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Special elections for Flowery Branch, Lula council to be held today

Flowery Branch and Lula voters go to the polls Tuesday for special elections to fill three city council seats.

June 15, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Authorities: 31 packages of synthetic marijuana, $13K seized from gas station

A Suwanee man was arrested and charged with keeping a place of gambling at a Gainesville gas station, authorities said.

June 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Area residents brace for latest challenge to federal health law

A ruling in the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act is likely this month, and local consumers, businesses and government are bracing for the potential fallout if the verdict goes against the federal health law.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: State to receive millions for testing technical problems

Students, teachers and school administrators across the state experienced some frustration this spring due to Georgia Milestones testing technical errors.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Summer school offers classes to both struggling and advanced students

Some might think of summer school simply as a necessity for struggling students, but in the Hall County and Gainesville City school districts, there's a summer-school offering for almost every student.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Strom embraces leadership role Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Six months into her term as chief of staff for Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Priscilla Strom is enjoying her post. As only the second female chief in the hospital's history, the Longstreet Clinic general surgeon has a unique past.

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Local family business highlights growth of immigrant entrepreneurs

Edgar Medrano, 23, shakes his head in amazement when thinking about the history of his family's business.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hunters, anglers invited to forum on improving services for outdoorsmen

Hunters and anglers looking for possible expanded services can express their concerns to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources today and online for the next three weeks.

June 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Larkin honored by Gainesville High

Gainesville High principal LaCrisia Larkin is retiring this month after a 33-year career with the school. She was honored and presented with gifts in a reception at the school on Sunday.

June 14, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Man arrested after car chase, foot pursuit

A Gainesville man was arrested Saturday night for alleged assault on a peace officer, DUI and child endangerment following a car chase and foot pursuit through the city.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘From the start, Chicopee was a cut above’

If you stroll the roads of Chicopee Village or wander the snaking woodland trails, you're tracing the same steps that Robert Wood Johnson Jr. walked some 90 years ago as he sought land for the family's medical supply empire.

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Country legend performs at Smithgall garden

Robert Cooper of Gainesville has just about every Emmylou Harris album you can imagine. From her critically acclaimed 1975 record "Pieces of the Sky," to the most recent release, "The Traveling Kind."

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


2 vie for Lula City Council seat

One thing's for sure about Tuesday's special election: First Baptist Church of Lula will have a representative on the Lula City Council.

June 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Juneteenth takes over Midtown Greenway to celebrate freedom

People came out Saturday to celebrate the third annual Juneteenth, a Celebration of Freedom Event held at Midtown Greenway at 682 Grove St. in Gainesville.

June 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Cuisine to corrections: Restaurateur leaves business to work at prison

The restaurant business burned out Jim Lockaby, whose culinary savvy behind a stove has been seen on an Alaskan oil rig and the Cleveland Dairy Queen Brazier.

June 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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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


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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