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Ask The Times: Public school students have right to pray

If you've been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

August 15, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Chestatee High School vandalized

Chestatee High School was hit with graffiti Thursday night, but it is not clear if the graffiti was related to the recent controversy about prayer at the school.

August 15, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Race into a Wicked Weekend

Friday was an open practice day for The Wicked Weekend remote-controlled racing event at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville to get drivers used to the track with qualifying beginning today and the final day of racing beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. This year's crowd of racers is expected to be larger than last year's 350-racer event at the track on the 120-foot-by-240-foot arena footprint.

August 15, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man arrested after 7 different drugs seized from home

A Gainesville man faces nine different charges relating to the possession of seven different drugs.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Ga. 347 improvements are funded once again

In an emergency meeting Friday, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization funded Ga. 347 improvements, a reversal from its vote earlier this week.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Prayer controversy prompts community reaction

August 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Credit union tallies $15K for injured firefighters’ fund

In nearly a month since a ladder truck fell, residents of Hall County have raised more than $15,000 for three injured Hall County firefighters.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man sentenced to 6 months in Social Security benefit thefts

Federal prosecutors said a South Georgia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing children's Social Security benefits.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Handgun training event looks to put a stop to human trafficking

A handgun training event, "Taking Aim at Human Trafficking," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in Gainesville.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


The Medical Center Foundation seeks golf tourney beneficiary

Plans are in the works to select a beneficiary for the 2015 Medical Center Open Golf Tournament.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Population may not grow as fast, new estimates show

Hall County's population might double by 2040, not triple, as is forecast in Hall's current long-term transportation plan.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside confers first entrepreneurial leadership award

Riverside Military Academy took the first step Thursday in establishing a scholarship fund for families who cannot afford tuition without financial assistance.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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Family leans on each other after losing home in fire

After a long series of tragedies and accidents, Jessica Rhodes-Touchet said she doesn't know which way to turn, but she does know whom she can lean on.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Plaintiff’s death won't end defamation lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a man misidentified in an arrest almost a year ago will continue despite his death, according to a notice filed by his estate.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Former sheriff’s deputy fights to regain job

CUMMING - The Forsyth County Civil Service Board is weighing the case of a former local sheriff's deputy who was fired earlier this summer during investigation of a fraudulent legal practices case.

August 25, 2014 | | Local


Forsyth County commissioner faces hearing on ethics

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy J. Mills will face an ethics hearing in regard to two issues raised in a resident's complaint earlier this summer, although the review board found there wasn't enough evidence to move forward on other points.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Community center hours expanding

Hall County on Sunday extended the hours of operation at its three community centers.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Schools find use for Rainey Street land

Gainesville City Schools will use a property purchased in 2012 for its high school construction program.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Coalition seeks to educate Hall County on marijuana

After a House bill on medical marijuana sputtered in the Georgia General Assembly, the Hall County Drug Free Coalition is hosting a community forum to inform the public.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Schools use fresh data to take new measure of student achievement

August 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials seek to learn more about fire truck involved in July 22 accident

Hall County's fire chief relieved of command Monday was in charge of the search to purchase the ladder truck that injured three Hall County firefighters during a training accident July 22, county officials said.

August 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Will US Senate race swing on endorsements?

With Election Day a little more than two months away, endorsements and the weight they carry could begin to have an affect on the fall races.

August 24, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON AND JOSHUA SILAVENT The Times | Local


Clothing shop celebrates 5th anniversary, small business award

When Danielle Case embarked on a shopping trip to the mall with her sisters in 2009, she didn't know it would lead to an epiphany about the fashion choices available in her hometown.

August 24, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local




Collins' GOP address recorded at Brenau

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville delivered the Republican Party's weekly radio address last weekend in response to President Barack Obama's usual Saturday remarks. And in this case, it was recorded in Gainesville.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


One man hopes to make Gainesville a craft beer haven

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft brewing industry.

August 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Court Judge Jolliff retiring after 24 years

After almost a quarter century with the Hall County Juvenile Court, Judge Cliff Jolliff is retiring from the work he calls "extremely satisfying and extremely difficult."

August 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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