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New senior transportation program could start in December

A primarily volunteer-run, discounted fare-based transportation program serving Hall County's seniors could begin hitting the road in December.

June 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County students spend week in specialized lessons

Not every summer school class allows students to try their hand at photography or making eclairs from scratch.

June 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville man charged with selling $56,000 of meth

Victor Hugo Mendiola-Saucedo, 27, of Gainesville was arrested at his Green Hill Road residence and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of sale of methamphetamine on Tuesday.

June 03, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville woman indicted in death of boyfriend

Almost a year since Rodney Griffeth's death, his girlfriend was indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony murder and voluntary manslaughter.

June 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Man sold kilo of meth a week for 2 years in North Georgia

A Cleveland man was arrested Monday by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, which believes he sold a kilogram of methamphetamine per week for the past two years.

June 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont ponders rules on fireworks sales

Clermont is proposing a law to regulate the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a newly passed state law that "greatly expanded" their sale and use.

June 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Council approves per diem meeting pay increase

Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase its per diem meeting attendance pay from $125 to $150, while also increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month from 10 to 12.

June 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water access for agriculture is a balancing act

A cow walks slowly through a grassy pasture toward a cool creek that meanders through green hills.

June 02, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Runoff can become big problem, especially when it rains

Landscape Management Co. employees don't just work to keep their customers' lawns green.

June 02, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch, Lula votes present learning opportunity for new elections board

Special elections June 16 to fill unexpired council terms in Flowery Branch and Lula are fast approaching, and the new Hall County elections board identified its role at a meeting Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Online blind date leads to robbery

A man lured to Dawsonville by a woman he met on the Internet was reportedly ambushed when he arrived at her home.

June 02, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Feroli is Humane Society’s first medical director

When asked why she chose a profession working with animals, Jaime Feroli will ask a question back.

June 02, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall school board approves new leadership

Four current Hall County employees were recently promoted to leadership positions, which school officials said is a reflection of the strength of the district's employees.

June 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Bus system campaign slated to begin in July

Hall Area Transit plans on rolling out its new "Connecting You" marketing campaign in early July for the fixed-route Gainesville Connection bus service.

June 02, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Communication key in emergency medical drill with new hospital campus

The emergency loading area for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville was stuffed to the gills with nurses and doctors assisting fake triage patients in a disaster drill Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | 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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