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Area hospital trends mirror national drug problem

HARTFORD, Conn. - A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them, and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.

May 10, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Class Notes: Brenau opening Florida campus

Brenau University recently received approval to spread its reach beyond Georgia's borders.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Free workshop aims to help residents save hemlock trees

The time to inspect your hemlock trees is now, according to the Save Georgia's Hemlocks nonprofit organization.

May 10, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fun for funds: Adult spelling bee supports literacy

Not all spelling bees are created equal.

May 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville native to join SpaceX as rocket scientist

Gainesville native Benjamin Klein is about to realize the dream shared by young and old alike.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vision 2030 group recommends names for Hall’s new trail system

Hall County's burgeoning trail system may get a new name and logo this week, as officials hope to stir interest in area pedestrian and bicycling pathways.

May 10, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Forsyth’s Central Park losing bike trail

May 09, 2015 | By Kelly Whitmire Forsyth County News | Local


Foster recruiting for Division of Family and Children Services gets funding boost

With a staff of seven at her disposal, Rebecca Davidson is out meeting with families across North Georgia to see if their family tree can take one - or two - more children.

May 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia lengthens its global reach

Not many American universities have pending agreements with universities in countries like Serbia and Vietnam, but the University of North Georgia does.

May 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County workers may get pay hikes next year

Though there appears to be little appetite for new programs or hiring, Hall County officials are coming to a consensus on giving employees a cost of living adjustment, merit increase or some other pay hike in the next budget.

May 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jaemor Farms visitors savor a hand-picked taste of spring

Jaemor Farms opened its strawberry fields to the public Saturday for the second annual Strawberry Festival, and the people of Northeast Georgia met them at the gate.

May 09, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area residents hit the lake, enjoy summerlike weather

The bass weren't hitting Saturday at Balus Creek Park on Lake Lanier.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Man recovering after being stabbed while jogging Friday

A man who was jogging in his neighborhood Friday night was stabbed after two suspects approached him and asked for money, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Annual Relay for Life event to kick off May 15

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back are the cornerstones of Relay for Life, with this year being no exception.

May 09, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


‘Saying thanks’ to our moms on their special day

What kind of gift should you buy for Mother's Day? Jewelry? Flowers? Something more specific?

May 08, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Free meals will be available for children in summer

Many children are reasonably well-fed from August to May - eating hot, balanced breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Friday.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Slippery slope concerns arise as Hall officials debate trash dumping rate

Concerns about setting a bad precedent have given pause to some Hall County officials over whether to approve a discounted rate for a private trash collection service to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tri-state group OKs water management plan for basin

A private tri-state water group has settled in six years what remains a thorny issue for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after 20 years - the sharing of waters in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Major companies moving away from antimicrobial use in chickens

Nick Ball says putting antibiotics in poultry is "putting bandaids over bulletholes."

May 13, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Badge & Bar: Day care owner in toddler burn case pleads not guilty

The day care owner accused by the Hall County Sheriff's Office of concealing information in an investigation into a burned toddler has pleaded not guilty.

May 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

May 13, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Putting it all on the line for literacy

It's a "brain-teasing, crowd-pleasing, good-time romp," and it lasted for hours Tuesday night.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Additional Ahaluna annexation moving forward

Gainesville is moving forward with annexing property along Ahaluna Drive, a result of an agreement with Hall County to avoid litigation, after the Planning and Appeals Board signed off on the proposal Tuesday night.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cities team up for 2015 roads paving effort

Oakwood is about to embark on another paving project with other area governments.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System's Corporate Plaza to serve two hospital campuses

A ribbon cutting Tuesday for Northeast Georgia Health System's Corporate Plaza gave leaders with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce the chance to peek inside the new, modern home of more than 350 support services employees.

May 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Former Hall jailer pleads guilty to drug possession

A former Hall County Jail employee accused by federal authorities of smuggling cocaine into the jail entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Hall investigator pleads guilty in bribery case

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a count of accepting a bribe from a suspected drug dealer.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville fire crews working gas leak, fire on Hidden Hollow Drive

Gainesville fire crews responded to a gas leak and fire Tuesday afternoon in a residential area.

May 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall area’s 2040 transportation plan approved

Top elected officials gave their final approval of a long-range, $1.77 billion transportation plan for the Hall County area Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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