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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


Poultry group not worried about Ukrainian crisis

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine aren't particularly worrisome for the president of the Georgia-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

March 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 teens charged with illegal hunting, guns

Two teenagers from Forsyth County were arrested Sunday in connection with what authorities described as a case of illegal hunting.

March 26, 2014 | From regional staff reports | Local


Report: Hall among healthiest Georgia counties

Hall County is one of Georgia's healthiest counties, according to a report released today.

March 26, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Eyes on the Road: Road tax bill dies in legislature

A bill that would have allowed neighboring counties to propose a transportation sales tax to voters didn't survive the 2014 General Assembly.

March 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State school superintendent race draws 15 candidates

It's a nice gig for the person who can get it.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students face ethical decisions in real-life experiences

A plate of dropped food, possible copyright infringement and using a company discount for friends were all situations Hall County high school students faced Tuesday.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Weather conditions affect pollen’s potency

Most people usually welcome spring, with its pleasant temperatures, blooming florals, and sunny skies. But for those with allergies, it can cause a runny, itchy nose, irritated eyes, and constant sneezing.

March 26, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Lane of Clarks Bridge Road to be closed today

Flaggers will direct traffic across Clarks Bridge today as the northbound lane is closed for continuing work on a new bridge.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Rabid cat found near Gainesville schools

A rabies alert has been issued for the Rosewood Drive area in Gainesville after a rabid cat came in contact with a person.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Don Carter State Park plans to add kayak rentals, trails, campsites

Not yet open a year, the state-operated Don Carter State Park in North Hall County is planning to expand its recreational offerings and accommodations.

March 25, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emerging partnership benefits local housing programs

A partnership between the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to build and rehabilitate homes and neighborhoods across Gainesville is beginning to pay big dividends.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Camp Merrill debate alive in US House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville argued Wednesday before the House Armed Service Committee for control of Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega to be transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Defense.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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