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Elachee Nature Science Center takes in bird blinded in left eye

Elachee Nature Science Center's newest tenant has had a rough start to the new year.

February 09, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Divers recover body in Lake Lanier

The Hall County dive team found a body Sunday night in Lake Lanier, a law enforcement official said.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lights, concessions, stands coming to city ballfield

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department is ready to bid out improvements to a ballfield that include lights, concessions, restrooms and spectator seating.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Weather closings, delays, cancellations

Friday

February 25, 2015 | | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Johnson High School students improving church playground

Playing in nature is a proven way to improve a child's development.

February 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Authorities search for man in CVS robbery

February 25, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man charged with enticing girl following undercover operation

Authorities arrested a Dahlonega man accused of enticing a child for sexual purposes.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren't the only ones upset about the General Assembly's proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn't a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission's Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn't keep them from teaching and learning.

February 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child's injury at a local child care provider.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical marijuana bill passes key hurdle in state legislature

ATLANTA - A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.

February 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

February 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


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