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Local Agenda: Gainesville set to OK funding for airport study

Gainesville City Council is set to approve the use of $12,500 in SPLOST VI money today to pay for a study at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tiny hole hides big headache

A potentially cavernous sinkhole opened early Monday in a Gainesville shopping center parking lot, and fixing it is a bit complex.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school district plans to decrease tax rate

The Gainesville City Board of Education will lower the tax rate for fiscal year 2015 at its Aug. 18 meeting.

August 04, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Injured firefighter transferred to spinal cord specialists

A firefighter injured when a truck's ladder fell 44 feet on July 22 has been transferred to the Shepherd Center.

August 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


University lecturer hopes to save a piece of Hall's past

Zac Miller can't be certain exactly how long Timber Ridge Cemetery has been in use, but he is sure of one thing: It holds the keys to a treasure trove of local history.

August 04, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Clermont seeks green light for voting change

Clermont officials are waiting on state approval of proposed changes to the North Hall city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

August 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chamber of Commerce to present health care mandate update

The full rollout of the Affordable Care Act is far from complete, as area businesses and residents will learn at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's annual health care reform update set for Aug. 12.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habersham hospital deal loses momentum

Despite some financial hurdles for Habersham Medical Center, the Demorest-based hospital and Northeast Georgia Health System are still working toward a partnership of some type, officials said last week.

August 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church offers haircuts, school supplies for needy

All four girls of the Perez family ran straight to the "salon" chairs at an event Sunday that offered free haircuts and school supplies.

August 03, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Brenau sorority houses come down to make room for replacements

Demolition has begun to make way for new construction at Brenau University.

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class notes: Make-A-Wish award now named for UNG student

For the fourth year in a row, students at the University of North Georgia have raised more funds for Make-A-Wish than any other in their conference, and the award they received for doing so has been renamed for one of their own.

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The new honor code: Testing under online eye

When Gainesville college student Rachel Henderson learned a test for her online class was administered 20 miles away in Dahlonega, she opted instead to use a fee-based mobile proctoring service called ProctorU. The result, she said, was "pretty easy and kind of strange."

August 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


A high heat index can end up becoming a killer

There's a killer that probably takes more lives than warfare. In 2003, an estimated 50,000 people died during a devastating heat wave that affected most of Europe. Even in the U.S., where air conditioning is available on a much larger scale, the hot summer of 1980 resulted in 1,250 casualties, according to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov).

August 03, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Local


CrossFit athletes show their stuff

Weights were lifted and burpies jumped Saturday as CrossFit athletes from all over metro Atlanta and North Georgia came to compete in the inaugural Showdown on the Square.

August 03, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Injured firefighters backed by brothers in uniform

When the people who rescue us need saving themselves, a brotherhood emerges and rushes to their aid.

August 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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Farmers bring the market to the shoppers

Residents of a local assisted living home didn't have far to go Friday to shop in the area's newest farmers market. Several area farmers, as well as craft and lotion businesses, set up in the parking lot of Summer's Landing at Limestone for the first annual farmers market. The market was to let residents at the assisted living and memory care facility get the farmers market experience without the travel, said Life Enrichment Director Rachel Wallace.

August 23, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Lula mobile home destroyed in overnight fire

No one was home when a doublewide mobile home was destroyed by fire overnight in Lula, totalling $35,000 in damage.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Event takes aim at human trafficking

One tiny finger at a time, Officer Terrelyn Singleton rubbed Cecilia Sisk's fingers in dark ink for fingerprinting. With her face consumed by a large pair of sunglasses, the 4-year-old was taking the same precautions as her mother.

August 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Patients with insurance wait it out

Patients with health insurance through BlueCross BlueShield Georgia hang in limbo as the insurance company and Northeast Georgia Health System head toward contract deadlines.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Judge rules woman incompetent to stand trial in child sex trafficking case

A Gainesville woman accused of child molestation and rape involving a 4-year-old girl will not stand trial until she is further evaluated by mental health professionals.

August 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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August 22, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue at Senate forum

MACON - Democrat Michelle Nunn on Thursday ramped up her attacks on Republican David Perdue in Georgia's closely watched Senate race, portraying her opponent as an obstructionist who would continue gridlock in Washington.

August 22, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Woman greets, thanks the responders who saved her life

Sondra Cochran called it a "perfect storm." Her husband Gerard Schroeder thinks of it as a "royal flush."

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch ready to get started on Cinnamon Cove project

The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch's water treatment plant.

August 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jailer accused of hitting inmate pleads guilty

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of hitting a handcuffed inmate in 2012 pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cornelia pipe bomb maker faces probation revocation

A Cornelia woman sentenced less than six months ago on federal explosives charges now faces probation revocation following an arrest in Flowery Branch.

August 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


4 men charged with dropping rocks onto cars from overpasses

At least two cars were damaged Tuesday when police say rocks were thrown from an Interstate 985 overpass.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


State GOP denies race allegations

The Georgia Republican Party has denied allegations of racial discrimination by a Gainesville woman who was fired from her job with the party.

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top area student has interests in art, medicine, literature and theater

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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