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Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Foster care

The idea of privatizing foster care was batted about during the last session, but ultimately lawmakers passed on that endeavor.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Transportation

Paying for roads could be the biggest issue in 2015.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Education

Efforts last year to defeat Common Core in Georgia were unsuccessful, but legislators are likely to discuss concerns that still exist regarding the education standards.

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Budget

For every buzzword tossed about in recent years when talking about the economy, there is an equal and opposite epithet. And, sometimes, which is which depends on whom you're asking.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SnowWorld at Lanier Islands offers visitors wintery outdoor fun

Every morning around 9 a.m., the snow machines at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford start pumping to ensure that visitors don't miss out on a white wintertime.

January 11, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Local


Arrendale State Prison inmates go back to school

Within the first week of the new year, an inmate at the Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County earned her high school diploma while behind bars.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rain follows cold with showers on the way Sunday

The first work week of January brought bitter cold temperatures to North Georgia. The second week will bring rain.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Deal inauguration to be moved indoors at Capitol

Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration on Monday will be moved inside the Capitol building due to the threat of rain throughout the day.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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


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Gainesville man accused of rape at Hall campground

Investigator Scott Ginn testified Monday that a 60-year-old Gainesville man raped a 20-year-old woman with an intellectual disability.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vision 2030 group touts trails development

Area government leaders wanted a community group to step up and shepherd putting plans into action for a Hall County

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Poultry expo commands expanded trade show floor

ATLANTA - The International Production & Processing Expo opened this week to a greatly expanded trade show covering three halls of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

January 26, 2015 | By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times | Local


Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

January 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing Buford man's family raises reward to $50K

The family of a missing Buford man last seen three weeks ago is hoping a bump in the reward money will bring the needed information to find him.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death

The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building's front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Student arrested after drugs, knife found at East Hall High

A 17-year-old was found with drugs and a razor knife at East Hall High School on Friday, according to school officials.

January 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church ignites hope with new youth wing

January 25, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Hall County considering ‘magnet school’ distinction

Hall County Schools has all but ruled out becoming a charter system, but the Board of Education did weigh another option at its January meeting.

January 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it's only small relief for many of Hall County's homeless.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Average Joe' has voice in area transportation group

Government planners and engineers aren't the only ones putting road projects under a microscope.

January 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries could fall in North Georgia early Monday

After a sunny, pleasant Sunday, commuters in North Georgia might be battling snow by Monday morning.

January 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Centennial Arts Academy to help Dunwoody school after fire

After a fire suspiciously started in a Dunwoody kindergarten classroom, more than half the school was damaged by flame, smoke, water and soot.

January 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Business, new road part of several recent changes to Oakwood

Construction is well underway on the new Milton Martin Toyota dealership in Oakwood, one of several changes to the landscape in that part of the city.

January 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Play it safe: Don’t attract rabid animals

Feeding a beloved pet outside seems a common thing to do, but it could lead to a dangerous situation - an animal infected with rabies may venture into the yard.

January 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Local


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