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Plaintiffs in Chestatee prayer case may proceed anonymously

A U.S. District Judge granted the American Humanist Association's motion Tuesday to allow the three plaintiffs in the Chestatee High School prayer case to stay anonymous.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat

A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary educates, entertains during summer school

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

June 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cook Out coming to Oakwood

Cook Out Restaurants is expanding in Hall County, adding an Oakwood location that also will serve as a regional payroll operation.

June 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chick-fil-A opens to large crowds

Opening day at the relocated Chick-fil-A on Dawsonville Highway was met with an overwhelming response Wednesday.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Speed likely a factor’ in motorcycle wreck

After flipping her motorcycle in a high speed crash on Browns Bridge Wednesday, a motorcyclist was transported via ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville school officials, stakeholders discuss strengths, weaknesses

Gainesville parents, school officials, principals and administrators old and new met in the choir room at the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, pulling their chairs into a circle to discuss what's going on in city schools.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves pay study, raises for current employees

On average, employees of the city of Gainesville earn 7.7 percent less for entry level pay than their counterparts elsewhere in the state, and 2.1 percent below market at the middle of each pay grade, according to the results of a new study released Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Work could start next spring on U.S. 129 widening

If funding is in place, the U.S. 129/Athens Highway widening project in East Hall could go out for bids later this year, with work starting next spring.

June 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Seniors team with food bank to give free meals weekly

A group of women all dressed in yellow serve fruit, bacon and grits to anyone who walks through their doors.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Beatty, Kriews head into runoff for Flowery Branch council seat

Flowery Branch voters chose one new council member in Tuesday's special election, but they aren't quite done yet as they'll head back to the polls for a runoff on July 14.

June 16, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Medical marijuana registry, commission now up and running

Tuesday was a landmark day in Georgia for supporters of medical marijuana.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Longtime resident wins Lula council seat

In a low-key special election that didn't rouse much voter interest, 25-year Lula resident Marvin Moore was elected Tuesday night to serve on the City Council.

June 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta St. shooting victim remembered as skilled Gainesville athlete, good friend

Mario Bush drove back from Stockbridge to his childhood home on Atlanta Street as soon as he saw the news on social media.

June 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

June 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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