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Oakwood City Council vote clears way for new distribution center

Oakwood City Council approved a setback change Monday night that paves the way for Performance Foodservice Milton's to build a 521,135-square-foot warehouse and distribution center off Old Oakwood Road.

June 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch council candidates share platforms in forum

Flowery Branch City Council hopefuls met in a forum Monday night, hosted by the South Hall Republican Club.

June 08, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall teachers may get 1 percent salary increase

Hall County teachers are looking at a potential salary increase for fiscal year 2016, as the school board held its first budget hearing Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Property tax increase on the table in Hall

Hall County officials are considering at least two budget scenarios for the 2016 fiscal year, including a potential property tax increase that could generate about $1.6 million in additional revenue for the general fund.

June 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to formally appoint interim city manager this week

Gainesville City Council will formally appoint Finance Director Melody Marlowe as the interim city manager during a special called meeting on Thursday morning.

June 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Aggravated assault case moved on to Superior Court

A man charged by Oakwood Police with aggravated assault chose to let his case move on to Superior Court Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Man shot by trooper after firing high-caliber rifle at patrol post

A Gainesville man may have had a death wish when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper Monday morning after pulling up to the Cleveland Highway post and firing a high-caliber rifle, authorities said Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities trying to curb graffiti vandalism

No more pencils and no more books.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Brenau interior design students to show works at High Museum

Eight graduating Brenau University students of interior design will have their work featured at the High Museum of Art this week.

June 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Alt-fuel vehicles roadshow goes on in wake of new fee, credit cut

This year's statewide tour of environmentally friendly vehicles, starting with a June 15 stop in Gainesville, has a less-than-amicable cloud hanging over it.

June 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


More details emerge in search for Lanier Tech relocation

More details are trickling out about the search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College, with sites now narrowed to six choices within Hall County.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Flowery Branch budget includes employee raises, new council software

Flowery Branch residents have two more opportunities to discuss the city's upcoming budget and property tax, with Fiscal Year 2016 set to begin July 1.

June 07, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meals on Wheels hits milestone

Thursdays are great days for Jaime Chapman.

June 07, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Downtown Gainesville strategic plan entering final stages of development

Developing a strategic plan to both spur and manage growth in downtown Gainesville has been on the wishlist of city officials since 2012, when a comprehensive plan for the entire city's growth was approved, revealing that downtown needed its own identity and goals.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trial costs rack up quickly in felony cases

When prosecutors seek the death penalty, a book with hundreds of motions kicks in that draws out a case for months, costing taxpayers thousands.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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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


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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