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Public invited to Gainesville City Schools’ planning meeting

The public is invited to a meeting regarding Gainesville City Schools' plans for improvement.

June 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Personnel additions, alcohol ordinance alterations on council agenda

Gainesville City Council will consider increasing staffing levels for the fire department, funding for proposed renovations to Roosevelt Square and a probation services contract for the municipal court at Tuesday night's meeting.

June 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No serious injuries in hit-and-run involving cyclist

A cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being swiped by a passenger car Monday afternoon.

June 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Area Red Cross chapter sends 16 volunteers to respond to disasters in Midwest

A few days after tornadoes raked across Oklahoma in early May, Jay Tomaseski of Gainesville found himself in a school auditorium filled with disaster victims.

June 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula OKs 2015-16 budget

Lula City Council voted unanimously Monday night to OK a $941,460 spending plan for 2015-16, giving residents another pass on paying property taxes.

June 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Business license fees likely going up

Hall County officials are moving forward with changes to the fee schedule for business licenses, which will both simplify the rate structure and slightly increase costs.

June 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Sugar Hill man delivered 114 grams of meth

A Sugar Hill man was arrested and charged with delivering 114 grams of methamphetamine to a location in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

June 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board approves tentative budget

The Gainesville City School System's tentative budget for next year was approved Monday, but the budget does not include possible millage changes.

June 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Special elections for Flowery Branch, Lula council to be held today

Flowery Branch and Lula voters go to the polls Tuesday for special elections to fill three city council seats.

June 15, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Authorities: 31 packages of synthetic marijuana, $13K seized from gas station

A Suwanee man was arrested and charged with keeping a place of gambling at a Gainesville gas station, authorities said.

June 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Area residents brace for latest challenge to federal health law

A ruling in the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act is likely this month, and local consumers, businesses and government are bracing for the potential fallout if the verdict goes against the federal health law.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: State to receive millions for testing technical problems

Students, teachers and school administrators across the state experienced some frustration this spring due to Georgia Milestones testing technical errors.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Summer school offers classes to both struggling and advanced students

Some might think of summer school simply as a necessity for struggling students, but in the Hall County and Gainesville City school districts, there's a summer-school offering for almost every student.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Strom embraces leadership role Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Six months into her term as chief of staff for Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Priscilla Strom is enjoying her post. As only the second female chief in the hospital's history, the Longstreet Clinic general surgeon has a unique past.

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Local family business highlights growth of immigrant entrepreneurs

Edgar Medrano, 23, shakes his head in amazement when thinking about the history of his family's business.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plaintiffs in Chestatee prayer case may proceed anonymously

A U.S. District Judge granted the American Humanist Association's motion Tuesday to allow the three plaintiffs in the Chestatee High School prayer case to stay anonymous.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat

A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary educates, entertains during summer school

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

June 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cook Out coming to Oakwood

Cook Out Restaurants is expanding in Hall County, adding an Oakwood location that also will serve as a regional payroll operation.

June 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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