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Vandals deface Gainesville church with racist graffiti

When Robert Bonds found out First Baptist Church had been vandalized, the Gainesville resident got a bucket of paint and tried to cover the defacement. He knelt at the steps outside the building Saturday afternoon, painting over racially-charged graffiti.

September 13, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

You heard it here: Katie B. Davis sports high heel shoes

Here are a few things we heard this week that we thought you might find interesting.

September 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Gainesville mill alums relive happy days in village

People who worked, lived or went to school in Gainesville Mill Village gathered Saturday to celebrate their heritage.

September 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Murrayville man, 78, was fatal victim of Friday's 2-vehicle crash

One person died and two others suffered injuries that were not life-threatening after a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Thompson Bridge Road at Virginia Circle in Gainesville.

September 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Dragon Boat Festival draws record crowds to Lanier venue for races, culture

Steve Barclay travels the world.

September 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Skies a bit gloomy today but great for Sunday

Fall is officially 11 days away, but North Georgians can turn down the AC and take a short break from the summer heat with some cooler fall temperatures over the next few days.

September 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Pearl Harbor survivor turns 100

Henry T. "Jeep" Woodliff was in the U.S. Army, stationed on the island of Oahu Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the noise above. He looked up to see hundreds of Japanese fighter planes headed straight for Pearl Harbor.

September 11, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Commissioners postpone vote on GPS tracking technology

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday tabled a vote on a contract to implement a pilot program to track government vehicles in the hopes of reducing fuel costs, fraud and liability.

September 11, 2015 | | Local

Panel on foster care set Sunday at First Baptist

A foster care panel will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church banquet hall, 751 Green St., in

September 11, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Man crashes motorcycle, dies after fleeing from deputies

A man on a motorcycle died after crashing into some trees Thursday night a short while after deputies attempted to stop him for running a stop sign, according to authorities.

September 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

9/11 memorial events remind Americans that ‘real heroes still do exist’

Fourteen years after 9/11, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch recalled the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and how "real heroes still do exist."

September 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Man pleads guilty, will serve 20 years in prison for West Avenue slaying

A Gwinnett County man originally charged with murder pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter and other charges, leading to a 20-year prison sentence.

September 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Lavonia woman indicted in threat against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville

Authorities say a Lavonia woman is in federal custody after prosecutors say she threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville.

September 11, 2015 | From Times, wire reports | Local

Billy Powell will not seek chairman’s seat on Hall County Board of Commissioners

Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell has heard the speculation.

September 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Mount Vernon Exploratory School celebrates first responders

Emergency sirens wail, and students at Mount Vernon Exploratory School squeal with delight.

September 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

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Flowery Branch may ban some outdoor drop boxes

Outdoor drop boxes may be allowed in Flowery Branch, but only those related to the property they're on.

October 02, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Ask the Times: Texting and driving is hard charge to mark

Question: Does local law enforcement actually enforce that ban on texting while driving?

October 01, 2015 | | Local

Junior League thrift sale begins with double-price event

Hundreds of chairs, dozens of sofas, countless boxes of clothing and piles of knick-knacks and necessities, from televisions and toasters to Christmas stockings and coasters ...

October 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Brenau homecoming parade set for Saturday

Brenau University's homecoming parade will begin circling the "Brenau Mile" at 4 p.m. Saturday.

October 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Sheriff’s Office kicks off health initiative in schools

The tire-flipping Hall County Sheriff's Office sergeant and fellow law enforcement are leading an effort of healthier choices for school children.

October 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Burn ban lifted in Hall County

As of Thursday, Hall County residents can again burn yard debris with proper permits.

October 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Health Expo offers free screenings, focus on older residents

Next week's ninth annual HealthSmart Interactive Health & Wellness expo will focus on the older population of Hall County. It will include free health screenings ...

October 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Deputy honored for protecting victim, children in domestic dispute

Hall County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jason Bailes recalled one of the closest calls for Deputy Matthew Norman and others responding to a domestic dispute ...

October 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Options available to those who don’t receive tag renewal notice

Delays in mailing motor vehicle tag renewal notices for those drivers with October birthdays finally got some explanation late this week.

October 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

9 proposals to improve downtown Gainesville

A new concept plan for downtown Gainesville focuses on the area's potential and how it can meet the desires of millennials and Generation Xers ...

October 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

10 local tradesmen honored during Master Craftsmen event

In partnership with Lanier Technical College on Thursday, officials honored 10 skilled tradesmen from around the county who, according to Hall County School District Superintendent ...

October 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Local church celebrates 5,000th blood donation

After taking a machine gun bullet to the leg on April 9, 1945, in Erbach, Germany, Kennedy Smartt was soon thereafter touched by the kindness ...

September 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Veterans group donates hospital beds to nursing home

The Gainesville-based veterans group made Curt Pritchett's day.

September 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Downtown plan to be unveiled today

The Gainesville City Council will get its first look at a new downtown strategic plan when it meets this morning.

September 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Delay of tag renewal notices causing confusion

That feeling when the motor vehicle tag renewal notice shows up in the mail around your birthday - it's kind of like getting coal in ...

September 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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