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Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts

An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don't get lost in the legal system.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2015 Gainesville police budget likely on par with 2014

The Gainesville Police Department has a current budget of about $8.6 million, and Chief Brian Kelly said he expected funding to be similar in the 2015 fiscal year.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners vote down energy contracts

After months of inquiry and weeks of controversial debate, the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted down two proposed energy-efficiency contracts with Siemens and Pepco Energy Services.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic venue names Gainesville native as manager

Morgan House has been named the new manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, with the purpose of restoring the facility and attracting visitors to the area.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces more counts of identity theft, credit card fraud

A Gainesville man said his daughter-in-law stole thousands of dollars from him and his wife after helping prepare their taxes.

March 27, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall’s population shows growth

Hall County's population grew about 4.5 percent from 2010 to July 2013, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plan to cut energy use up for vote by Hall commissioners

The road to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners' vote on whether to contract with Siemens and Pepco for multimillion-dollar, energy-efficiency projects has been fraught with shifting financial estimates, unknowns about future utility costs and concerns the technology might soon be out of date.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stepping into good health

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

March 26, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Badge and Bar: Cocaine trafficking charges dropped

Charges were dropped against a Norcross man accused of trafficking cocaine, while the Duluth man he was in the car with pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Best friends set to compete on Wheel of Fortune

Twenty years ago, Breana Cagle and Bethany Lind became best friends when they attended the first grade at Oakwood Elementary School together.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fire burns island in middle of Lake Lanier

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said a fire burning on a 10-acre island in the middle of Lake Lanier was allowed to burn itself out.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Vandals continue to target Dawson churches

Vandals have targeted as many as six Dawson County churches in recent months, including two where several thousands of dollars of electrical equipment was taken.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Police find 2 pounds of meth during traffic stop on I-985

Two pounds of crystal methamphetamine police say is worth $32,000 was found last week in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 985, Gainesville police reported Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area job fairs aim to cut rising unemployment

Jobless figures in Northeast Georgia have been rising so far in 2014, but a pair of area job fairs could help reverse that trend.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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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


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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