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The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

June 22, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

June 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn't hurt business.

June 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

June 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Teacher interns at UGA genetics lab this summer

Laurie Brown, a science teacher at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, is spending her summer in someone else's science lab.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Another historic Lula building gets face-lift

Downtown Lula is getting another makeover, thanks in large part to an Atlanta native who has become endeared by the northeast Hall County city's past.

June 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ministry helps at-risk teens

Like many kids her age, Carmela Villalobos wanted to do things her way or not at all.

June 21, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Teens learn about poverty, hunger during summer program

Two teenagers walked out of a home in Tower Heights Apartments and wiped tears from their eyes.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hoschton woman’s death included in HBO documentary

A Hoschton woman found dead inside her home will be included in an HBO documentary on gun deaths airing Monday night.

June 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Business leader Gus Whalen dies

Whether it was on the playground in sixth grade, at a barber shop or in the business community, Gus Whalen had a way of making an impression.

June 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Georgia State Championship races through Lula

Competitive bicyclists descended on Lula Saturday for The Georgia State Championship Road Race.

June 20, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


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Officials: No major fireworks incidents this July 4

Fire exploded in the sky for hours Saturday night into Sunday morning, but Hall County residents stayed safe beneath the celebratory fireworks.

July 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Company's new Buford home has charm, grace and history

A pair of brass lions lounge at the main entrance of the Bona Allen Mansion.

July 05, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Times staffers put themselves to test

In the kiln of the Georgia summer heat, Sgt. Greg Cochran tried to take my doughy physique and make it into something.

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Deputies soon must run, punch, pull to prove they can perform job well

"Get this guy off of you," Sgt. Greg Cochran repeated while positioned behind a punching bag. "He's trying to hurt you."

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Agent Orange victims: ‘50 years later, we’re still battling’

The hum of aircraft overhead signaled to American fighters on the ground that another herbicide spraying was on its way.

July 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Property tax: Will you pay more or less?

Few things are as continually contentious in Hall County as reassessments on property values. The issue flared up again last month as the Board of Commissioners debated a budget for the 2016 fiscal year and a possible tax increase.

July 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes Fourth with parades, pyrotechnics

How to celebrate American Independence?

July 04, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Now legal, fireworks sales go off big in Gainesville

Jason Sillay couldn't keep fireworks on the shelves Saturday.

July 04, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Kindergartener Addi Bales is home and cancer-free

After 32 chemo infusions, 18 blood transfusions, seven tube placements and four surgeries, during a total four months of in-hospital stay, 6-year-old Addi Bales is home and cancer-free.

July 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gift puts Brenau ‘over the top’ in equipping labs

With four generations of Clevelands seated in the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, Brenau President Ed Schrader thanked the family for its continued support Friday in funding the physical therapy school.

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Ask The Times: Texts to 911 not available in Hall County

Can you send a text or picture to the Hall County 911 Emergency Communication Center? How about other 911 Emergency Communication Centers across the country, maybe in bigger cities?

July 03, 2015 | | Local


Patriotism braves the storm at annual concert

A day of rain wasn't enough to stop visitors from enjoying the sounds of freedom Friday night as the Northwinds Symphonic Band's annual Patriotic Pops concert.

July 03, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Area Iraq veteran struggles to get VA appointment

Chris Dorsey likes woodworking. He loses himself in the familiar motions of shaving, carving and sanding along the grain. The fresh-cut wood is intoxicating. The scent steadies his mind.

July 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Pizza shop workers get help with car damage

Mellow Mushroom on Green Street in Gainesville held a fundraiser Friday for its employees whose vehicles were damaged last weekend by an oak tree that fell in the parking lot.

July 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Storms could fizzle the sizzle this holiday

For those looking to celebrate the Fourth of July outdoors: bring an umbrella.

July 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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