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Hall County budget scuffle: More money, more dissent

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on a 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, but getting to this point has been trying for county staff, commissioners and residents.

June 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vicious pets aren’t the only threat to animal control officers

Stepping over crushed beer and soda cans, animal control field supervisor Joey Robinson knocked on the front flap of a tent with his catch pole. He's been called to perform a welfare check on a dog, wagging his tail a few feet behind him, as no one emerges from the tent.

June 22, 2014 | By Nick Watson nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


June Jam features music, fun for a good cause

The 7th annual Mitch Farmer June Jam kicked off Saturday afternoon with something new - 15-year-old Barron King's animation dance routine to a couple of electronic dance mixes. The charity event's goals, however, are the same as when local realtor Farmer started it in 2007, with this year's profits going to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hall and Dawson counties. CASA provides legal advocates for child victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. When Farmer died in December 2009 from a congenital heart defect, his friends and family carried on the June concerts. "His legacy is carried ...

June 21, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


A big welcome for those in uniform

Being moved city to city as a military family is hard enough; being stationed in Gainesville is arguably harder. Without a military base for families to live on, many of these families find it hard to relate to civilian friends.

June 21, 2014 | By Alexandra Smith The Times | Local


Brenau Downtown Center doubles as public events site

Brenau's Downtown Center, formerly the Georgia Mountains Center, is keeping with the tradition of the building's prior use and opening its new facilities to the public.

June 21, 2014 | By Audrey Williams The Times | Local


Times takes 6 top AP awards including best website

The Times won six first-place awards, including Public Service and best website, in the Associated Press Media Editors annual contest.

June 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Swimmers go splashing for a world mark

Thirty-four local swimmers and three instructors went swimming Friday in Flowery Branch to try to set a Guinness World Record and promote swim safety.

June 21, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Gainesville man indicted in grandmother’s death

A Hall County grand jury has indicted a Gainesville man on charges of murder in the May death of his grandmother.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Pearl Harbor survivor Mack Abbott dies

Gainesville has lost one of its heroes.

June 21, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


GBI investigating jail sergeant accused of punching inmate

A Hall County jail sergeant fired Tuesday following accusations he punched an inmate in the stomach is now under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville woman charged with murder after stabbing

A Gainesville couple's argument led to murder charges Friday following a June 13 incident outside their West Avenue house.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Day care worker arrested after toddler burned

A day care worker has been arrested and an emergency order issued to close Discovering Basics in Clermont after a toddler was allegedly burned there.

June 21, 2014 | By Nick Watson nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


2 men arrested on meth trafficking charges

Two men have been arrested by the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and Sheriff's Deputies and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities seized 94 grams of the drug estimated to be worth $9,400.

June 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Destroyed home, lot donated to Habitat for Humanity

After a Jan. 16 fire consumed their home, James and Kristine Hunter are hoping to build a better future for a homeless veteran.

June 20, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Officials conclude tax input meetings

While comments on The Times website and Facebook page often reveal opposition to a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, residents at the last of three meetings Thursday in Gainesville to gather public input on what projects to fund said they supported the tax.

June 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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South Hall experiencing abnormally dry climate

Drought is creeping back into the region.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Crescent Drive set to reopen Aug. 5

Crescent Drive between White Sulphur Road and just north of Hall County Emergency Services is set to reopen Aug. 5.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Third lesson: Swimming second, safety first

The strong smell of chlorine in the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a welcoming one by my third lesson.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


North Hall power line replacement wraps up

Tucker-based Georgia Transmission has completed a $5.5 million project putting up 6.2 miles of new, updated power lines across North Hall County, including a small part of Lake Lanier.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones

Georgia's new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Employment outlook improves from previous year

Job hunting in Gainesville might be easier for some this summer, with May records showing a decrease in the unemployment from the previous year.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Thieves continue to target Dawson County churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


School board, Lanier Tech renew agreement

In a continued effort to give Dawson County students the best education possible, the Board of Education has renewed its contract with an area college.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weight-loss center workers face drug fraud charges

Two employees of a Cumming weight-loss center and a medical doctor affiliated with the office face charges in connection with a prescription drug fraud investigation.

July 10, 2014 | CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Chance of showers may break summer pattern

A chance of thunderstorms today in Northeast Georgia may break this summer's typical weather pattern.

July 10, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Gainesville woman sues Ga. GOP alleging discrimination

ATLANTA - A Gainesville woman who was fired from her job as executive assistant to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party has filed a federal lawsuit claiming race discrimination.

July 09, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Second lesson: Come on in, the water's fine

Still strong in my resolve to figure out the basics of swimming, I arrive at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center ready to get back in the water,

July 09, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

The state will not put Tommy Lee Waldrip to death today as scheduled.

July 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

July 09, 2014 | By Kevin Mcgill Associated Press | Local


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