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Sex assault alleged at Falcon’s home; athlete not involved, police say

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted while sleeping in the Buford home of an Atlanta Falcons player, but the athlete is not a suspect in the assault, police said.

July 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Banks County native named DOT assistant district engineer

A Banks County native has been named the Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant district engineer for the 21 counties in Northeast Georgia, including Hall, that make up the DOT's District One.

July 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nonprofit agencies unite to help local youth at summer camp

"Living United" is more than a slogan for the United Way of Hall County; it has become a rallying cry of sorts for its partner agencies.

July 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Steps to College program could end

Nearly 150 high school students celebrated their graduation from Gainesville State College's Steps to College program that offers instruction aimed at students who speak English as a second language.

July 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hoschton council denies petition on charter change

HOSCHTON - Residents attending Hoschton's City Council meeting Monday let out a collective groan as the council announced its decision to deny the validation of a petition to change the city's charter.

July 08, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Farmers market expands to downtown site

Looking for some juicy, home-grown tomatoes or fresh-picked green beans? Starting Friday afternoon, you'll find them in downtown Gainesville.

July 08, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Oakwood to consider La Parrilla’s alcohol license at hearing

Oakwood City Council will consider Monday whether to revoke the alcohol license of one of the city's busiest eateries, La Parrilla Mexican restaurant.

July 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


DNR wants you to get out and be active — in state parks

With beautifully sunny days that have been moderately warm, there's no time like the present to get out, be active and enjoy the great outdoors.

July 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall still undecided on sending two tax bills

The people have spoken, but the Hall County Board of Commissioners has yet approve sending out two tax bills per year.

July 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor's race 2010: Initial fundraising relies on ‘friends and neighbors’

For Republicans running to be the next governor of Georgia, contributions begin at home.

July 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County middle schoolers excel on tests

Hall County middle schools are celebrating high End of Course Test scores earned by middle school students who completed high school courses. The Carnegie units, or high school credit units, are applied to students' high school diplomas.

July 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville expect most schools to meet testing standards

Results for school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests lead school officials to believe most Gainesville city and Hall County schools will meet federal accountability requirements and achieve Adequate Yearly Progress this year.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Economy strains heat relief program for seniors

Polly Williams knows the value of some fresh air.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Deal is early fundraising front-runner

In the contest to raise cash among Republican candidates vying to be the next governor of Georgia, Gainesville's Nathan Deal suddenly is in the lead.

July 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters battle South Hall blaze

A South Hall home was damaged Tuesday night by a fire that was called in by someone passing by.

July 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Soon it would be time for the veterans to climb on planes and return home to their everyday lives.

June 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

After five years as Lakeview Academy's head of school, John Kennedy is planning at least five more.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


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