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Local Agenda: Gainesville set to OK funding for airport study

Gainesville City Council is set to approve the use of $12,500 in SPLOST VI money today to pay for a study at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tiny hole hides big headache

A potentially cavernous sinkhole opened early Monday in a Gainesville shopping center parking lot, and fixing it is a bit complex.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school district plans to decrease tax rate

The Gainesville City Board of Education will lower the tax rate for fiscal year 2015 at its Aug. 18 meeting.

August 04, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Injured firefighter transferred to spinal cord specialists

A firefighter injured when a truck's ladder fell 44 feet on July 22 has been transferred to the Shepherd Center.

August 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


University lecturer hopes to save a piece of Hall's past

Zac Miller can't be certain exactly how long Timber Ridge Cemetery has been in use, but he is sure of one thing: It holds the keys to a treasure trove of local history.

August 04, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Clermont seeks green light for voting change

Clermont officials are waiting on state approval of proposed changes to the North Hall city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

August 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chamber of Commerce to present health care mandate update

The full rollout of the Affordable Care Act is far from complete, as area businesses and residents will learn at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's annual health care reform update set for Aug. 12.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habersham hospital deal loses momentum

Despite some financial hurdles for Habersham Medical Center, the Demorest-based hospital and Northeast Georgia Health System are still working toward a partnership of some type, officials said last week.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church offers haircuts, school supplies for needy

All four girls of the Perez family ran straight to the "salon" chairs at an event Sunday that offered free haircuts and school supplies.

August 03, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Brenau sorority houses come down to make room for replacements

Demolition has begun to make way for new construction at Brenau University.

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class notes: Make-A-Wish award now named for UNG student

For the fourth year in a row, students at the University of North Georgia have raised more funds for Make-A-Wish than any other in their conference, and the award they received for doing so has been renamed for one of their own.

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The new honor code: Testing under online eye

When Gainesville college student Rachel Henderson learned a test for her online class was administered 20 miles away in Dahlonega, she opted instead to use a fee-based mobile proctoring service called ProctorU. The result, she said, was "pretty easy and kind of strange."

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


A high heat index can end up becoming a killer

There's a killer that probably takes more lives than warfare. In 2003, an estimated 50,000 people died during a devastating heat wave that affected most of Europe. Even in the U.S., where air conditioning is available on a much larger scale, the hot summer of 1980 resulted in 1,250 casualties, according to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov).

August 03, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Local


CrossFit athletes show their stuff

Weights were lifted and burpies jumped Saturday as CrossFit athletes from all over metro Atlanta and North Georgia came to compete in the inaugural Showdown on the Square.

August 03, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Injured firefighters backed by brothers in uniform

When the people who rescue us need saving themselves, a brotherhood emerges and rushes to their aid.

August 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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