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School standards, higher education top 2015 challenges

High school standards and expectations after high school are among the top education issues Georgians can expect to see addressed by state leaders in 2015.

January 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fire damages Hall County mobile home; no one hurt

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'Jesus Loves You’ robbery suspect believed to have gang ties

Oakwood police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 3 robbery by sudden snatching at Wal-Mart, with the suspect allegedly entering the store with a "Jesus Loves You" T-shirt.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia political, agricultural leaders celebrate poultry lab opening

The cold weather Friday morning could not chill the warm spirits of those attending the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

January 09, 2015 | By David Strickland Poultry Times | Local


Community raises $4K to send Down syndrome adult to horse show

David Ruckstaetter will saddle up next month on his way to Mississippi, just as they do in the cowboy Westerns he used to watch with his grandfather.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula reviews water fees after complaints

The Lula City Council will consider scrapping an administrative fee on some water accounts, in addition to other policy changes regarding its enterprise funds, after residents recently raised concerns.

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal to unveil plan to address Georgia’s foster care crisis

Gov. Nathan Deal today will discuss the final recommendations of the Child Welfare Reform Council, which could possibly include more public-private partnerships with state agencies.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch council approves Cinnamon Cove project

Flowery Branch leaders have moved forward on increasing sewer capacity, and increasing the city's chances for future development and growth.

January 08, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Couple and their toddler escape fire but lose Lula home

Lula homeowners Andrew and Brittney Deaton heard smoke alarms at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. But when they came downstairs they didn't see any smoke or fire, said Andrew Deaton's brother, Nicholas Deaton.

January 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hard freeze settles in until Friday across Northeast Ga.

Temperatures climbed out of the teens across Northeast Georgia on Thursday afternoon, but they won't make it above freezing for another day or so.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Oakwood seeking robbery suspect with ‘Jesus Loves You’ T-shirt

Oakwood Police are seeking two suspects in a robbery investigation at Wal-Mart, who are believed to have taken a camouflage jacket, a package of T-shirts and a Sony PlayStation 4 just after midnight Saturday.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities say gang member had $13,000 in drugs at Gainesville home

A variety of drugs worth more than $13,000 were found Tuesday at a Gainesville home, along with scales and $3,000 in cash, according to authorities.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


I-985 Southbound traffic cleared from earlier accident

Traffic is now clear on Interstate 985 below exit 22, U.S. 129, after a four-vehicle accident backed up traffic headed southbound.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flu season ravaging nation, depleting student attendance

Hundreds of students missed school in December because of the flu, and the illness' season isn't over yet.

January 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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Relay for Life moving to new home

The organization that moves to end cancer is now making a move of its own.

January 28, 2015 | | Local


House transportation plan would replace fuel sales tax with excise tax

Georgia House leaders have announced a plan they say funnels $1 billion toward the state's transportation needs.

January 28, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Wal-Mart opens 2 new grocery stores in Gainesville

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened two stores in Gainesville Wednesday to cheerleaders, high school bands and jazz musicians.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital names new president of Gainesville campus

A hospital executive from Texas has been named president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: New DOT official concentrates on upcoming hurdles

The appointment of Russell McMurry as Georgia's roads chief turned a few heads last week.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers needed for upcoming CASA training

Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of local abused and neglected children.

January 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


West Hall seventh-grader wins county spelling bee

After many rounds of intense competition, Emily Wood won the Hall County School District spelling bee with the correct spelling of "goatee."

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lakeview to honor Addi Bales' fight against cancer Friday

Cancer is a tough opponent.

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Warren Lee Hill executed for killing fellow inmate

January 27, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Last year's 'snowmageddon' pushed improvements

North Georgia may have dodged the snow-and-ice bullet so far this year, but officials say they're in better shape in case the region is blasted by a storm like the "snowmageddon" that struck on this day last year.

January 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Relay for Life moving to University of North Georgia Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia Gainesville campus will host the 2015 Relay For Life of Hall County.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Cumming man arrested after $25K in drugs found

A Cumming man was arrested Monday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine in Oakwood after investigators found 250 grams of the substance.

January 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Road crews monitoring winter weather in mountains

Winter weather affected roads in the Gaps of Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties this morning, but snow has stopped falling and crews are now just monitoring the situation.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Suspect identified in hit-and-run that injured homeless bicyclist

A suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition has been identified by Oakwood police as Deboris Joshua Owens, 26, of Gainesville.

January 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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