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Hall commission aims for $1.5 million budget for courthouse annex renovations

Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum said he and the other commissioners are trying to walk the difficult line of ensuring security while keeping prices down.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Council expecting update on stormwater program Thursday

Gainesville officials are pushing forward with a plan to create a stormwater utility and implement a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure. They will receive an update and recommendations about how to proceed at a work session Thursday morning.

July 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Inmate says he discussed assault with suspect on trial this week

A Superior Court jury will wait until Wednesday to hear the case of an alleged aggravated assault while an inmate is transferred to appear.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia takes a bite out of Hollywood

Georgia's not yet Hollywood, but the state's tax incentives have charmed a number of big-budget movie productions to relocate from the West Coast to the New South in recent years.

July 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Man fired 2 shots during road rage incident

A Gillsville man is accused of driving aggressively and eventually shooting at another driver on Harmony Church Road, Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch voters choose new council member today

It's been a little more than two months since candidates were announced for the Post 5 seat on the Flowery Branch City Council, and the fatigue is setting in for the remaining two.

July 13, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Restoration work starts on Lula caboose

It had become Lula's faded red caboose.

July 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




Family, friends remember slain 911 employee at vigil

CUMMING - The four cousins hugged, wiped away tears and scribbled messages on the canvas sheet draped between two goalposts.

July 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: UNG extends admissions deadline for fall 2015

Students who wish to attend the University of North Georgia's Gainesville or Cumming campuses this fall still have time to apply.

July 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Proposal would ban driver’s licenses for some young immigrants

Like many young adults, Diana Paola Vela-Martinez's life blossomed when she received her driver's license. The world truly opened up to her then.

July 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Improvements could transform historic site into community park

From a street named after a civil rights icon, passing motorists now can see the stately remains of a restored hotel once owned by a top Confederate general.

July 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former Habersham clerk claims wrongful termination after lawsuit

A former deputy clerk of finance in the Habersham County Magistrate Court claims she was wrongly terminated after a lawsuit against the Habersham County Board of Commissioners regarding unapproved airport authority actions, her attorney Julius Hulsey said.

July 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Quinlan sculpture garden opens today

Eight statues sun themselves in a grassy courtyard next to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

July 12, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Small-town edge helps Gainesville investment firm make elite list

Inside the conference room of his Gainesville office, Bob Willis is snapping his fingers.

July 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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Articles by Section - Local


Gainesville teens stress how ‘lives matter’ at justice form

Teenagers of Generation Inspiration came together Saturday morning at the Beulah Rucker Museum to ask Gainesville's government and law enforcement officials some tough questions ...

July 25, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Local


Military recruiters try to rein in armed supporters

Armed residents have taken to guarding military recruitment centers across the nation, including in Gainesville, after a deadly attack on Marines at a recruiting office ...

July 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Will Crain to compete in World Special Olympics next week in LA

"Mama! Mama! How was that?"

July 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs expand their reach

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County offer kids a safe, structured place to go after school. But some kids have trouble getting there.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A fresh start for 16 lives: Drug Court graduates largest class in 14 years

Looking out over the front pews with 16 Drug Court graduates, Superior Court Judge Jason Deal congratulated the group for passing the arduous program akin ...

July 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Motor home ‘just wouldn’t stop,’ sinks in Lake Lanier

Gray leather couches were scattered around the interior of a customized motor home as water poured out every nook and cranny.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid raccoon found in northwest Hall County

A raccoon in the Cool Springs Road area of northwest Hall County had rabies, the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed Friday.

July 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New-look Wendy’s coming to Braselton

A new Wendy's is coming to Braselton as part of the company's "brand transformation."

July 23, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Summer program makes 'overwhelming' change in kids

The skating rink will skin your knees.

July 23, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Gainesville couple recognized for efforts against road rage

On a crisp autumn day in 2013, Donna Gerrish's daughter, Chelsea, walked mom through her new home. It was one of the last times ...

July 23, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Heavy road work, start of school about to mix in South Hall

Just as the new school year cranks up in August, workers will be pushing to complete the 8-mile Ga. 347/Friendship Road widening in South ...

July 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawson deputy injured by irate bank customer

July 23, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


A.J. Johnson gets separate trial from ex-Vols teammate Williams

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Tennessee and Gainesville High standout linebacker A.J. Johnson will be tried separately from ex-Volunteers teammate Michael Williams as both men face ...

July 23, 2015 | From wire, staff reports | Local


‘Armed and dangerous’ man arrested in robbery case

After an extensive manhunt, area authorities have captured a Buford man they called "armed and dangerous" after they tried to pull him over last week ...

July 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Four arrested after authorities find AK47-style rifle, $11,000 worth of meth

Agents seized more than $11,000 in meth and arrested four local residents this week as part of a drug investigation that also netted Alprazolam ...

July 23, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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