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US Senate candidates talk immigration

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues.

July 05, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Child protective services investigators work to clear backlog

Investigators with child protective services have been ordered to work at least eight hours per week of overtime to address 3,300 overdue cases statewide.

July 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Person sought in reported drowning found safe

A person who was reported to have drowned has been found safe, according to Hall County Fire Services.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Athens Street to close at railroad crossing

Athens Street at the railroad crossing will be closed from Monday to Aug. 1 in Gainesville, the city has announced.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Van service to VA hospital vital for veterans

The three men slipped out of their vehicles as the passenger van rolled up at daybreak Tuesday at the Big Lots in Gainesville.

July 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Service offers tows for drunken boaters

As boaters take to the water in droves, one captain, as he styles himself, is hoping his Lake Lanier business stays afloat in the minds of boaters who drink alcohol in America's honor.

July 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Ticks out in full force due to heat, wildlife

A day outdoors could leave you with a lot more than a suntan this summer; if you walk near tall grass, you could come home with ticks.

July 04, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Gainesville to get $1 million for housing project

Gainesville has accepted a $1 million grant from the state to build affordable homes in the city.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sales tax vote may be pushed back to spring

Local government officials are considering delaying a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax from this fall to spring 2015.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Law enforcement learns to navigate social media's treacherous waters

For law enforcement, social media is a two-way street: It's an opportunity for officers to promote their work, but also leaves them open to public critique.

July 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Family of shooting victim uses social media to spotlight unsolved case

Unhappy with a situation, 19-year-old Andrea Tilmuth did what has become an ubiquitous part of the online presence: She wrote a bad review.

July 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Lakefront property tax appeals below forecast

Lakefront homeowners across Hall County have vowed in recent weeks to appeal the latest reassessments on their property, and now the final tally is in.

July 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Sentencing date set in killing at Peppers Market

Sentencing has been set for Joseph Williams, the Gainesville man convicted of shooting and killing Adrian Thompson on June 3, 2013, in the parking lot of Peppers Grocery & Market in Gainesville.

July 02, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Graco safety seat recall may affect area families

Bowing to an outcry from U.S. safety regulators and parents, Graco Children's Products announced Tuesday a recall for more than 6 million child safety seats.

July 02, 2014 | By Chelsey Abercrombie cabercrombie@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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