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Second in a series on key issues in the Georgia Senate race

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will meet in a runoff July 22, and the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall. Below is a discussion on tax reform and how to tackle the nation's $17.5 trillion debt. Candidate remarks have been edited in some places for length.

July 06, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Centers to help kids stay out of jail

As the Georgia prison system begins to enact re-entry measures touted and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the juvenile system is seeking to provide early intervention toward gainful employment and away from crime.

July 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


No serious lake incidents so far, DNR reports

The Fourth of July weekend has been calm on Georgia lakes so far, the Department of Natural Resources reports.

July 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Veterans, first-timers take to skies at annual Cracker Fly-In

Buzzing off the runway onto the grass, Covington resident Willie Williams slowly parked his blue Zodiac in a long line of Cessnas and biplanes at Saturday's Cracker Fly-in at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

July 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fireworks put on a show

Northeast Georgia residents celebrated the Fourth of July on Friday, with the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7's fireworks display being one of the highlights. Laurel Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville was the site for the annual pyrotechnics, which also included an offseason visit from Santa Claus.

July 05, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades

The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans relish way to relax with drum circle

Temperatures were hot, but an occasional breeze cooled things a bit, and the grassy hillside offered scenic views of Lake Lanier.

July 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Internet isn’t free; in fact, it’s pricey

The content may be free to end users, but website design and maintenance take time and cost money. It's no exception for area county and city governments, with thousands of tax dollars spent for original design or redesign work.

July 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Cost of freedom: Families sacrifice as loved ones serve

The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter working in factories and keeping the country's economic engine running while young men fought overseas in World War II remains a staple of American lore.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US Senate candidates talk immigration

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues.

July 05, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Child protective services investigators work to clear backlog

Investigators with child protective services have been ordered to work at least eight hours per week of overtime to address 3,300 overdue cases statewide.

July 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Person sought in reported drowning found safe

A person who was reported to have drowned has been found safe, according to Hall County Fire Services.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Athens Street to close at railroad crossing

Athens Street at the railroad crossing will be closed from Monday to Aug. 1 in Gainesville, the city has announced.

July 04, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Van service to VA hospital vital for veterans

The three men slipped out of their vehicles as the passenger van rolled up at daybreak Tuesday at the Big Lots in Gainesville.

July 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Service offers tows for drunken boaters

As boaters take to the water in droves, one captain, as he styles himself, is hoping his Lake Lanier business stays afloat in the minds of boaters who drink alcohol in America's honor.

July 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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TV 18 funding causes confusion

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Gainesville last week to continue splitting the cost of operating the local government channel, TV 18.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fifth lesson: Breaststroke practice ends in disappointment

The first class of my second week of taking adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center was more of a sink than a swim.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New hospital in Braselton seeks employees

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is "on track" to filling 500-600 positions needed to staff the new South Hall hospital, which is set to open next spring, a hospital official said Monday.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Garth Brooks reveals tour info to Gainesville man

After a weekend of anticipation, Andy Roberts finally got a call from Garth Brooks announcing the first stop on his worldwide tour.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Junior League distributes food at new location

Junior League of Gainesville and Hall County continues to help local families by providing food to the needy, but the group's move to a new office location stalled growth with a low turnout at last month's distribution.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


Oakwood OKs short-term loan

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to take out a short-term loan of up to $400,000 to cover expenses.

July 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville considers road project agreement

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an agreement with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority about constructing a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open for property development.

July 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Longstreet Society celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Longstreet Society held a volunteer work day Saturday to clean up the grounds and do minor repairs to the Piedmont Hotel for the society's 20th anniversary.

July 14, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Gainesville host of World War II reunions dies

Asa Autry's military devotion extended way beyond his service in World War II.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: School board meetings in Gainesville to change venue

Starting July 21, Gainesville's regular Board of Education meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the municipal center on Queen City Parkway.

July 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth planning new parks on Lanier

July 14, 2014 | By Megan Reed Times regional staff | Local


Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.

July 14, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Trucking, logistics site planned at Lula industrial park

The owner of Gainesville trucking and logistics companies is seeking a rezoning so he can build corporate offices and maintenance facilities off Ga. 365 in Lula.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Don Carter State Park celebrates first year

Ronald Brown doesn't just visit Don Carter State Park - he frequents it.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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