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Second in a series on key issues in the Georgia Senate race

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will meet in a runoff July 22, and the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall. Below is a discussion on tax reform and how to tackle the nation's $17.5 trillion debt. Candidate remarks have been edited in some places for length.

July 06, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Centers to help kids stay out of jail

As the Georgia prison system begins to enact re-entry measures touted and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the juvenile system is seeking to provide early intervention toward gainful employment and away from crime.

July 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


No serious lake incidents so far, DNR reports

The Fourth of July weekend has been calm on Georgia lakes so far, the Department of Natural Resources reports.

July 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Veterans, first-timers take to skies at annual Cracker Fly-In

Buzzing off the runway onto the grass, Covington resident Willie Williams slowly parked his blue Zodiac in a long line of Cessnas and biplanes at Saturday's Cracker Fly-in at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

July 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fireworks put on a show

Northeast Georgia residents celebrated the Fourth of July on Friday, with the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7's fireworks display being one of the highlights. Laurel Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville was the site for the annual pyrotechnics, which also included an offseason visit from Santa Claus.

July 05, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades

The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans relish way to relax with drum circle

Temperatures were hot, but an occasional breeze cooled things a bit, and the grassy hillside offered scenic views of Lake Lanier.

July 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Internet isn’t free; in fact, it’s pricey

The content may be free to end users, but website design and maintenance take time and cost money. It's no exception for area county and city governments, with thousands of tax dollars spent for original design or redesign work.

July 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Cost of freedom: Families sacrifice as loved ones serve

The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter working in factories and keeping the country's economic engine running while young men fought overseas in World War II remains a staple of American lore.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US Senate candidates talk immigration

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues.

July 05, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Child protective services investigators work to clear backlog

Investigators with child protective services have been ordered to work at least eight hours per week of overtime to address 3,300 overdue cases statewide.

July 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Person sought in reported drowning found safe

A person who was reported to have drowned has been found safe, according to Hall County Fire Services.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Athens Street to close at railroad crossing

Athens Street at the railroad crossing will be closed from Monday to Aug. 1 in Gainesville, the city has announced.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Van service to VA hospital vital for veterans

The three men slipped out of their vehicles as the passenger van rolled up at daybreak Tuesday at the Big Lots in Gainesville.

July 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Service offers tows for drunken boaters

As boaters take to the water in droves, one captain, as he styles himself, is hoping his Lake Lanier business stays afloat in the minds of boaters who drink alcohol in America's honor.

July 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Students relish research

Parasites, memory and mockingbirds are just a few of the subjects undergraduates at the University of North Georgia are researching this year as part of Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Enrichment.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Student, professor examine Lanier, Flat Creek for water quality

Particularly drawn to Flat Creek, Melba Horton spent the early part of the summer checking the water quality at Lake Lanier.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Car hit 4 children, injuring 2 critically in N. Hall

Four children were injured, two critically, Sunday afternoon when a car was knocked out of gear at a home in North Hall, authorities reported.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘The Great War’ remembered, 100 years later

The 29 names inscribed on the American Legion plaque proclaim the Hall County troops' "ultimate sacrifice" in World War I, but their stories are tucked away in state records from the era.

July 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State’s child well-being rank improves slightly

Data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its Kids Count Data Book rank Georgia as 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

July 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


New nonprofit helps parents grieving over loss of child

Gainesville resident Deana Martin-Owens knows all too well the grief from losing a child is often debilitating and not many know what to do with it.

July 27, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Overdoses down, drug-related deaths up in Hall

Though overdoses are down, Hall County has experienced a comparatively higher number of drug-related deaths through July on the heels of varying substance-abuse initiatives.

July 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event

The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy's Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

July 27, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Area schools brace for Central American refugee kids

Area school officials say they don't know how many refugee students, if any, will enter local schools this year but they are prepared to teach them as they would any others.

July 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville boy to help raise $1M for cancer research at Care-A-Thon

A Gainesville boy will be participating in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual Care-A-Thon to raise over $1 million for cancer research.

July 26, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


South Hall flooding case goes to US court

The case involving two Flowery Branch business owners seeking damages for their flooded property has been moved to U.S. District Court, with both parties filing disclosures this week.

July 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Rogers named co-chairman of Georgia House committee

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, has been named co-chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives' Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Philanthropist of Year nominations sought

The North Georgia Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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