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Tax Break: Hurry don't wait to donate

About this time each year, Willette Bennett of Gainesville tries to clean out closets and bring used items to Goodwill of North Georgia in Oakwood.

December 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials withhold name of woman found dead in woods

The name of the woman whose body was found Saturday near McFarland Parkway/Exit 12 off Ga. 400 in South Forsyth County will be released later this week, authorities said.

December 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Local


CASA in need of volunteers for 2015

Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of abused and neglected children.

December 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Meeting on 2040 plan postponed

A fourth public meeting on Hall County's update of its 2040 transportation plan has been postponed.

December 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville woman gets help after 2 DUIs

Flipping through the pages of her "Celebrate Recovery" Bible, Sabrina Harris Humphries finds comfort in the Scripture and the personal stories inserted of addiction and triumph. She, too, was in those shoes a few years ago.

December 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville's elected mayor has influential role in 1st year

With the introduction of Gainesville's first elected mayor in 2014, the dynamics on the City Council shifted, playing out in several crucial and controversial votes.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Governor names Miller a floor leader for 2015

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, was named Tuesday as Gov. Nathan Deal's senior floor leader in the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall slaying victim identified as Honduras native

The Hall County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified a homicide victim found in North Hall on Sunday afternoon.

December 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Top 10 clicked-on stories of 2014

Meth or Spaghettios?

December 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Holiday Hope: Church program focuses on special needs children

The Wardrop family had to go halfway across the country to find a place for their son with special needs, but now that they've found one, they're not going anywhere.

December 30, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


The Local Agenda: Year in review, 2015 look ahead coming

This Thursday in The Times, reporter Joshua Silavent will recap the most important and controversial local government and development stories of 2014, including the uproar over property tax increases on lakefront properties, the emergence of new businesses in the craft beer market, and the redevelopment of Lanier Plaza, as well as other stories.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2014 proves positive for area economic development

Growth in retail, housing permits and jobs marked a turnaround for the local economy in 2014, according to a year-in-review report issued Monday by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

December 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Gas Light customers to see new surcharge

Atlanta Gas Light Co. customers will begin seeing the first in a series of escalating surcharges on their bills in January as the utility undertakes a $215 million statewide project.

December 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cause of fire appears to be electrical

The cause of the Sunday fire that displaced three occupants of an East Hall mobile home is likely electrical, according to Hall County Fire Services.

December 29, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man charged with hitting co-worker repeatedly with shovel

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault, accused of hitting his co-worker with a shovel in a May 13 altercation at a construction site.

December 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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Will Schofield, Dick Yarbrough named to education reform commission

Gov. Nathan Deal has named 33 state education experts, including Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and columnist Dick Yarbrough, to the state Education Reform Commission.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch woman charged with arson, insurance fraud

A Flowery Branch woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson and insurance fraud in connection with allegedly setting a fire at her home.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Russell McMurry named new DOT commissioner

Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry was elected Tuesday to be its new commissioner, effective immediately.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville High graduation to take place at City Park

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday night recognized students for their presentations during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery

Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Roads planning group to get 2040 plan update today

The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs receives 40 laptops from UnitedHealthcare

For an underserved youth, practicing mathematics or reading skills outside the classroom can be difficult.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Career Coach plans visits to 2 Hall County sites

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans visits within the next week to two sites in Hall County.

January 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gainesville police commander Harold Black dies at 86

After serving his country as a Marine in Korea, Harold G. Black came back to Gainesville and served the community for 32 years.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County Board of Education approves spending $70,000 for calculators

The Hall County Board of Education approved $70,000 Tuesday at its regular meeting for the purchase of classroom calculators.

January 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legacy Link shows off new Oakwood offices

Legacy Link celebrated its grand opening Tuesday in Oakwood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the building, which offers more space than its predecessor in Gainesville.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




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