, we could say it was Worldwide Prayer Day also. Whenever you are reading the newspapers or watching TV, volcano eruptions, discontentment among nations and injustice among different groups of people, worldwide prayer service is in order.

May 09, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

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