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Brenau lauds past and future at gala

Brenau University celebrated its past with a black-tie-optional event Saturday night while sharing with guests big plans for the future.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New drug raises concerns locally

A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Health care law deadline looms

James Smith's family is struggling to make ends meet, so paying for any kind of health coverage - at this point - is tough.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students use their ears to play ball

Blindfolded students from West Hall, with their partners guiding them, searched for a rolling beep ball Friday morning during Disability Resource Center's annual Beep Ball event at Mulberry Creek Community Center.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Scant details offered on new Sheriff’s Office HQ alternatives

Before the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new Sheriff's Office headquarters, questions emerged about whether due diligence had been given to looking at the possibility of renovating existing buildings instead, perhaps at a lower cost.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rain postpones today’s downtown pet event

The Mutts on Main event scheduled for today has been postponed two weeks due to the rainy forecast.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Promgoers reminded to avoid alcohol, drugs

Tonight marks the official beginning of prom season, with two high schools unleashing their celebratory juniors and seniors on the roads.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspect convicted in 2012 home invasion shooting

A suspect in a Gainesville home invasion was convicted Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-Hall deputy charged with stealing county property

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with stealing county property and violating his oath as an officer.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Fire Department eyes new station in 2015

Officials with the Gainesville Fire Department hope to open a new fire station along Dawsonville Highway in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gibbs named finalist for Dawson superintendent's post

Hall County's executive director of facilities has been named the finalist as superintendent of Dawson County schools.

March 28, 2014 | By Jeff Gill and David Renner jgill@gainesvilletimes.com, drenner@dawsonnews.com | Local


Four people charged with trafficking meth

Two Gainesville men were arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine after authorities say they delivered 4 ounces of the drug.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Changes to pawnshop ordinance considered

Rather than face litigation, Gainesville City Council is expected to amend a pawnshop ordinance that has prohibited a new TitleMax from opening.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Smoking ban heading to campuses

University of North Georgia junior Ty Poole waved his electronic cigarette around while sitting in his car on the Gainesville campus.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents run, walk for for a cause

Runners and walkers gathered Thursday evening at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville for the annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer run and 2-mile Wellness Walk put on by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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