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Hall County Schools opens doors to those outside district

Students who don't live in the Hall County School District will now have an opportunity to come inside - if space allows.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Sheriff’s office plans to build new headquarters

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new sheriff's office.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Schools to hire more teachers

More students will equal more teachers in next year's county school budget.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County to vote this week on energy-saving projects

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to hire Siemens for energy-efficiency projects now that language in a proposed contract has been clarified.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT plans to build new home for osprey as part of Boling Bridge project

Transportation plans usually affect humans, not a federally protected bird of prey.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawsonville Highway bridge repairs may be on hold a bit longer

Uncertainty over federal transportation dollars beyond July 1 may mean motorists who have long had a bumpy ride over the Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge crossing Lake Lanier may have to wait a bit longer for relief.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gun bill’s OK gets mixed reactions from area church leaders

In a final dash before the legislative session ended Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill widely expanding gun rights.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical amnesty bill awaits governor’s signature

Public health advocates say addressing the fear of legal repercussions after dialing 911 will save overdose victims in a medical crisis after Georgia's "medical amnesty" bill passed the legislature Tuesday.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Class Notes: Federal progress report mostly positive on Georgia’s Race to the Top status

While backlash against the Common Core continues among political groups in Georgia, it appears the state is doing well in implementing the set of standards.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Reading winners: Centennial Arts Academy team takes state competition

For many, reading may be a leisurely activity to enjoy during a quiet afternoon. For 10 Centennial Arts Academy students, it's a sport.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meeting to set stage for new SPLOST

Hall County and area municipal officials will gather today to begin laying the groundwork for a new special purpose local option sales tax.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Gainesville Little League throws first pitches

Players broke from the usual protocol and charged onto the field Saturday morning at City Park during opening day ceremonies for the Gainesville Parks and Recreation baseball and softball teams.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Food Bank celebrates supporters, sets new goals

Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, said Saturday night's first-ever celebration of the organization's new Harvester Club wasn't a challenge issued but an invitation to the community to help feed more people in the coming year.

March 23, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Visitors get sneak peek at Smithgall Garden, set for fall opening

If there was a college basketball tournament going Saturday, visitors to the Gainesville's Smithgall Woodland Garden weren't concerned with missing the games.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | 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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