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Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts

An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don't get lost in the legal system.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2015 Gainesville police budget likely on par with 2014

The Gainesville Police Department has a current budget of about $8.6 million, and Chief Brian Kelly said he expected funding to be similar in the 2015 fiscal year.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners vote down energy contracts

After months of inquiry and weeks of controversial debate, the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted down two proposed energy-efficiency contracts with Siemens and Pepco Energy Services.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic venue names Gainesville native as manager

Morgan House has been named the new manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, with the purpose of restoring the facility and attracting visitors to the area.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces more counts of identity theft, credit card fraud

A Gainesville man said his daughter-in-law stole thousands of dollars from him and his wife after helping prepare their taxes.

March 27, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall’s population shows growth

Hall County's population grew about 4.5 percent from 2010 to July 2013, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plan to cut energy use up for vote by Hall commissioners

The road to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners' vote on whether to contract with Siemens and Pepco for multimillion-dollar, energy-efficiency projects has been fraught with shifting financial estimates, unknowns about future utility costs and concerns the technology might soon be out of date.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stepping into good health

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

March 26, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Badge and Bar: Cocaine trafficking charges dropped

Charges were dropped against a Norcross man accused of trafficking cocaine, while the Duluth man he was in the car with pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Best friends set to compete on Wheel of Fortune

Twenty years ago, Breana Cagle and Bethany Lind became best friends when they attended the first grade at Oakwood Elementary School together.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fire burns island in middle of Lake Lanier

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said a fire burning on a 10-acre island in the middle of Lake Lanier was allowed to burn itself out.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Vandals continue to target Dawson churches

Vandals have targeted as many as six Dawson County churches in recent months, including two where several thousands of dollars of electrical equipment was taken.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Police find 2 pounds of meth during traffic stop on I-985

Two pounds of crystal methamphetamine police say is worth $32,000 was found last week in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 985, Gainesville police reported Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area job fairs aim to cut rising unemployment

Jobless figures in Northeast Georgia have been rising so far in 2014, but a pair of area job fairs could help reverse that trend.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Lanier Plaza business owners oppose redevelopment

Aurelio Guzman has fond childhood memories of the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


UNG-Gainesville project brings students, seniors together

It may seem an odd pairing: College students, from the nearby University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, showing older adults at the Senior Life Center how to bowl digitally.

April 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local




Family increases reward to $10K in missing person case

Thomas Funk of Gainesville has been missing since Oct. 1, 2011, and his family and the Hall County Sheriff's Office want answers.

April 09, 2014 | | Local


Double-wide damaged in early morning fire

A mobile home was damaged by a fire early Wednesday but the residents escaped safely.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




Luncheon pays tribute to Gainesville native Mike Banks

Mike Banks, a Gainesville native and banker, was honored by the University of North Georgia on Tuesday during a luncheon at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming.

April 09, 2014 | BY CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Virtual education offers options for students, parents

Customized, personalized education was the common theme as parents gathered to learn more about an online learning option for their children.

April 09, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


On-the-job training coming to Cornelia

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission-Workforce Development is bringing on-the-job training to Cornelia next week.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Power restored after wreck causes outage Tuesday

Power was restored to thousands of customers who were left without electricity when a car hit a power pole just before 3 p.m. according to Jackson EMC.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man

A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

April 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Victims remembered at event

Two brothers, Jake Prince, 9, and Griffin Prince, 13, who were killed in a 2012 boat wreck were remembered Tuesday at a Victims' Rights Week event in Kenyon Plaza outside the Hall County Courthouse in Gainesville.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Spring’s arrival heralds progress on road work

With spring's arrival comes road work.

April 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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