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Bill would allow sale of national forest land

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has introduced a bill that would allow the sale of 3,841 "underused" acres in the Gainesville-based Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Russian adoption ban entangles North Georgia families

The last time the Romano family saw its potential adoptive son Yura, it was in an orphanage in the St. Petersburg area of Russia.

February 08, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Man charged in Craigslist plot to drug, harm wife

A Gainesville man is accused of trying to buy a date rape drug through Craigslist as part of a sexual assault scheme targeting his wife.

February 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia DOT chief’s post becomes a hot seat

As Russell McMurry of Hall County was getting sworn in Jan. 20 as Georgia Department of Transportation's new planning director, the revolving door that is that department's top job swung again.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Distractions, demands echo through legislature in session at the state Capitol

ATLANTA - The steps to the entrance of the state Capitol in Atlanta aren't quite as inspiring as those Rocky triumphantly ascends, arms raised when he reaches the top, ready for the fight of his life. But they do stir a sense of anticipation about what could be.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


When student conduct crosses the line, schools respond

Last week, a threatening message written on a Gainesville High School bathroom wall led to a search of the school and heightened security the next day.

February 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Event at Brenau University focuses on dementia

A special weekend program at Brenau University's School of Occupational Therapy sought to address challenges faced by caregivers dealing with individuals suffering from dementia. The Gerontology Conference and Dementia Care Workshop at the Brenau University Downtown Center drew more than 250 Brenau faculty and students Saturday from occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and gerontology programs, as well as caregivers, family members of dementia patients, assisted living facility workers and community members.

February 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'German Mardi Gras’ Fasching parades through Helen, then down Chattahoochee

HELEN - Sunny skies and bright costumes lit up North Georgia's Bavarian village Saturday for Fasching, the German celebration of Mardi Gras.

February 07, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


2 inmates earn GEDs at Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center

Two juvenile offenders have passed the test to earn their GEDs in the program's first year at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

February 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch man arrested on drug charges

A Flowery Branch man has been charged after law enforcement agents discovered methamphetamine, firearms and other materials in his home.

February 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Ex-Hall County jailer files suit against sheriff’s office, claims discrimination

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy has filed an employment discrimination complaint against the agency and Sheriff Gerald Couch, claiming he faced discrimination due to his race.

February 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Volunteer crews work to remove abandoned houseboat from Lake Lanier shoreline

Efforts to clean up Lake Lanier began Friday with work to remove one of the many abandoned houseboats found along the shoreline.

February 07, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Meth lab found in Dawson County; 4 people arrested

Four suspects are in custody after drug agents raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

February 06, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville recycling customers asked to not place food in bins

Gainesville officials are asking recycling customers to not put food or plastic bags in the recycling bins.

February 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Johnson High School students raise funds for well in Sierra Leone

Thanks to small sacrifices made by Johnson High School students, 275 people in Sierra Leone have more access to drinking water.

February 06, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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Rape case committal hearing continued to March

A case involving a 16-year-old accused of rape was continued to a later date.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lone tennis court repair bid for Deaton Creek fails to satisfy

Spring may arrive without fixes to a troubled tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood in Hoschton.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspect’s ex-wife, Flowery Branch man killed in Clarkesville shooting

A former deputy shot and killed his ex-wife and wounded the Habersham County sheriff and a deputy in an ambush Sunday night at a Clarkesville home, authorities said.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Hall jailer arraigned on bribery, smuggling charges

A Hall County jailer has been arraigned on federal charges that he accepted bribes and smuggled contraband into the jail.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Forecast calls for wintry mix tonight

A winter weather advisory for much of North Georgia calls for a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight, though less than an inch of snow in the Gainesville area.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST money would help N. Hall cities mainly with parks and infrastructure

The money isn't huge, especially spread over five years, and would be used mainly for routine projects, but it's vital nonetheless, said government officials in the cities of North Hall County.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: State board says yes to traditional math options

Georgia public schools can now teach the math most people know best.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Marco’s Pizza opening on Thompson Bridge Road this week

The fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. will soon be open in Gainesville.

February 22, 2015 | Caroline Watts The Times | Local


Habersham sheriff, deputy wounded in shooting

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and a deputy were shot and wounded Sunday in Clarkesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

February 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville woman delivers baby during ice storm

Alexa entered the world last week while most of Hall County was in the dark.

February 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to discuss making up snow days

Last week's winter storms meant happy students and possibly less happy parents.

February 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss lingering issues today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


3 people escape East Hall fire unharmed

Three people escaped uninjured from an early Sunday house fire in East Hall.

February 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Area high schools excel in AP courses

Some of the most advanced students in the state are from Hall County and Gainesville schools.

February 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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