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Authorities trying to curb graffiti vandalism

No more pencils and no more books.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Brenau interior design students to show works at High Museum

Eight graduating Brenau University students of interior design will have their work featured at the High Museum of Art this week.

June 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Alt-fuel vehicles roadshow goes on in wake of new fee, credit cut

This year's statewide tour of environmentally friendly vehicles, starting with a June 15 stop in Gainesville, has a less-than-amicable cloud hanging over it.

June 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


More details emerge in search for Lanier Tech relocation

More details are trickling out about the search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College, with sites now narrowed to six choices within Hall County.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Flowery Branch budget includes employee raises, new council software

Flowery Branch residents have two more opportunities to discuss the city's upcoming budget and property tax, with Fiscal Year 2016 set to begin July 1.

June 07, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meals on Wheels hits milestone

Thursdays are great days for Jaime Chapman.

June 07, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Downtown Gainesville strategic plan entering final stages of development

Developing a strategic plan to both spur and manage growth in downtown Gainesville has been on the wishlist of city officials since 2012, when a comprehensive plan for the entire city's growth was approved, revealing that downtown needed its own identity and goals.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trial costs rack up quickly in felony cases

When prosecutors seek the death penalty, a book with hundreds of motions kicks in that draws out a case for months, costing taxpayers thousands.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rhoades shares passion for accessible vehicles

Kristina Rhoades knows firsthand the benefits of an MV-1.

June 07, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


New course selection process for Gainesville students is more personalized

Students attending Gainesville Middle School, Gainesville High School Ninth Grade Center and Gainesville High School in the fall have a different process of selecting their elective courses this year.

June 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


WWII fighter pilot, a Riverside grad, to get June 18 burial at Arlington

In April 13, 1945, Lt. John W. Herb would step for the final time into his fighter-bomber - the same P-51D Mustang where he once stood on the wing, smiling broadly with goggles in hand as he posed for a picture.

World War II was nearly done, with Nazi Germany just a few weeks from surrender and Europe in tatters. But that didn't stop Allied attack missions, including the one Herb, a 1940 graduate of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, took part in as part of 368th Fighter Squadron, based out of East Wretham, England.

June 06, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Unease arises over housing redevelopments despite opportunity for change

Plans to redevelop several public and affordable apartment complexes in Gainesville underscore the city's improving commercial and residential market, but the trend also causes a sense of unease for low-income individuals who call these places home.

June 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Motorcyclist dies in Buford wreck

Gwinnett police say a motorcyclist trying to pass a car in front of him was killed Saturday morning when he collided with another automobile.

June 06, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Master Gardeners invite the public into their own backyards

Several hundred people attended the 2015 Garden Walk on Saturday that consisted of gardens spanning across Hall County.

June 06, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Irrigation system donated to Northeast Georgia History Center

"I'm too old for this!" said Lori Knuteson, laughing while she dug a trench in the soil of the victory garden at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

June 05, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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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


Chick-fil-A opens to large crowds

Opening day at the relocated Chick-fil-A on Dawsonville Highway was met with an overwhelming response Wednesday.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Speed likely a factor’ in motorcycle wreck

After flipping her motorcycle in a high speed crash on Browns Bridge Wednesday, a motorcyclist was transported via ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville school officials, stakeholders discuss strengths, weaknesses

Gainesville parents, school officials, principals and administrators old and new met in the choir room at the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, pulling their chairs into a circle to discuss what's going on in city schools.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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