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BULLI makes learning, friendship a lifelong endeavor

Sure, most of the 250 members of the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, or BULLI, are retired and enjoying their golden years.

August 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Times founder on hand for portrait unveiling, dedication

Lessie Smithgall sat Friday in The Times' office, a place she and her late husband, Charles, built on the idea that the public has the right to know what is happening in the community.

August 05, 2016 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Hall schools off to smooth start, officials say

Hall schools had a "smooth opening" this morning, according to Superintendent Will Schofield.

August 05, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Lakeview Academy building classroom addition for middle schoolers

With enrollment growing every year, Lakeview Academy in Gainesville needs room for its students.

August 05, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Elachee's nature-based kindergarten, first grade programs begin

Not many classrooms have large rocks as seats, soft earth instead of tile floors and dense trees as sheltering walls.

August 05, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Bond set at $1 million for fatal shooting suspect

A judge set bond at $1 million for a Gainesville man accused in a fatal April shooting.

August 04, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials on alert for Zika virus

Fears of the Zika virus spreading in the United States have reached critical mass as local public health officials and environmental advocates work to contain cases reported in Florida this week.

August 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch water line project will help shore up pressure, fire protection

Flowery Branch is gearing up for a project to increase water pressure and fire protection for a residential area near Lights Ferry Road.

August 04, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Commerce man among those with shorter sentence thanks to president

President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.

August 04, 2016 | From Times staff, wire reports | Local


Business owner commissions Gainesville mural on hotel wall

Jay Singh, owner and general manager of the Guest Lodge Gainesville, wanted a way to thank the city that's given him so much.

August 04, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall superintendent: Bathroom policies ‘a local issue’

Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield stuck to his previous stance on bathroom policies following a ruling by the Supreme Court on Wednesday that a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when school starts next month.

August 04, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Recovery group home proposed in Gainesville

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will consider a request Tuesday for a special use that would allow a group home on Cleveland Street for 36 men recovering from addiction.

August 04, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall schools' technology staff focus on A/V project

The technology department for Hall County schools is two-thirds of the way through with an $8.1 million project, has about 18,000 machines to maintain and added 9,000 Chromebooks to its arsenal during the past school year.

August 04, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Bilingual education emphasized in Hall schools

When Hall County schools considers teacher applicants, anyone who is bilingual in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese "has a leg up," Superintendent Will Schofield said, and that is the case in the business world, too.

August 04, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall’s new Early College @ Jones program has 150 enrolled

Hall County's new Early College @ Jones program, which gives high schoolers a head start on college, is expected to start Aug. 5 with about 150 students - more than double the number first anticipated.

August 04, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


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Gainesville man accused of threatening imam, others with gun; kidnapping baby

A Gainesville man is accused of threatening people with an AK-47 rifle and kidnapping a baby, police said.

August 24, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Three Hall schools top state, national ACT scores

Three of Hall County's schools scored above the 2016 state and national averages on the ACT this year.

August 24, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Judge denies self-defense immunity for man accused of shooting wife's alleged stalker

A Superior Court judge denied the self-defense immunity motion filed by a Buford man accused of shooting another man in his leg and jaw.

August 24, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man charged in home invasion, assault

A Gainesville man is charged with entering an apartment and pointing a gun at four people, police said.

August 23, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Groups seek flexibility after changes in septic permitting

Harold Kilgore wants options. That was his message to the Hall County Board of Health on Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legacy Link class seeks to help those with chronic conditions live well

The Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free six-week class for people living with a chronic condition and those who care for ...

August 23, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Former state Rep. Carl Rogers joins Lanier Tech

Former state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is now the vice president of economic development at Lanier Technical College.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Black bear spotted in east Forsyth County

August 23, 2016 | By Kelly Whitmire kwhitmire@forsythnews.com | Local


Mincey Marble seeking to delay Hall commission vote on new plant

Mincey Marble has asked the Hall County Board of Commissioners to delay its rezoning request until its Oct. 13 meeting - a move that has angered ...

August 23, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Connecting parents, schools focus of Gainesville superintendent's community chat

Bridging the gap in "getting from the hands of the child into the hands of the parents" with school information was the focus of the ...

August 23, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


3 people charged after fake money used to buy lawn equipment, cashier turns self in

Authorities have named three suspects in an incident where fake movie money was used at a Buford Wal-Mart to buy lawn equipment, which was then ...

August 23, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Financial analyst doesn’t expect much health care change under new president

Regardless of who's elected president, Americans might not see much change in health care reform with neither political party having control of both Congress ...

August 23, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall fire hydrants out of service since January; Gainesville officials working on solutions

A fire that destroyed a home in North Hall last week has left local government officials looking to calm fears about the risk to other ...

August 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Five veterans honored, get high school diplomas

Five men, including three Hall County brothers, who served in World War II and Vietnam, were awarded their high school diplomas Monday in a special ...

August 22, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall pre-K program will require local money for first time

Hall County's pre-K program will cost $45,000 to $60,000 in local money for the fiscal year 2017, the school board was told ...

August 22, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


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