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Local church anoints animals

Grace Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday on the front lawn of Brenau University in Gainesville. "The Blessing of Animals is our way of celebrating not just the life of St. Francis, but also our reverence for God's creation, and our calling to care for the environment," said the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. "St. Francis' love of animals reflects his awareness that all creatures are blessed and loved by God."

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners to address changes to business license code

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed changes to the business license code, which have been in the works for months, at a work session today.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall inmate found dead in cell

An inmate has been found dead in a Hall County Jail cell, officials said.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


HealthSmart Expo to feature 60 wellness vendors

Free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, body mass index calculations, cholesterol testing and more, will be available to the public Wednesday.

October 05, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Panel studying violence against emergency room workers

The patient had already given police trouble, and what happened next would leave an indelible mark on the young nurse attending to her.

October 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools handle pros, cons of social media

Lt. Earl Roach doesn't use Facebook himself, but he spends plenty of time dealing with it at work.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hundreds turn out for Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood

If Santa's ready to give up the reindeer in favor of a classic car, there were plenty from which to choose at Saturday's Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood. Hundreds of cars and attendees packed the parking lot at Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, all in support of the city's Secret Santa program. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the program, which provides both necessities and toys for needy children during the holiday season.

October 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Taste of Gainesville visitors savor city’s delights

Despite the cooler temperatures, Gainesville citizens warmed up Saturday night with full plates at the Taste of Gainesville at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fall sunshine bathes ‘good family day’ at Flowery Branch festival

Standing on the porch of the Flowery Branch Historic Train Depot, Michelle Harkins surveyed the crowd.

October 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lawsuit alleges excessive force against Hall sheriff’s office

An arrest outside of a Gainesville motel room is at the crux of a civil suit against the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eagle Ranch relies on private donations to thrive

At Eagle Ranch, the needs of children in the community drive the vision for the future.

October 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville homeless describe danger in streets

Jackie Bertrim has slept with a knife under her pillow, afraid another homeless person living under the bridge would assault her.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State seeks to allow more contracts for local bids

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced his intention to extend the $25,000 bidding threshold for state contracts, which expires in June.

October 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New Lake Lanier marina at Bolding Mill Park on hold

A divisive proposal to put a marina at Bolding Mill Park in northwest Hall County is at a legal standstill.

October 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 in Flowery Branch arrested, $45K in drugs seized

Two people in Flowery Branch were arrested Thursday on drug charges after a package from the Netherlands was tracked to their residence and found to contain pills, police said.

October 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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Number of uninsured in Hall County is dropping

The number of uninsured Hall County residents has dropped to its second-lowest level in five years, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Former lieutenant indicted in Hall sheriff’s office data deletion case

A former lieutenant with the Hall County Sheriff's Office was indicted Wednesday, accused of intentionally deleting sheriff's office data.

October 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville officials mum on fire department interviews

It is now unclear whether Gainesville officials will hold interviews with fire department personnel next week, or at any point, to discuss workplace morale and other concerns.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County explores outsourcing payroll processing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given the go-ahead for staff to seek bids from payroll services companies.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former newspaper contractor sentenced to jail for theft

Gabrielle Veronica Gibson of Buford, formerly an independent contractor who delivered newspapers to stores for The Times, was sentenced to jail time and probation on Monday on a charge of theft by taking.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk found in South Hall

A rabies case has been reported in South Hall County in the area of Candler Highway/Calvary Church Road.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Forsyth County's UDC changes made official

October 10, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


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