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Area school officials: Buses not overcrowded, extremely safe

The standard length of a school bus seat is 39 inches - that's 13 inches per student, mind you.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Class Notes: UNG town hall meeting tonight in Oakwood

The University of North Georgia is continuing a series of town hall meetings for alumni and community members to weigh in on its strategic plan.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville unsure on water, sewer rate increase

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is proposing a 2.25 percent increase in the water rate for the 2015 fiscal year, and a 1.25 percent increase in the sewer rate.

March 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Experts: Put those iPads (and phones, and televisions, and computers) away

Nairika Cornett has always kept her children's exposure to technology to a minimum, but it was a hassle.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Funds lacking to improve Hall’s busiest roads

The wreck in her front yard, turning an elaborate birdhouse into a pile of lumber, helped confirm what Stephanie Scoggins already knew: Something needs to be done with Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Concert for a cause

The Disabled American Veterans' hosted its "Fulfilling Our Promises" concert Saturday night at the Carlos and Sandra Cervantes Theater at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. The concert featured a variety of music, including classical, country and gospel performed by 15 musicians of various ages and backgrounds. The event was a fundraiser for DAV Chapter 17, which depends on donations and volunteers to assist area veterans and their families. In addition, the chapter provides scholarships for children of veterans and transportation to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur.

March 29, 2014 | | Local


City council set to vote on historic marker for tornado site

Gainesville City Council appears poised to approve the placement of a long-awaited historical marker at the site of the former Cooper Pants Factory, which burned during the April 6, 1936, tornado that devastated much of the city.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau lauds past and future at gala

Brenau University celebrated its past with a black-tie-optional event Saturday night while sharing with guests big plans for the future.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New drug raises concerns locally

A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Health care law deadline looms

James Smith's family is struggling to make ends meet, so paying for any kind of health coverage - at this point - is tough.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students use their ears to play ball

Blindfolded students from West Hall, with their partners guiding them, searched for a rolling beep ball Friday morning during Disability Resource Center's annual Beep Ball event at Mulberry Creek Community Center.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Scant details offered on new Sheriff’s Office HQ alternatives

Before the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new Sheriff's Office headquarters, questions emerged about whether due diligence had been given to looking at the possibility of renovating existing buildings instead, perhaps at a lower cost.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rain postpones today’s downtown pet event

The Mutts on Main event scheduled for today has been postponed two weeks due to the rainy forecast.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Promgoers reminded to avoid alcohol, drugs

Tonight marks the official beginning of prom season, with two high schools unleashing their celebratory juniors and seniors on the roads.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspect convicted in 2012 home invasion shooting

A suspect in a Gainesville home invasion was convicted Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Lula to consider council member pay, reimbursement

Lula is looking to set limits on unforeseen compensation and reimbursement of expenses.

April 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT updating state rail plan

The Georgia Department of Transportation is updating the state's long-range rail plan, which affects Hall County, with its heavy freight traffic, Amtrak passenger service and proposed commuter and passenger rail lines.

April 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Saturday yard sale to raise funds to fight cancer

The Times Relay for Life team is hosting a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

April 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Performance scores to be released for area schools

Individual school scores could possibly go down this year, but that's ultimately a good thing according to state officials.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Class Notes: UNG considered top underrated Georgia college

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks were proclaimed the most underrated college in the state by a business news website.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Voter registration deadline is today

Today is the voter registration deadline for the May 20 primary election.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area breast cancer education events offer weekend of awareness

Two area events this weekend are striving to provide free education and awareness on breast cancer.

April 21, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

For his part, Dr. Allan Panter couldn't say whether his wife, Theresa, should run in this year's Boston Marathon - as he's not the one logging the miles by foot.

April 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

April 20, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn't until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

April 19, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University.

April 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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