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Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts

An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don't get lost in the legal system.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2015 Gainesville police budget likely on par with 2014

The Gainesville Police Department has a current budget of about $8.6 million, and Chief Brian Kelly said he expected funding to be similar in the 2015 fiscal year.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners vote down energy contracts

After months of inquiry and weeks of controversial debate, the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted down two proposed energy-efficiency contracts with Siemens and Pepco Energy Services.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic venue names Gainesville native as manager

Morgan House has been named the new manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, with the purpose of restoring the facility and attracting visitors to the area.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces more counts of identity theft, credit card fraud

A Gainesville man said his daughter-in-law stole thousands of dollars from him and his wife after helping prepare their taxes.

March 27, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall’s population shows growth

Hall County's population grew about 4.5 percent from 2010 to July 2013, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plan to cut energy use up for vote by Hall commissioners

The road to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners' vote on whether to contract with Siemens and Pepco for multimillion-dollar, energy-efficiency projects has been fraught with shifting financial estimates, unknowns about future utility costs and concerns the technology might soon be out of date.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stepping into good health

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

March 26, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Badge and Bar: Cocaine trafficking charges dropped

Charges were dropped against a Norcross man accused of trafficking cocaine, while the Duluth man he was in the car with pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Best friends set to compete on Wheel of Fortune

Twenty years ago, Breana Cagle and Bethany Lind became best friends when they attended the first grade at Oakwood Elementary School together.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fire burns island in middle of Lake Lanier

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said a fire burning on a 10-acre island in the middle of Lake Lanier was allowed to burn itself out.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Vandals continue to target Dawson churches

Vandals have targeted as many as six Dawson County churches in recent months, including two where several thousands of dollars of electrical equipment was taken.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Police find 2 pounds of meth during traffic stop on I-985

Two pounds of crystal methamphetamine police say is worth $32,000 was found last week in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 985, Gainesville police reported Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area job fairs aim to cut rising unemployment

Jobless figures in Northeast Georgia have been rising so far in 2014, but a pair of area job fairs could help reverse that trend.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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