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State tourism officials seek to spotlight movie industry’s presence in 2017

Gainesville and Hall County are positioned to reap benefits from a $7 billion film industry that state officials are promoting this year in a new travel guide and tourism promotion unveiled last week. And there could be opportunities for local residents to get in on the action and drama.

January 29, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Islands hotel study could be done by mid-March

A study of a possible second hotel at Lanier Islands resort in South Hall is halfway done, with eagerly awaited results expected in mid-March.

January 29, 2017 | Jeff Gill | Local


Doctor to open dog-friendly clinic in Gainesville

Among physicians, you could say that Dr. Ronald Perry is a rare breed - almost as unusual as his 11-year-old field spaniel, Ruckus.

January 29, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


Gainesville man relieved to be free of charges, still faces hurdles

As the 12 jurors turned and shuffled into the deliberation room, Miguel Angel Robles-Fernandez was nervous. The Gainesville man had been watched by a dozen of his Hall County peers as they listened to hours of testimony.

January 29, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools put renewed focus on teaching personal finance

Eighth-graders in Janet Roland's business and computer science class at Gainesville Middle School got a dose of what so many Americans appear to have a tough time doing - putting together a budget and sticking to it.

January 29, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


Hall Area Transit seeks better ways to roll, expand service

Getting on and off buses at the Gainesville Connection Transfer Center Thursday morning, riders had different views of the future they'd like to see for the fixed-route bus service.

January 29, 2017 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries possible in mountains Sunday night

Rain moving into the area Sunday could turn to snow flurries in the North Georgia mountains by Sunday night.

January 28, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County authorities warn of utility scam

Law enforcement and Jackson EMC are warning of new utility scams affecting Hall County residents.

January 28, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County looks elsewhere for new park in Gainesville

A park and community center planned in the area of the Harrison Square public housing complex and Morningside Heights neighborhood in Gainesville has been scrapped after costs for developing the property escalated beyond initial estimates.

January 28, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


WomenSource event gives girls tips, advice on how to avoid being a victim of bullies

A young person is liable to face bullying by the time you finish reading this story.

January 28, 2017 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Salary hikes likely to grow state budget

For conservatives who prefer smaller government, Gov. Nathan Deal's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year may take some getting used to.

January 28, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools rated good on ‘climate,’ finances

Schools in Gainesville and Hall County are offering their students a safe and inviting environment that's conducive to learning, according to a rating of "climate" standards released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.

January 28, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


Hall deputy, wife receive community support, gifts after fire

As a deputy of 17 years, Wes Pitzer said he's used to "being the one that helps people."

January 27, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


$3.5 million gift boosts regional Junior Achievement center

North Georgia philanthropist and businessman Mike Cottrell admits he's always had a soft spot for Junior Achievement since the days of his youth in Pennsylvania.

January 27, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


Hey Boston beer, take a hike: Gainesville store pulls Sam Adams from shelves until after Super Bowl

There's a hole in Viral Chhadua's beer display in the back coolers of the Gainesville Exxon on Browns Bridge Road.

January 27, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in stabbing trial

Days into a murder trial, a Gainesville man decided to make a guilty plea for a fatal January 2016 stabbing.

February 15, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Marble from China part of garden coming to Braselton hospital

If you've ever been to the hospital or the emergency room, you know how important it is to take a moment to step out ...

February 15, 2017 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Brady for a day: Flowery Branch mayor to wear Patriots’ jersey Thursday

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller has not lost any sleep thinking about the friendly Super Bowl wager that slipped away along with the Atlanta Falcons ...

February 15, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


5-ton marble elephant to grace City Park Stadium

A permanent guest is coming Thursday to City Park Stadium - home of the Gainesville Red Elephants' football, soccer and lacrosse teams.

February 15, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


Martin Road residents ask for widening project to be axed

Martin Road residents formally asked Hall County area transportation planners Wednesday to ditch a highly contested plan to widen the South Hall road.

February 15, 2017 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man gets life sentence for convenience store armed robbery

A Gainesville man received a life prison sentence after pleading guilty to taking nearly $10,000 and firing his gun three times in a Gainesville ...

February 15, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


New Flowery Branch building housing pizzeria, beer shop gets final OK

A new downtown Flowery Branch building that will house a pizzeria and a craft beer business could open by late spring or early summer.

February 15, 2017 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school officials: New budget includes raises, no program cuts

Gainesville and Hall County school officials have put in place timelines for approving their 2017-18 budgets.

February 15, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


State education funding under the microscope

A nonprofit organization that tracks Georgia spending and policies by state leaders is warning school districts to prepare to "face growing financial pressures."

February 15, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


UNG student finds stability with service dog by her side

The thing that saved Taylor Fleming from herself is covered in fur, walks on four legs and goes by the name of Ryder.

February 15, 2017 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Local schools promote foreign language program

Hall County school officials approved spending up to $5,000 in needs and merit scholarships to help students who qualify for the Federal Service Language ...

February 15, 2017 | Carlos Galarza | Local


‘Shank’ text message opens Gainesville murder trial

The defendant in a murder trial sent a text message saying he would "shank" the victim if he entered a Gainesville apartment, according to testimony ...

February 15, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


UNG student serves as intern for House speaker

Matthew Herrera, a political science major at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, is serving as an intern for Georgia House Speaker David ...

February 14, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


Hockaday named GOAL winner for Lanier Tech

Lauren Hockaday, a firefighter/EMSP student at Lanier Technical College from White County, was named the college's winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of ...

February 14, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


State Route 11/U.S. 129 widening project to require lane closures

Upcoming construction will affect drivers traveling on State Route 11/U.S. 129 through Hall and Jackson counties.

February 14, 2017 | | Local


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