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State police scrutinize jailer after scuffle leaves inmate with blackeye

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Clermont votes to stay alcohol-free

After more than a month of deliberation, Clermont's status as an alcohol-free town is intact.

July 02, 2014 | By Audrey Williams awilliams@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Locals reflect on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson declared "all men are created equal."

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Those injured in afternoon wreck expected to recover

One critically injured in a wreck Monday afternoon has been released from the hospital and another is expected to go home today.

July 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST VII revenue eyed to fund unfulfilled budget requests

Hall County's "wish list" of projects and equipment to fund through a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, keeps growing.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Supreme Court contraception decision not likely to have big area impact

Local employers and their insured employees are not likely to be affected by Monday's Supreme Court decision on contraception coverage because most employers already provide contraception and other preventive care under their existing insurance plans.

July 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville eyes tourism board appointments

The Gainesville City Council will approve board members for the new Convention and Visitors Bureau when it meets tonight.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gas prices hit 6-year high for Fourth of July weekend

Gas prices have crept up just in time for July Fourth festivities and travel, with prices the highest they've been since 2008.

July 01, 2014 | | Local


Flowery Branch home may go to family in need

The future of a downtown Flowery Branch home is in flux while city officials decide how to proceed.

July 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local




Woman charged with kidnapping grandchildren

A grandmother has been charged with kidnapping after Hall County Sheriff's officials say she took her three grandchildren Sunday.

July 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


5 people hurt, 2 seriously in afternoon crash

Five Georgians were injured - two seriously - in a wreck Monday afternoon on Candler Highway at Bolman Road.

June 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


5 killed, including 3 children, in Athens Highway wreck

A Gainesville man and woman along with three children were killed in a two-vehicle crash late Monday morning on Athens Highway at Oak Grove Road, according to Georgia State Patrol officials.

June 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local




Voter ID laws still a source of controversy

Have voter identification laws helped stamp out fraud and other polling irregularities, or were there never such problems to begin with?

June 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King's Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

July 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

July 21, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

July 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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