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Ga. Democrats to focus on economy, health care, civil rights

Georgia Democrats have put the economy, health care and civil rights at the top of their legislative agenda for 2015 as they try to make inroads with state voters for future elections.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Deal aims to cement legacy in second term

While Gov. Nathan Deal has not yet revealed specific plans for his second term - those details will come this week during several speeches he is prepared to deliver, including Monday's inaugural and Wednesday's the State of the State address - the broad aspects of his agenda become clear in his last go-round as Georgia's chief executive, and likely his last hurrah in politics.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire destroys home of Dawson County sheriff

January 10, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville police investigate death at hotel

Gainesville Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide Saturday at the Sun Suites Hotel on Jesse Jewell Parkway.

January 10, 2015 | By Nick Watson and Chelsey Abercrombie news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fire damages mobile home in Hall County; no injuries reported

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Fire victim died of smoke inhalation in Forsyth County

January 10, 2015 | Kayla Robbins Forsyth County News | Local


Governor Deal unveils outline to aid child welfare

ATLANTA - Retaining caseworkers, managing workloads and improving communication between agencies dominated much of the discussion in the unveiling of the Child Welfare Reform Council's recommendations.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


School standards, higher education top 2015 challenges

High school standards and expectations after high school are among the top education issues Georgians can expect to see addressed by state leaders in 2015.

January 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fire damages Hall County mobile home; no one hurt

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'Jesus Loves You’ robbery suspect believed to have gang ties

Oakwood police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 3 robbery by sudden snatching at Wal-Mart, with the suspect allegedly entering the store with a "Jesus Loves You" T-shirt.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia political, agricultural leaders celebrate poultry lab opening

The cold weather Friday morning could not chill the warm spirits of those attending the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

January 09, 2015 | By David Strickland Poultry Times | Local


Community raises $4K to send Down syndrome adult to horse show

David Ruckstaetter will saddle up next month on his way to Mississippi, just as they do in the cowboy Westerns he used to watch with his grandfather.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula reviews water fees after complaints

The Lula City Council will consider scrapping an administrative fee on some water accounts, in addition to other policy changes regarding its enterprise funds, after residents recently raised concerns.

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal to unveil plan to address Georgia’s foster care crisis

Gov. Nathan Deal today will discuss the final recommendations of the Child Welfare Reform Council, which could possibly include more public-private partnerships with state agencies.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Police charge man with murder in Gainesville hotel slaying

The man Gainesville police were seeking in connection with a Jan. 10 homicide at Sun Suites Hotel now has been charged with murder in the case.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville fire department wants to expand recruit school

Difficulty finding qualified firefighters has prompted the Gainesville Fire Department to request expanding its recruit school.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Inmate accused of killing cellmate to undergo further mental evaluation

John Darrell Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville was indicted on Oct. 8 in the death of Ronald Sailers, 72, of Murrayville. Setchel is accused by authorities of slamming Sailers' head into the concrete floor repeatedly three days before the indictment.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Drones, robots key to Georgia's agriculture growth, experts say

In the next decade, the poultry industry in Georgia could include drones and robots performing tasks done today by human hands.

January 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal promises more funding for education, transportation, child welfare reform

Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to support substantial new funding for public education, transportation projects and child welfare reform in his State of the State speech Wednesday at the Capitol in Atlanta.

January 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push becoming 2nd-home market

North Georgia should strive to become a "second-home mecca" for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

January 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Funeral homes report vehicles broken into, stretcher stolen

A stretcher was stolen out of a vehicle at one local funeral home and vehicles were broken into at two other local funeral homes earlier this month.

January 14, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Full text of Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

January 14, 2015 | | Local


Proposed waterslide to bring early end to SnowWorld

Potential approval of a new waterslide will bring an early close to SnowWorld at the Lanier Islands resort in Buford.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Fall prevention coach training coming to area

A free one-day training for coaches to help older adults avoid falls is coming to Northeast Georgia.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT moving state route in Blairsville

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning changes next week to Ga. 11/U.S. 19/U.S. 129 in downtown Blairsville.

January 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County students present work at technology fair

Not every high school student can build a computer from scratch or design a program to teach people how to play guitar.

January 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Governor Deal supports increasing transportation funding

Georgia's top elected officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal, were light on transportation funding details Tuesday at a Georgia Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Atlanta.

January 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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