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No joke; Wednesday is property tax filing deadline in Hall

Today is the deadline for property owners in unincorporated Hall County to file their tax returns, and that's no April Fool's Day joke.

April 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chestatee teacher plans to travel entire shoreline of Lake Lanier over several months

April 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fanfare over, new Braselton hospital gets to work

No bells and whistles, no band playing or special prizes as Lisa Baker waited Wednesday morning to become Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's first surgery patient.

April 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


State lawmakers pass $900M bill for road funding

Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




State lawmakers pass budget agreement

April 01, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville botanical garden a month from debut as its benefactor turns 104 today

Small vibrant purple flowers cascade down the hillside near a rocky stream.

April 01, 2015 | Savannah King | Local


Braselton facility conducts dress rehearsals before opening doors

A patient, complaining of dizziness and having difficulty breathing, requires an electrocardiogram and blood transfusion. As he receives the transfusion, the man goes into cardiac arrest, setting off a series of beeps and flashing lights in his room and outside in the hospital hallway - what is called a "Code Blue."

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Martin Academy teacher heads to Costa Rica for STEM study program

A Hall County teacher will spend her summer exploring rain forests in Costa Rica while preparing a thorough science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hospital food fresh, local and made from scratch

Imagine leisurely waking up after a good night's sleep. As the sun begins to pour through the window, you pick up an in-room menu and, with the click of a button, place an order for some scrambled eggs and bacon ... and add a blueberry muffin for good measure.

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Eyes on the Road: Road marker work to cause travel delays

Motorists can expect travel delays as the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces thousands of raised pavement markers scraped off state routes by snowplows during winter storms.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital aims to turn green status into gold

Through geothermal wells and other high technology, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton hopes its green efforts in building the 100-bed hospital will turn into gold.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Braselton leader incorporates love of outdoors into new facility’s blueprint

"Anxious. Nervous. Prepared."

March 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


DOT to flip switch on new traffic signal on Ga. 365

If testing goes well, a long-awaited traffic light on Ga. 365 at Ramsey Road is set to be operational by mid-morning Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

March 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘Rain tax’ is back on the table in Gainesville

Gainesville is once again considering the idea of a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure.

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton's trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father's worst nightmare - identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

As a former CIA agent, military veteran and native Cuban, Col. Felix Rodriguez has an impassioned opinion of U.S. relations with Cuba.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chad Black appointed as Hall deputy fire chief

Hall County Fire Services announced Monday that Chad Black had been appointed to the position of deputy fire chief.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas leak causes closure at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads

A gas leak caused a shutdown of Gaines Ferry Road at McEver Road toward Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch on Monday, fire officials said.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday's family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

April 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Georgia families risk fines in resupplying medical marijuana

ATLANTA - Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday.

April 13, 2015 | Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements

Anthony Smith knows the value of "foot traffic" at The Fudge Factory, a long-time fixture on the Dahlonega square.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residential parking issue resurfaces Monday night at Oakwood City Council

A proposed ordinance restricting parking in residential areas returns to the Oakwood City Council Monday night.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Business couple to speak at Brenau

Jack Welch and Suzy Welch will share their business advice with the public at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Brenau University Pearce Auditorium.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man dies in Banks County wreck

A 41-year-old Martin man died in an early Sunday wreck in Banks County.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau hosts 2015 Fashion Show at Pearce Auditorium

The Brenau Collections 2015 Fashion Show took place at the Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus. About 400 people on campus were expected to attend the public and private events making up May Day weekend including the fashion show.

April 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Restrictions may limit child care

Thousands of Georgia children, many of whom may live in Hall County, could be turned away from child care funding because of restrictions that began in February.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs host leadership workshop

On Saturday, Sisters of Today and Tomorrow hosted its Sisters Circle and Leadership Workshop, "Awakening the Dream in Me" at the Hall County Boys & Girls Teen Club,, for a group of girls that ranged from 11-18 years old.

April 12, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


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