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Projects on hold as state Transportation Department awaits federal funding

Dwindling federal road money means the Georgia Department of Transportation is applying the brakes statewide to 84 projects that should be in design and 57 projects primed for right-of-way acquisition, DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said Thursday.

March 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville fire, police departments identify goals for next fiscal year

Budget season is beginning for local governments, and the Gainesville City Council reviewed goals and priorities for several departments, including public safety agencies, during a Thursday work session.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County commissioners reject Tumbling Circle closing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners finally voted Thursday to reject a proposal to abandon right of way along Tumbling Circle after a railroad crossing there was closed last year.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Good news, bad news: Hall County jobless rate up a bit, but still state's lowest

The local jobs picture continues to improve overall despite month-to-month variance in the unemployment rate.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lake group pushes bill requiring boat titles

Just last week, the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association sent an email blast with the subject line "Have you seen this houseboat?"

March 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chestatee High marks Teen Tech Week with $1,000 grant

Chestatee High School students are spending the week building model towers, filming animation and coding robots.

March 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge & Bar: Former jailer accused of smuggling to be arraigned

A former Hall County jailer accused of smuggling drugs into the Hall County Jail is set for an arraignment hearing next week in U.S. District Court.

March 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hobby Lobby in, Chipotle still mum on retail location

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food chain serving made-to-order burritos and tacos, has plans to open a location on Dawsonville Highway near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold open house series

Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold a series of open houses in hopes of increasing awareness and enrollment.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State lawmakers rush to beat 30th-day deadline for bills

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 11, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY AND BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local




No one hurt in Hall County house fire

No one was hurt but heavy damage resulted from a house fire Wednesday afternoon east of Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State Senate approves resolution to change Advanced Placement U.S. history exam

ATLANTA - The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.

March 11, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Civil War series to continue at UNG-Gainesville

A panel discussion is set for tonight at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus on the Civil War's aftermath, including environmental impact on Georgia, Reconstruction and political effects.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boy Scouts award 3 area leaders

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council honored three community leaders Tuesday night at the 2015 Gainesville American Values Dinner at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Teachers get help in STEM instruction at UNG conference

Educators from around North Georgia met Saturday for the Georgia Science Teachers Association District II ELIPSE (Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators) Conference held on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus.

March 29, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center's new Braselton hospital helps drives growth

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is making an economic impression on its surrounding area, even before it opens Wednesday.

March 29, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


A rarity: Murder case ends quickly in hotel slaying

For fans of the TV crime procedural, each episode's case is wrapped up with a neat bow in 60 minutes.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Day care owner, staff members indicted in 2014 toddler burn case

The owner, site director and an employee at a former Clermont day care were indicted Thursday on charges connected to a toddler who was burned on the premises last summer.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Though the weather was a bit cool even for late March, local residents found plenty of ways to enjoy a spring Saturday in the area.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Put simply, Byronica Banks is a remarkable college student.

March 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

It still doesn't seem real to Erbey Rebollar and the family business at Taxi El Palmar.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt provides fun for all ages

The inaugural Glow In The Dark Easter egg hunt took place Friday at Laurel Park.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bayeux Tapestry replica makes brief appearance at University of North Georgia

If walls could talk, those of the University of North Georgia's dining hall banquet room would have had a lot to say Friday afternoon.

March 27, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony recognizes emergency officials

The men and women that serve Hall County were honored Friday night during the inaugural Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony, held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville's banquet hall.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Ted Oglesby honored by state lawmakers

Theodore N. "Ted" Oglesby was honored with a resolution in the Georgia State Senate chamber on Friday.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly's 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

March 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Old man winter is hanging on; North Georgia under freeze warning tonight

Winter isn't turning loose of Northeast Georgia just yet.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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