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No joke; Wednesday is property tax filing deadline in Hall

Today is the deadline for property owners in unincorporated Hall County to file their tax returns, and that's no April Fool's Day joke.

April 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chestatee teacher plans to travel entire shoreline of Lake Lanier over several months

April 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fanfare over, new Braselton hospital gets to work

No bells and whistles, no band playing or special prizes as Lisa Baker waited Wednesday morning to become Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's first surgery patient.

April 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


State lawmakers pass $900M bill for road funding

Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




State lawmakers pass budget agreement

April 01, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville botanical garden a month from debut as its benefactor turns 104 today

Small vibrant purple flowers cascade down the hillside near a rocky stream.

April 01, 2015 | Savannah King | Local


Braselton facility conducts dress rehearsals before opening doors

A patient, complaining of dizziness and having difficulty breathing, requires an electrocardiogram and blood transfusion. As he receives the transfusion, the man goes into cardiac arrest, setting off a series of beeps and flashing lights in his room and outside in the hospital hallway - what is called a "Code Blue."

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Martin Academy teacher heads to Costa Rica for STEM study program

A Hall County teacher will spend her summer exploring rain forests in Costa Rica while preparing a thorough science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hospital food fresh, local and made from scratch

Imagine leisurely waking up after a good night's sleep. As the sun begins to pour through the window, you pick up an in-room menu and, with the click of a button, place an order for some scrambled eggs and bacon ... and add a blueberry muffin for good measure.

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Eyes on the Road: Road marker work to cause travel delays

Motorists can expect travel delays as the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces thousands of raised pavement markers scraped off state routes by snowplows during winter storms.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital aims to turn green status into gold

Through geothermal wells and other high technology, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton hopes its green efforts in building the 100-bed hospital will turn into gold.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Braselton leader incorporates love of outdoors into new facility’s blueprint

"Anxious. Nervous. Prepared."

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


DOT to flip switch on new traffic signal on Ga. 365

If testing goes well, a long-awaited traffic light on Ga. 365 at Ramsey Road is set to be operational by mid-morning Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘Rain tax’ is back on the table in Gainesville

Gainesville is once again considering the idea of a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure.

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Quinlan's Rembrandt is ‘a step into art history’

A day after her 104th birthday, Lessie Smithgall and her family on Thursday unveiled the largest gift in the Quinlan Visual Arts Center's history.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


2 people arrested in connection to Flowery Branch skeletal remains

Two people have been arrested in the investigation involving skeletal remains found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State money will go toward land for new Lanier Tech campus

Lanier Technical College will relocate its current Oakwood campus to another location in Hall County, school and state officials announced Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Bat protections could impact Glades Reservoir decision

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could add more delays to the proposed Glades Reservoir project.

April 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Sheriff’s office arrests 65 in warrant roundup

An operation to serve warrants for violent offenders led to more than 100 warrants being cleared.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Centennial Arts Academy celebrates reading bowl victory

Children waved signs, shouted chants and slapped the hands of their school's victors.

April 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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