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Hall commission aims for $1.5 million budget for courthouse annex renovations

Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum said he and the other commissioners are trying to walk the difficult line of ensuring security while keeping prices down.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Council expecting update on stormwater program Thursday

Gainesville officials are pushing forward with a plan to create a stormwater utility and implement a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure. They will receive an update and recommendations about how to proceed at a work session Thursday morning.

July 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Inmate says he discussed assault with suspect on trial this week

A Superior Court jury will wait until Wednesday to hear the case of an alleged aggravated assault while an inmate is transferred to appear.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia takes a bite out of Hollywood

Georgia's not yet Hollywood, but the state's tax incentives have charmed a number of big-budget movie productions to relocate from the West Coast to the New South in recent years.

July 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Man fired 2 shots during road rage incident

A Gillsville man is accused of driving aggressively and eventually shooting at another driver on Harmony Church Road, Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

July 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch voters choose new council member today

It's been a little more than two months since candidates were announced for the Post 5 seat on the Flowery Branch City Council, and the fatigue is setting in for the remaining two.

July 13, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Restoration work starts on Lula caboose

It had become Lula's faded red caboose.

July 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




Family, friends remember slain 911 employee at vigil

CUMMING - The four cousins hugged, wiped away tears and scribbled messages on the canvas sheet draped between two goalposts.

July 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: UNG extends admissions deadline for fall 2015

Students who wish to attend the University of North Georgia's Gainesville or Cumming campuses this fall still have time to apply.

July 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Proposal would ban driver’s licenses for some young immigrants

Like many young adults, Diana Paola Vela-Martinez's life blossomed when she received her driver's license. The world truly opened up to her then.

July 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Improvements could transform historic site into community park

From a street named after a civil rights icon, passing motorists now can see the stately remains of a restored hotel once owned by a top Confederate general.

July 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former Habersham clerk claims wrongful termination after lawsuit

A former deputy clerk of finance in the Habersham County Magistrate Court claims she was wrongly terminated after a lawsuit against the Habersham County Board of Commissioners regarding unapproved airport authority actions, her attorney Julius Hulsey said.

July 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Quinlan sculpture garden opens today

Eight statues sun themselves in a grassy courtyard next to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

July 12, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Small-town edge helps Gainesville investment firm make elite list

Inside the conference room of his Gainesville office, Bob Willis is snapping his fingers.

July 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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Performers prepare for ballet event Friday

The International Ballet Gala Performance will be held Friday at the Brenau Downtown Center Theatre.

July 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Four-legged police aides get trained

Gainesville Police Sgt. Jim Von Essen lobbed his keys, a wallet and a plastic shotgun shell into high grass.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Trail network meeting planned in August

A meeting to talk about plans and ideas for the newly dubbed "Highlands to Islands" trail could take place in August.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades to the city's aging stormwater infrastructure, according to officials.

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Poultry industry leader Nathaniel Ashe dies

Nathaniel "Nat" E. Ashe, an area poultry industry leader, died Monday at the age of 86.

July 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Jury to begin deliberation Wednesday in felony murder case

The defense rested before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the felony murder case for David William Keener in the death of Randall Huling.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at the end of the year.

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Timetable moving up for Spout Springs road widening

Hall County could start buying property in mid-2016 for the Spout Springs Road widening project, earlier than previously thought thanks to voters passing the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in March.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Murder trial begins for man convicted last week in homeless beating

Removing his jacket, defense attorney Dan Sammons approached the witness stand and grabbed the trash can in Superior Court on Monday.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville stormwater fee program moving forward

Gainesville City Council will approve an agreement today with an Atlanta engineering consultant to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program, which includes implementing a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs street improvement project

More improvements to downtown Lula's appearance could take place later this year.

July 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board remembers Gus Whalen

Gainesville City Schools are still mourning the loss of one of their most notable and best-loved Red Elephants.

July 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flat Creek restoration project hits halfway mark

Work is about halfway done on a $1 million restoration of Flat Creek as it flows through an industrial section of Gainesville.

July 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall 911 systems getting upgrades

Hall County's emergency 911 systems will soon get some long-awaited improvements, beginning with upgrades to the main phone network.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police: Victim in armed robbery stabbed in arm; 4 suspects arrested

An armed robbery victim suffered a minor stab wound to the arm when he was approached by a group that stole his car, police said. All four suspects are now in custody.

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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