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Best friends set to compete on Wheel of Fortune

Twenty years ago, Breana Cagle and Bethany Lind became best friends when they attended the first grade at Oakwood Elementary School together.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fire burns island in middle of Lake Lanier

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said a fire burning on a 10-acre island in the middle of Lake Lanier was allowed to burn itself out.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Vandals continue to target Dawson churches

Vandals have targeted as many as six Dawson County churches in recent months, including two where several thousands of dollars of electrical equipment was taken.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Police find 2 pounds of meth during traffic stop on I-985

Two pounds of crystal methamphetamine police say is worth $32,000 was found last week in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 985, Gainesville police reported Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area job fairs aim to cut rising unemployment

Jobless figures in Northeast Georgia have been rising so far in 2014, but a pair of area job fairs could help reverse that trend.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Poultry group not worried about Ukrainian crisis

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine aren't particularly worrisome for the president of the Georgia-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

March 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 teens charged with illegal hunting, guns

Two teenagers from Forsyth County were arrested Sunday in connection with what authorities described as a case of illegal hunting.

March 26, 2014 | From regional staff reports | Local


Report: Hall among healthiest Georgia counties

Hall County is one of Georgia's healthiest counties, according to a report released today.

March 26, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Eyes on the Road: Road tax bill dies in legislature

A bill that would have allowed neighboring counties to propose a transportation sales tax to voters didn't survive the 2014 General Assembly.

March 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State school superintendent race draws 15 candidates

It's a nice gig for the person who can get it.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students face ethical decisions in real-life experiences

A plate of dropped food, possible copyright infringement and using a company discount for friends were all situations Hall County high school students faced Tuesday.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Weather conditions affect pollen’s potency

Most people usually welcome spring, with its pleasant temperatures, blooming florals, and sunny skies. But for those with allergies, it can cause a runny, itchy nose, irritated eyes, and constant sneezing.

March 26, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Lane of Clarks Bridge Road to be closed today

Flaggers will direct traffic across Clarks Bridge today as the northbound lane is closed for continuing work on a new bridge.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Rabid cat found near Gainesville schools

A rabies alert has been issued for the Rosewood Drive area in Gainesville after a rabid cat came in contact with a person.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Don Carter State Park plans to add kayak rentals, trails, campsites

Not yet open a year, the state-operated Don Carter State Park in North Hall County is planning to expand its recreational offerings and accommodations.

March 25, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gibbs signs on as new Dawson schools chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Tuition to rise for all students at state colleges

DAHLONEGA - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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