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Sheriff Couch will seek re-election in Hall

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch will seek re-election this year.

January 15, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local




Norton discusses the future in 30th annual economic forecast

During Frank Norton Jr.'s annual Native Intelligence report Thursday night, the Gainesville real estate executive touched on a diverse range of topics. Among the issues, he discussed the lack of affordable housing, urged residents to embrace the area's diversity and criticized what he described as over-regulation by local government.

January 14, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall County OKs new development, gets support from Gainesville for Tumbling Creek bridge

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning Thursday needed for the construction of 99 homes off Cool Springs and Chestatee roads in northwest Hall.

January 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Civil rights leader's appearance at Brenau postponed

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, one of the most significant individuals from the American civil rights movement, had planned to speak Wednesday at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium. But winter weather has postponed the event. A makeup date has not yet been set.

January 14, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Ask The Times: When will McEver Road, bridges in Hall be fixed?

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 a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

January 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Jury deliberates Hall child cruelty case involving burned toddler

A child cruelty case involving a day care worker accused of scalding a 16-month-old boy in June 2014 is now in the hands of a Hall County jury.

January 14, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 people hurt in Thompson Bridge Road wreck

Two women were injured in a a three-vehicle accident that closed southbound lanes of Thompson Bridge Road just north of the Green Street split Thursday night around 6 p.m.

January 14, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Jeff Stowe seeking re-election to county commission

Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe will seek another four-year term representing District 4, which includes more than 80 percent of Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man found guilty of attempted rape, sentenced to 50 years in prison

For what Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller considered a crime causing a "lifetime of damage," the sentence from the bench for Brandon Scott Nix totalled 50 years in prison.

January 14, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville joins Hall in supporting public art project

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is hoping to expand the influence of paintings, sculptures, digital designs and other art projects throughout Hall County, and they now have a supporter in Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jury begins deliberating verdict in case of kidnapped jogger

The jury will take the case today of a Gainesville man accused of grabbing a jogger in East Hall County and sexually assaulting her.

January 14, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


2 charged with making false statements in connection with fake hostage report

Authorities responding to a report of a possible hostage situation in downtown Dawsonville last week took two men into custody in connection with making false statements.

January 13, 2016 | By Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


3 Gainesville men charged in alleged prison drug trafficking

Three Gainesville men are among 17 people charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring that operated inside the walls of multiple Georgia prisons with the use of contraband cellphones around June 2014.

January 13, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall School District aiming to improve central office security

Security is a top priority for local schools, but the Hall County School District also wants to improve the security of its central office.

January 13, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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2 Injured Hall firefighters ‘disappointed,’ ‘saddened’ by county’s decision to end their employment

Two of the three Hall County firefighters injured in a July 2014 training incident called their separation from the county disappointing, one saying he was ...

February 06, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Scoring change helps more adults secure GEDs

Henry Moore of Gillsville will get his GED in early March after a change in the scoring of the test gave him a passing grade.

February 05, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


VA schedules workshops in Toccoa, Cornelia

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will hold counseling workshops for veterans at Georgia Department of Labor career centers in Stephens and Habersham counties ...

February 05, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Crews put out home fire in East Hall

Hall County firefighters put out a residential fire Friday in the 2800 block of Gillsville Highway in East Hall County.

February 05, 2016 | | Local


Dentists, students take day to treat children in need of dental care

"It gets kind of crazy," David Byers, head of the dental hygiene program at Lanier Technical College, said Friday morning as about 100 volunteers provided ...

February 05, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Go Red event highlights women’s heart health

True to its name, the inaugural Go Red for Women gathering at First Baptist Gainesville brought out hundreds of women - and a handful of men ...

February 05, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Union County hospital CEO, 5 others arrested in prescription drug sting

The CEO of Blairsville's Union General Hospital is one of six suspects accused of being involved with fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers.

February 05, 2016 | From Times staff, Associated Press reports | Local


Council to explore traffic solutions for Sterling on the Lake area

Tuesday's two-hour public hearing gave the Flowery Branch City Council plenty of insight into the safety and traffic concerns of residents of Sterling on ...

February 05, 2016 | LeAnne Akin | Local


More than 500 express interest in Hall's Early College program

Plans for Hall County's Early College @ Jones are moving quickly. More than 530 high school students expressed an interest in the program, and formal ...

February 04, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Wrenched Bicycles moves to larger, more visible location

The old Wrenched Bicycles shop was tucked into a small, quaint building on Bradford Street, just off the downtown square.

February 04, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch hosts annual Black History Month program

Speakers encouraged students to be a part of the change they hope to see in a Black History Month program Thursday at Flowery Branch High.

February 04, 2016 | BY AMY MCDONALD amcdonald@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

February 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Firefighter trio injured in ladder truck incident no longer employed with Hall County

All three Hall County firefighters injured in a July 2014 training incident are no longer employed with Hall County, according to officials.

February 04, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Buy Local Expo showcases more than 60 local businesses

Officials with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce said Thursday's Buy Local Safe & Green Expo went well, bringing in more than 300 at the ...

February 04, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Oakwood-based Wayne Farms laying off 500 at Mississippi plant

LAUREL, Miss. - An Oakwood-based poultry company says its Laurel, Miss., plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end ...

February 04, 2016 | Associated Press | Local


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