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Ga. Democrats to focus on economy, health care, civil rights

Georgia Democrats have put the economy, health care and civil rights at the top of their legislative agenda for 2015 as they try to make inroads with state voters for future elections.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Deal aims to cement legacy in second term

While Gov. Nathan Deal has not yet revealed specific plans for his second term - those details will come this week during several speeches he is prepared to deliver, including Monday's inaugural and Wednesday's the State of the State address - the broad aspects of his agenda become clear in his last go-round as Georgia's chief executive, and likely his last hurrah in politics.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire destroys home of Dawson County sheriff

January 10, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville police investigate death at hotel

Gainesville Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide Saturday at the Sun Suites Hotel on Jesse Jewell Parkway.

January 10, 2015 | By Nick Watson and Chelsey Abercrombie news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fire damages mobile home in Hall County; no injuries reported

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Fire victim died of smoke inhalation in Forsyth County

January 10, 2015 | Kayla Robbins Forsyth County News | Local


Governor Deal unveils outline to aid child welfare

ATLANTA - Retaining caseworkers, managing workloads and improving communication between agencies dominated much of the discussion in the unveiling of the Child Welfare Reform Council's recommendations.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


School standards, higher education top 2015 challenges

High school standards and expectations after high school are among the top education issues Georgians can expect to see addressed by state leaders in 2015.

January 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fire damages Hall County mobile home; no one hurt

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'Jesus Loves You’ robbery suspect believed to have gang ties

Oakwood police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 3 robbery by sudden snatching at Wal-Mart, with the suspect allegedly entering the store with a "Jesus Loves You" T-shirt.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia political, agricultural leaders celebrate poultry lab opening

The cold weather Friday morning could not chill the warm spirits of those attending the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

January 09, 2015 | By David Strickland Poultry Times | Local


Community raises $4K to send Down syndrome adult to horse show

David Ruckstaetter will saddle up next month on his way to Mississippi, just as they do in the cowboy Westerns he used to watch with his grandfather.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula reviews water fees after complaints

The Lula City Council will consider scrapping an administrative fee on some water accounts, in addition to other policy changes regarding its enterprise funds, after residents recently raised concerns.

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal to unveil plan to address Georgia’s foster care crisis

Gov. Nathan Deal today will discuss the final recommendations of the Child Welfare Reform Council, which could possibly include more public-private partnerships with state agencies.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Schrader reflects on 10 years as president of growing Brenau University

January 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

January 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Green Alliance keeps it green with annual awards

The day was gray and gloomy, but a group of dedicated community members and volunteers have proven that Hall County is nothing but green.

January 23, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


No one hurt in small fire at Church's restaurant

Gainesville fire crews quickly put out a fire Friday night at the Church's Chicken on E.E. Butler Parkway.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Police looking for man missing since June

Gainesville Police are looking for a man who has been missing since June 7 after a fight in the Skelton Road area.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vehicular homicide charges filed in councilwoman’s death

The Gainesville man charged for driving under the influence in a crash that later killed a Lula councilwoman now has been charged with vehicular homicide.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rabid skunk found in Lula; 2nd animal to test positive this month

A skunk has been tested positive for rabies following contact with two dogs in the Grove Street area of Lula.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former jailer claims religious off-duty activities led to firing

A former Hall County Jail employee claims a religious Facebook page he ran called Revival 172 and related materials led to the end of his employment Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold rain could turn to snow in mountain areas overnight

A late January snowstorm such as the one that paralyzed North Georgia almost a year ago isn't in the forecast, but some areas could see a bit of a wintry mix late tonight.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


East Hall Middle needs community votes for $200,000 contest

The school entered the Follett Challenge, a program that rewards schools for their efforts to use creativity and technology in the classroom.

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.

January 22, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville discuss training, community concerns

Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

January 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


East Hall High symphony to perform for state educators

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man suffers moderate burns in East Hall County house fire

A man suffered "moderate burn injuries" and was flown to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta after a house fire Thursday in East Hall County, a fire official said.

January 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County commissioners change policy to open work to retirees

Hall County officials have made a policy change that will allow some retirees to continue working part time while also collecting pensions.

January 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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