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Transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges.

February 09, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Hosting foreign students learning experience for all

When foreign exchange students come to the U.S., they're not the only people learning about a new culture.

February 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Class Notes: North Hall High students excel in cattle show

Some students play basketball, baseball or football, but students in the Hall County agriculture programs have an opportunity to compete in a different kind of high school competition.

February 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Elachee Nature Science Center takes in bird blinded in left eye

Elachee Nature Science Center's newest tenant has had a rough start to the new year.

February 09, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Divers recover body in Lake Lanier

The Hall County dive team found a body Sunday night in Lake Lanier, a law enforcement official said.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lights, concessions, stands coming to city ballfield

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department is ready to bid out improvements to a ballfield that include lights, concessions, restrooms and spectator seating.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bill would allow sale of national forest land

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has introduced a bill that would allow the sale of 3,841 "underused" acres in the Gainesville-based Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Russian adoption ban entangles North Georgia families

The last time the Romano family saw its potential adoptive son Yura, it was in an orphanage in the St. Petersburg area of Russia.

February 08, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Man charged in Craigslist plot to drug, harm wife

A Gainesville man is accused of trying to buy a date rape drug through Craigslist as part of a sexual assault scheme targeting his wife.

February 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia DOT chief’s post becomes a hot seat

As Russell McMurry of Hall County was getting sworn in Jan. 20 as Georgia Department of Transportation's new planning director, the revolving door that is that department's top job swung again.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Distractions, demands echo through legislature in session at the state Capitol

ATLANTA - The steps to the entrance of the state Capitol in Atlanta aren't quite as inspiring as those Rocky triumphantly ascends, arms raised when he reaches the top, ready for the fight of his life. But they do stir a sense of anticipation about what could be.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


When student conduct crosses the line, schools respond

Last week, a threatening message written on a Gainesville High School bathroom wall led to a search of the school and heightened security the next day.

February 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Event at Brenau University focuses on dementia

A special weekend program at Brenau University's School of Occupational Therapy sought to address challenges faced by caregivers dealing with individuals suffering from dementia. The Gerontology Conference and Dementia Care Workshop at the Brenau University Downtown Center drew more than 250 Brenau faculty and students Saturday from occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and gerontology programs, as well as caregivers, family members of dementia patients, assisted living facility workers and community members.

February 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'German Mardi Gras’ Fasching parades through Helen, then down Chattahoochee

HELEN - Sunny skies and bright costumes lit up North Georgia's Bavarian village Saturday for Fasching, the German celebration of Mardi Gras.

February 07, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


2 inmates earn GEDs at Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center

Two juvenile offenders have passed the test to earn their GEDs in the program's first year at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

February 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Gainesville Police couldn't let it go any longer.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Some roads are slick this morning in Hall County following a dusting of snow.

February 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power companies worked feverishly last week to restore power to tens of thousands, but there was still work to be done Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway

In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

February 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood delays action on residential parking ordinance

A proposal to limit parking in the front of houses in Oakwood will get further study from the city's planning commission.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively

After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools leaning toward becoming IE2 system

The Hall County Board of Education is considering giving its strongest schools a bit more flexibility.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Armed robbery case moving to Superior Court

A Hall County man accused of armed robbery and aggravated assault had his case moved forward to Superior Court.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Rape case committal hearing continued to March

A case involving a 16-year-old accused of rape was continued to a later date.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lone tennis court repair bid for Deaton Creek fails to satisfy

Spring may arrive without fixes to a troubled tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood in Hoschton.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspect’s ex-wife, Flowery Branch man killed in Clarkesville shooting

A former deputy shot and killed his ex-wife and wounded the Habersham County sheriff and a deputy in an ambush Sunday night at a Clarkesville home, authorities said.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Hall jailer arraigned on bribery, smuggling charges

A Hall County jailer has been arraigned on federal charges that he accepted bribes and smuggled contraband into the jail.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Forecast calls for wintry mix tonight

A winter weather advisory for much of North Georgia calls for a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight, though less than an inch of snow in the Gainesville area.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST money would help N. Hall cities mainly with parks and infrastructure

The money isn't huge, especially spread over five years, and would be used mainly for routine projects, but it's vital nonetheless, said government officials in the cities of North Hall County.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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