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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


GOP officials discuss possible property tax hike at forum

During a forum hosted by Hall County GOP on Saturday, commissioners took opposing views on a potential property tax increase that could generate $1.6 million in revenue for the general fund.

June 13, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

June 29, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Fire destroys North Hall home

A North Hall home was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

A Gainesville man, known locally as "Country," is still in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit Thursday night by a car on Clarks Bridge Road.

June 29, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Class Notes: University of North Georgia supporting meal program in July

Free meals will be provided through the remainder of the summer across North Georgia thanks to help from the University of North Georgia.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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


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