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Suspect in Oakwood jewelry theft identified, arrested

A suspect has been arrested and will be charged following a recent burglary at an antiques shop in Oakwood.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area schools grapple with how to educate student refugees

Holyer Gomez Mendoza crossed the choppy Rio Grande in a small boat before U.S. officials caught him and later decided to admit him to the country as a refugee.

March 22, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Failure of medical marijuana bill leaves Hall mother sad, determined

In the expiring moments of the 2014 legislative session Thursday, Georgia lawmakers gleefully threw shredded paper in the air, a tradition signifying the end of business.

March 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Unopposed races mean fewer choices for area voters

The five incumbent Republican state lawmakers from Hall County all are running unopposed this election year, and whether that's surprising depends on who you ask.

March 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No one hurt as firefighters battle trio of blazes

Hall County fire crews battled three separate fires in the county overnight Friday into Saturday morning, fire Chief David Kimbrell reported. No one was injured in any of the fires.

March 22, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Students celebrate ribbon-cutting for farmers market

Officials, school leaders and students celebrated Farm at the Oaks, a new farmers market at Lanier Charter Career Academy, at a Friday ceremony.

March 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall cities team up on paving effort

Oakwood is leading the way in seeking bids for a repaving contract that would also serve Clermont in North Hall and South Hall County neighbors Flowery Branch and Braselton. The four governments plan to accept bids until April 10.

March 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Civic group moves to purchase Elks Lodge on Riverside Drive

The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County has entered into a contract to purchase the Elks Lodge on Riverside Drive, with an expected closing date in early May.

March 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Suspect still at large in 2013 Lula shooting

On May 23, 2013, a bullet struck Laurien Marsh in the head. She miraculously survived the shooting with minor physical consequences, but the emotional scars never healed in the months before she died Feb. 16 at age 60, her daughter said.

March 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local




Tug of war over ROTC deal

Gainesville Board of Education members will take some time next month to look over the contract the high school shares with the U.S. Navy for the junior ROTC program.

March 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Local legislation beats buzzer at Gold Dome

Rep. Carl Rogers came through for Gainesville and Hall County officials before the buzzer sounded Thursday night on the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local CVB, elections board legislation make the cut

As dusk fell Thursday on the state Capitol, lawmakers were busy on the floors of the House and Senate trying to pass last-minute legislation before the midnight end of this year's session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Experts: Earlier the better in developing language skills

Community leaders are joining to stress the importance of reading to and engaging with young children, from day one onward.

March 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gateway Industrial Centre roads nearing completion

Getting the Gateway Industrial Centre in northeast Hall County primed for tenants has been quite the challenge.

March 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region - perhaps not surprisingly - is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two overnight fires in N. Hall deemed suspicious

Two overnight fires in North Hall County are believed to be suspicious but not connected, according to Hall County Fire Services.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Curriculum, budget hot topics at school board forum

Common core, board transparency and fiscal accountability were the main topics discussed during a Thursday education forum for Board of Education candidates hosted by the Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

April 11, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia leads country in growth of women-owned businesses

There's no one road for a woman to take when it comes to owning and operating her own business.

April 11, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County commercial, industrial tax notices mailed today

Annual tax assessment notices for about 4,200 commercial and industrial properties in Hall County were dropped in the mail today, but it's not time to pay up quite yet.

April 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal backs medical marijuana trials

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced two separate efforts to pursue clinical trials on a cannabis-based drug that has shown promise in helping children who suffer from seizure disorders.

April 11, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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