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Raising taxes suggested to fix Georgia road woes

A 1-cent statewide sales tax that would generate some $1.4 billion per year is among several "funding options" a state legislative committee is suggesting the General Assembly consider to improve transportation.

December 31, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local




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 | Chelsey 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


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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


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board denies drive-thru restaurant again

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday once again recommended a rezoning be denied for the proposed development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

January 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man charged with rape at park

A Gainesville man was arrested and charged with rape after an alleged act at a Hall County park.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula councilwoman in fair condition at ICU after crash

A Lula councilwoman was transported Saturday for injuries following a collision Saturday on Joe Chandler Road.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police looking for missing 16-year-old

Gainesville Police are looking for a 16-year-old Gainesville boy missing since December.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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