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New Wendy’s coming to Oakwood

A new Wendy's restaurant is planned off Mundy Mill Road in front of Sam's Club and Wal-Mart in Oakwood and across from the University of North Georgia.

November 09, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Graduation rates increase at most local schools

A higher rate of local students finished high school and earned their diplomas this year than last, according to numbers released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education.

November 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Slideshow: 19th annual Vineyard Fest comes to Chateau Elan

Wind, rain nor cold could keep wine lovers away from Chateau Elan's 19th annual Vineyard Fest Sunday in Braselton. Though few braved the weather to stomp grapes, guests were packed liked sardines in the wine tasting room where samples were endless. Outside under a large tent, live jazz music by the League of Decency filled the chilly air as festivalgoers warmed themselves with samples of whiskey, cider and beer, as well as gourmet regional foods. The annual event drew vendors from as far as California to showcase their goods.

November 08, 2015 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Local

Veterans Day events set for Wednesday

If you're looking to honor those who served their country, you've got some options this Wednesday as local groups come together to show veterans support.

November 08, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Attorney denies impairment during murder trial

A Gainesville man seeking a new trial on a murder conviction claimed his attorney was impaired by alcohol or other substances during the trial, according to court filings.

November 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Public defenders tackle Habitat for Humanity home

As Megan Ballard settled into her new job at the Hall County Public Defenders Office in March, she felt work on a Habitat for Humanity house was an ideal way to honor her late grandfather's wishes.

November 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall students may get night classes

Not every 17-year-old can afford to sit in a classroom from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

November 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Georgia education officials tackle college attainment gap

This fall, thousands of young Georgians had to give up on a dream.

November 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Gainesville City Council runoff to test finalists’ outreach efforts

Will local Latinos decide the election? Will turnout keep pace? What role will current officials play?

November 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Younger veterans discuss war experience, transition to home life

Aaron McKeithan joined the Marine Corps basically on a whim, but he later learned in a very poignant way why his military service matters.

November 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Recovering drug users, ailing dogs form bonds of need at Agora House

Strip away the size difference, hair color and the fact that Taco has two more legs than Nick, and the result is a pair supporting each other to get better.

November 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Agritourism businesses push on despite soggy fall season

It's been a tough season for agritourism, but Jaemor Farms owner Drew Echols says there's not much to be done.

November 08, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Newsmakers in business, Nov. 8

Associated Credit Union opens Oakwood branch

November 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

HemlockFest offers fun, music, but with focus on saving endangered hemlocks

The sounds of mud and water squishing and children's laughter mixed with soulful tunes pouring from the music stage Saturday at the 11th annual HemlockFest at Starbridge Sanctuary in Murrayville near Dahlonega.

November 07, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

Gloomy weekend drags on, but sun returns Tuesday

Dry weather is on the way - but we're going to have to endure a couple more soggy days first.

November 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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Hall County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scammers posing as IRS agents

Hostile calls coming from the Internal Revenue Service are likely a scam that has resurfaced again in Hall County, according to authorities.

November 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Stand Down event at St. John's offers items to those in need

A Stand Down for homeless, veterans and others in need is set for Dec. 5 at St. John's Baptist Church in Gainesville.

November 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Teen charged with taking car, cellphone at gunpoint on Aug. 16

A 16-year-old accused of hijacking a car with a handgun was indicted last week in Hall County.

November 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

New app makes Hall library ebooks easier for all

Checking out library books online should be easier than going to the library itself.

November 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Cleanup under the bridge fosters fellowship among volunteers, homeless

Standing atop a pile of ruined, waterlogged mattresses stuffed into a big dumpster gave Hines a new perspective on the devastation that recently visited the ...

November 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Love Light tree lightings set for both campuses of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

In its 36th year of lighting a tree in honor of those served by its hospice, Northeast Georgia Medical Center will host two Love Light ...

November 27, 2015 | By LeAnne Akin | Local

Metro Gainesville unemployment rate stays at 4.7 percent

Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate for October was 4.7 percent, which was unchanged from September, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Retailers relish profit-making sales on Black Friday

Perhaps it was the long operating hours and crazed early-morning shoppers that prompted REI, the venerable outdoor retailer, to close all its stores today in ...

November 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Motor vehicle renewal notices won't have billing info in December

If your birthday is in December, you may need to take note of a statewide change.

November 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Hall Sheriff’s Office seeks grant for night vision equipment

Night vision equipment, flashlights and first aid kits - these are a few things the Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking to renew or purchase ...

November 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Thrift stores offer holiday deals for savvy shoppers, low-income families

Sandy Phelps has a tradition all her own this holiday season, and it was on full display at Park Avenue Thrift in Gainesville this week.

November 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Ask The Times: What are protocols for officers in unmarked vehicles?

If you've been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Thanksgiving brings out volunteers to distribute meals

It was a day of giving, of service and of fellowship.

November 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Police presence ramps up ahead of Black Friday shopping

In and around stores, law enforcement will have a heavier presence ahead of the Black Friday shopping weekend.

November 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

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