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Class Notes: UNG town hall meeting tonight in Oakwood

The University of North Georgia is continuing a series of town hall meetings for alumni and community members to weigh in on its strategic plan.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville unsure on water, sewer rate increase

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is proposing a 2.25 percent increase in the water rate for the 2015 fiscal year, and a 1.25 percent increase in the sewer rate.

March 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Experts: Put those iPads (and phones, and televisions, and computers) away

Nairika Cornett has always kept her children's exposure to technology to a minimum, but it was a hassle.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Funds lacking to improve Hall’s busiest roads

The wreck in her front yard, turning an elaborate birdhouse into a pile of lumber, helped confirm what Stephanie Scoggins already knew: Something needs to be done with Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Concert for a cause

The Disabled American Veterans' hosted its "Fulfilling Our Promises" concert Saturday night at the Carlos and Sandra Cervantes Theater at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. The concert featured a variety of music, including classical, country and gospel performed by 15 musicians of various ages and backgrounds. The event was a fundraiser for DAV Chapter 17, which depends on donations and volunteers to assist area veterans and their families. In addition, the chapter provides scholarships for children of veterans and transportation to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur.

March 29, 2014 | | Local


City council set to vote on historic marker for tornado site

Gainesville City Council appears poised to approve the placement of a long-awaited historical marker at the site of the former Cooper Pants Factory, which burned during the April 6, 1936, tornado that devastated much of the city.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau lauds past and future at gala

Brenau University celebrated its past with a black-tie-optional event Saturday night while sharing with guests big plans for the future.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New drug raises concerns locally

A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Health care law deadline looms

James Smith's family is struggling to make ends meet, so paying for any kind of health coverage - at this point - is tough.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students use their ears to play ball

Blindfolded students from West Hall, with their partners guiding them, searched for a rolling beep ball Friday morning during Disability Resource Center's annual Beep Ball event at Mulberry Creek Community Center.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Scant details offered on new Sheriff’s Office HQ alternatives

Before the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new Sheriff's Office headquarters, questions emerged about whether due diligence had been given to looking at the possibility of renovating existing buildings instead, perhaps at a lower cost.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rain postpones today’s downtown pet event

The Mutts on Main event scheduled for today has been postponed two weeks due to the rainy forecast.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Promgoers reminded to avoid alcohol, drugs

Tonight marks the official beginning of prom season, with two high schools unleashing their celebratory juniors and seniors on the roads.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspect convicted in 2012 home invasion shooting

A suspect in a Gainesville home invasion was convicted Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-Hall deputy charged with stealing county property

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with stealing county property and violating his oath as an officer.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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