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State officials, patients wait for federal ruling on marijuana

State lawmakers, local law enforcement and medical cannabis patients are anxiously waiting on a decision from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on whether to reschedule marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act, a move that could open the door to new research on the drug.

April 09, 2016 | | Local


New Chicopee trail section to open April 23 as part of Highlands to Islands Trail

A long-awaited new Gainesville walking and running trail has an official opening date.

April 08, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Armed robbery, assault case moves to Superior Court

A Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator said a woman's hand was severely cut while struggling with an armed robbery suspect.

April 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge dismisses excessive force case against Hall deputy

A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week in favor of Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy in a case alleging excessive force in a 2012 arrest.

April 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Investigator details alleged rape by man accused of impersonating officer

A Gainesville Police investigator told a Magistrate Court judge Friday of a rape suspect performing police-like procedures at a Gainesville motel.

April 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police release sketch of armed robbery suspect

Police are seeking the public's help identifying an armed robbery suspect who sent his victim to the hospital April 1 with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening.

April 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials identify body found Sunday in Lake Lanier as Winder teen

A woman whose body was pulled from Lake Lanier on Sunday has been identified as 18-year-old Estelle Kouassi of Winder.

April 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Mammoth subdivisions making serious comebacks post-recession

Large-scale developments that started in Hall County before the Great Recession are surging again.

April 08, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


New budget dates, priorities set for Gainesville as budget process begins

Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey said he now plans to present his 2017 fiscal year budget recommendations to the City Council on May 12.

April 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Humane Society says community support takes sting out of theft

When Julie Edwards, executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, heard there was a break-in at the shelter, her first concern was the animals.

April 08, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia student, a West Hall grad, is congressional intern

Yanet Velazquez has traveled from the corridors of West Hall High School to the corridors of the U.S. Capitol in three years.

April 07, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Indictment: Murder victim beaten with stool, DVD player

A Gainesville man was indicted last week and charged in the death of his live-in girlfriend.

April 07, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville stormwater fee — a.k.a. 'rain tax' — on indefinite hold

A proposed "rain tax" in Gainesville to fund stormwater infrastructure upgrades is on indefinite hold as city officials have no plans to revisit the issue until after budget negotiations wrap up in June.

April 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Storm slams Oakwood area overnight, knocks down trees, power poles

Yards and vacant lots appeared to be strewn with very large matchsticks after an intense storm Wednesday night in South Hall County. The storm damaged 53 houses, from a few missing shingles to mostly destroyed, said David Kimbrell, Hall County Emergency Management Agency director.

April 07, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Buy Local Braselton Day is Saturday

Saturday is the 100th day of 2016, the year when Braselton marks the centennial of its founding, so in celebration, Buy Local Braselton is hosting a special event.

April 07, 2016 | By LeAnne Akin lakin@clickthepaper.com | Local


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Hall County Fire Services lieutenant terminated following arrest

A Hall County Fire Services lieutenant was terminated following an arrest Wednesday, according to county officials.

April 28, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


DOT planning to make Union Church Road straighter, flatter, safer

Scenic but twisty, Union Church Road in South Hall is poised to get some safety improvements.

April 28, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Demorest woman injured in crash that killed 4 UGA students

A Demorest woman was injured in a Wednesday night crash that killed four University of Georgia students, according to Georgia State Patrol.

April 28, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Katt Williams arrested in Atlanta over thrown salt shaker

Police say they arrested comedian and actor Katt Williams just outside Atlanta after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager.

April 28, 2016 | Associated Press | Local


Hall population forecast to grow 64 percent overall, become 42 percent Hispanic by 2040

Hall County's population will grow by 64 percent to a little more than 328,000 by 2040, according to a forecast by the Atlanta ...

April 28, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Planned Buford Corn Maze expansion scaled back

Plans to expand the Buford Corn Maze have been scaled back from an original proposal.

April 28, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


GO VIDEO: Back in time in Sautee Nacoochee

Savannah King takes you to four historic places you can visit in Sautee Nacoochee. Which is your favorite?

April 28, 2016 | | Local


185-lot North Hall subdivision off Lake Lanier approved

A 185-lot subdivision off Buffington Farm Road in North Hall was approved Wednesday by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


More unemployed residents set to lose their food stamp benefits

Nearly 200 Hall County residents have lost their food stamp benefits since the beginning of the year after a work requirement was reinstated.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rape kits now being submitted to GBI regardless of investigation's status

Ahead of a bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday, some 160 rape kits have been sent by Gainesville and Hall County law enforcement ...

April 27, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Atlanta Street public housing residents struggle to find affordable homes with vouchers

The move from Atlanta Street is proving to be a mixed blessing for several single mothers.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health care fields most popular for Hall County Schools' Honors Mentorship Program

Health care and education made up nearly half of the presentations at Hall County Schools' Honors Mentorship Night on Wednesday. More than 60 students presented ...

April 27, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Abandoned North Forsyth subdivision saga coming to close with demolition

The demolition of a long-ago abandoned and unfinished subdivision in North Forsyth County could be completed soon, though some headaches will remain for county officials.

April 27, 2016 | By Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Gainesville City Schools cafeterias perfect on inspections

The cafeterias for Gainesville City Schools have received perfect scores on their annual health inspections for the first time in more than 10 years, the ...

April 27, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville High to join pilot program with Comcast, GPB

"Gainesville's TV station" could be the result of a pilot project that will involve audio and video technology students from Gainesville High School. That ...

April 27, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


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