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Whelchel Smith joins a crowded field in Ward 3 race

Montine Whelchel Smith, an associate minister at St. John Baptist Church, announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat in early September.

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Oakwood planners OK townhouse complex

The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its blessing Monday night to a rezoning proposal that allows for 105 townhouses across from Johnson High School.

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Police: Woman woke up to acquaintance sexually assaulting her

A woman told police she passed out in her apartment and woke up to an acquaintance sexually assaulting her, according to testimony Monday in Magistrate Court.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Authorities: Armed robbery followed drug deal

A man told police that the College Park man sitting behind him in his 1994 Buick Century put a gun to his head and told him to get out, an investigator testified Monday morning.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville superintendent finalist for leadership award

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel is a finalist for the Lexington Educational Leadership Award fellowship.

September 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Public can share input on sales tax for education at upcoming meetings

Hall County school leaders want local voters to be informed before a Nov. 3 vote on a sales tax for education.

September 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Authorities: Man claimed self-defense in Lanier Islands party shooting

Authorities say a man accused in a birthday party shooting at a Lanier Islands lake house told them he fired shots in self-defense.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Former inmate reaches $50K settlement with jailer accused of punching him

A former Hall County Jail inmate allegedly punched while handcuffed by a former jailer settled for $50,000, according to his attorney.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Oakwood tax hearing draws no commenters

No one showed for the first of three public hearings on Oakwood's proposed tax rate for fiscal 2016, which begins Jan. 1.

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

I-985 wreck injures 3, backs up traffic

A wreck Monday evening on Interstate 985 southbound caused three injuries and backed up traffic.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Patient welcomes dog to hospital's pet park

Roxie Holt welcomed her dog's paws onto her lap on a recent afternoon, describing separation from the Labrador retriever: "For him it's worse than for me."

September 21, 2015 | By Amber Tyner | Local

Hall officials aim to build $3.4M bridge on Tumbling Creek Road

Hall County wants to build a $3.4 million bridge on Tumbling Creek Road in the same area where the Georgia Department of Transportation ordered a railroad crossing closed in late 2014 out of safety concerns.

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Authorities: Ellenwood man charged with attempted aggravated child molestation

An Ellenwood man allegedly sent "pornographic photos and had sexually explicit conversations" with an investigator he believed to be a child, according to authorities.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Analysis: National news shapes local perceptions of gun ownership

The frequency of mass shootings in recent years has revealed two cyclical patterns in the nation's response to such tragedies: Renewed calls for gun control legislation and runs to increase firearm and ammo stocks.

September 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

DNR officer on Lake Lanier wins national award

When announced Tuesday night as the national boating officer of the year, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Jason Roberson said it's his family that ought to see some of the spotlight.

September 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

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You Heard it here: Gainesville High (and Times) alum gets Emmy

It's not unusual for alums of The Times to go on to award-winning careers, but we can't recall one ever winning an Emmy ...

October 10, 2015 | | Local

Hurry to get some cheap reads while you can

The sixth annual Giant Book Sale continues today and Sunday at the old Regions Bank building, 111 Green St. The sale hours are 10 a ...

October 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Hall coroner: Crash caused death of driving instructor

The death of a Gainesville motorist last week was declared an accident, according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck's office.

October 10, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

2 longtime residents seek Oakwood council post

Both a political newcomer and a current planning commissioner will soon vie for the Post 2 spot on the Oakwood city council, which was recently ...

October 10, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

'Courage, skill and joy' - Special Olympics gets underway

Hundreds of athletes from across Georgia donned bright T-shirts and cheerful smiles, laughing, dancing and singing as they filled the stands in Gainesville Middle School.

October 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Oliver North headlines Boys & Girls Clubs’ Gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County have a well-known military figure, author and television host headlining their sold-out Futures for Kids Gala on Tuesday ...

October 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Drones sacked at Forsyth County youth football games

October 09, 2015 | Times Regional Staff | Local

Rabies case confirmed in North Hall County

A raccoon caputured in North Hall County has tested positive for rabies, making eight Hall County cases for 2015.

October 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Tax bills in the mail for Gainesville residents

More than 12,000 tax bills for Gainesville property owners have been mailed and payments are due Dec. 7.

October 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Hall County names new finance director

Hall County announced the hiring of the new financial services director Friday.

October 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Oakwood car show postponed until Oct. 17

The Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood originally set for Saturday has been postponed until the following weekend, Oct. 17.

October 09, 2015 | | Local

GOP candidate Carson set to speak Sunday at Free Chapel

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson's planned appearance at a Gainesville church Sunday is stirring the area's GOP base.

October 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Bruner poised for bigger role on council

Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner has seen a number of changes in her 12 years representing Ward 5.

October 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Area students battle in fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity

Five of the nicest, hand-built playhouses will soon be up for raffle, thanks to the hard work of some local high school students.

October 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

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