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Gainesville City Council gives first OK to assisted living facility, home development

Gainesville City Council approved a zoning amendment Tuesday that will allow developer John Roberts to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to send property tax bills to area residents

Gainesville property owners will soon find their tax bills in the mail.

July 02, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Church celebrates road progress on section of Ga. 347

Celebration Church is doing as its name suggests when it comes to the Georgia Department of Transportation opening a portion of the new Ga. 347 in South Hall County.

July 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two area practices merge with Longstreet

The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville has extended its reach with the acquisition of two independent primary care practices - Mountain Internal Medicine in Demorest and Valley View Medical Center in Dahlonega.

July 02, 2014 | By Audrey Williams awilliams@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


State police scrutinize jailer after scuffle leaves inmate with blackeye

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Clermont votes to stay alcohol-free

After more than a month of deliberation, Clermont's status as an alcohol-free town is intact.

July 02, 2014 | By Audrey Williams awilliams@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Locals reflect on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson declared "all men are created equal."

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Those injured in afternoon wreck expected to recover

One critically injured in a wreck Monday afternoon has been released from the hospital and another is expected to go home today.

July 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST VII revenue eyed to fund unfulfilled budget requests

Hall County's "wish list" of projects and equipment to fund through a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, keeps growing.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Supreme Court contraception decision not likely to have big area impact

Local employers and their insured employees are not likely to be affected by Monday's Supreme Court decision on contraception coverage because most employers already provide contraception and other preventive care under their existing insurance plans.

July 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville eyes tourism board appointments

The Gainesville City Council will approve board members for the new Convention and Visitors Bureau when it meets tonight.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gas prices hit 6-year high for Fourth of July weekend

Gas prices have crept up just in time for July Fourth festivities and travel, with prices the highest they've been since 2008.

July 01, 2014 | | Local


Flowery Branch home may go to family in need

The future of a downtown Flowery Branch home is in flux while city officials decide how to proceed.

July 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local




Woman charged with kidnapping grandchildren

A grandmother has been charged with kidnapping after Hall County Sheriff's officials say she took her three grandchildren Sunday.

July 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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