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Good news, bad news: Hall County jobless rate up a bit, but still state's lowest

The local jobs picture continues to improve overall despite month-to-month variance in the unemployment rate.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lake group pushes bill requiring boat titles

Just last week, the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association sent an email blast with the subject line "Have you seen this houseboat?"

March 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chestatee High marks Teen Tech Week with $1,000 grant

Chestatee High School students are spending the week building model towers, filming animation and coding robots.

March 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge & Bar: Former jailer accused of smuggling to be arraigned

A former Hall County jailer accused of smuggling drugs into the Hall County Jail is set for an arraignment hearing next week in U.S. District Court.

March 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hobby Lobby in, Chipotle still mum on retail location

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food chain serving made-to-order burritos and tacos, has plans to open a location on Dawsonville Highway near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold open house series

Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold a series of open houses in hopes of increasing awareness and enrollment.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State lawmakers rush to beat 30th-day deadline for bills

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 11, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY AND BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local




No one hurt in Hall County house fire

No one was hurt but heavy damage resulted from a house fire Wednesday afternoon east of Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State Senate approves resolution to change Advanced Placement U.S. history exam

ATLANTA - The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.

March 11, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Civil War series to continue at UNG-Gainesville

A panel discussion is set for tonight at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus on the Civil War's aftermath, including environmental impact on Georgia, Reconstruction and political effects.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boy Scouts award 3 area leaders

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council honored three community leaders Tuesday night at the 2015 Gainesville American Values Dinner at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Final hearing set on plan for Hall area roads

Area residents have one more opportunity to comment on recommendations in the Hall County area's 2040 transportation plan.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Girl Scouts recognize Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner

Ruth Bruner is a beacon of light and staunch feminist, according to her sons.

March 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Author speaks to 6th graders reading her WWII novel

Author Muffet Frische spoke to sixth-graders on Tuesday at C.W. Davis Middle School in Flowery Branch. She told the students, who are reading her book, how it was inspired by her cousin's experiences during World War II. The book is a historical novel set in northern California about children that fought to keep their town alive while their parents were serving on battlefields and working in factories during the war.

March 11, 2015 | | Local


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Medical marijuana bill heads to governor's desk

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


GBI assisting in Mount Airy death investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Habersham County Sheriff's Office in a death investigation in Mount Airy, according to GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Center Point recognizes Hall County's top student leaders

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Public curious about bill’s impact on local funding

The key question asked at Monday night's last public-input meeting on the Hall County area's draft 2040 transportation plan was the potential impact of a transportation funding bill if passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

March 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police, businesses give tips to protect your home during vacation

On the beach, the sand is between your toes, and you try to keep your smartphone away from your fingers.

March 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


State Senate passes medical marijuana bill

March 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia Speech Center to unveil Sensory Garden at open house

Whether your child is on the autism spectrum or just has a slight speech impediment, he or she could be helped by a center right here in Gainesville.

March 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Road now open in Flowery Branch

A gas line break at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads in Flowery Branch forced authorities to shut down the intersection, including the entrance to Four Seasons subdivision.

March 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


3 area brothers recognized for WWII service

Three pairs of identical, crystal blue eyes gaze across Lake Lanier.

March 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Scholars’ Academy registration still open

The fourth annual Hall County Government Scholars' Academy is fast approaching, and registration is still open for interested participants.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes coming to Gainesville Wood’s Mill

Changes are coming to the Gainesville school campus currently known as Wood's Mill.

March 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


EPA: Gainesville poultry plant violated Clean Water Act

Floating fats entering the city's wastewater system, maggots on a pipe wall and blood on a trailer are just a few of the things found by federal investigators in an Aug. 27 inspection at Pilgrim's Pride in Gainesville.

March 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


South Hall residents plead to retain Friendship Road name

Supporters hoping to retain the Friendship Road name for a popular and busy thoroughfare in South Hall made passionate pleas to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a work session.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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