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Local church anoints animals

Grace Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday on the front lawn of Brenau University in Gainesville. "The Blessing of Animals is our way of celebrating not just the life of St. Francis, but also our reverence for God's creation, and our calling to care for the environment," said the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. "St. Francis' love of animals reflects his awareness that all creatures are blessed and loved by God."

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners to address changes to business license code

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed changes to the business license code, which have been in the works for months, at a work session today.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall inmate found dead in cell

An inmate has been found dead in a Hall County Jail cell, officials said.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


HealthSmart Expo to feature 60 wellness vendors

Free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, body mass index calculations, cholesterol testing and more, will be available to the public Wednesday.

October 05, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Panel studying violence against emergency room workers

The patient had already given police trouble, and what happened next would leave an indelible mark on the young nurse attending to her.

October 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools handle pros, cons of social media

Lt. Earl Roach doesn't use Facebook himself, but he spends plenty of time dealing with it at work.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hundreds turn out for Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood

If Santa's ready to give up the reindeer in favor of a classic car, there were plenty from which to choose at Saturday's Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood. Hundreds of cars and attendees packed the parking lot at Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, all in support of the city's Secret Santa program. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the program, which provides both necessities and toys for needy children during the holiday season.

October 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Taste of Gainesville visitors savor city’s delights

Despite the cooler temperatures, Gainesville citizens warmed up Saturday night with full plates at the Taste of Gainesville at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fall sunshine bathes ‘good family day’ at Flowery Branch festival

Standing on the porch of the Flowery Branch Historic Train Depot, Michelle Harkins surveyed the crowd.

October 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lawsuit alleges excessive force against Hall sheriff’s office

An arrest outside of a Gainesville motel room is at the crux of a civil suit against the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eagle Ranch relies on private donations to thrive

At Eagle Ranch, the needs of children in the community drive the vision for the future.

October 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville homeless describe danger in streets

Jackie Bertrim has slept with a knife under her pillow, afraid another homeless person living under the bridge would assault her.

October 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State seeks to allow more contracts for local bids

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced his intention to extend the $25,000 bidding threshold for state contracts, which expires in June.

October 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New Lake Lanier marina at Bolding Mill Park on hold

A divisive proposal to put a marina at Bolding Mill Park in northwest Hall County is at a legal standstill.

October 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 in Flowery Branch arrested, $45K in drugs seized

Two people in Flowery Branch were arrested Thursday on drug charges after a package from the Netherlands was tracked to their residence and found to contain pills, police said.

October 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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Hall inmate indicted 3 days after slaying

The suspect in the murder of a Hall County Jail inmate was indicted on a murder charge just three days after the slaying.

October 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flat Creek restoration work poised to get underway

Work could start in November on a new round of efforts to help with flood protection and water quality in Gainesville's Flat Creek watershed.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: Probable cause hearing set in cellmate murder case

A probable cause hearing has been set in the case of an inmate accused of killing his cellmate at the Hall County Jail.

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Greenway connections to be explored in Forsyth County

Forsyth County plans to explore the possibility of creating connections to the popular Big Creek Greenway through bicycle trails in District 4.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Business group supports tax extension in Dawson County

Dawson County is voting on extending the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in the Nov. 4 election, and the local chamber is getting behind it.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Husband won’t be charged in fatal car wreck that killed community leader

No charges will be filed against William Robert "Bob" Johnson, who the Georgia State Patrol said failed to yield in a Sept. 30 wreck that killed his wife, Nola "Erice" Johnson.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jarrard left Riverside over 'management decision'

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard left Riverside Military Academy over a managerial disagreement, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents.

October 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Chamber discusses, addresses health at expo

People took advantage of free health screenings Wednesday at the HealthSmart Expo in Gainesville.

October 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Two juvenile judges appointed to Hall, Dawson circuit

Two Hall County attorneys have been announced as the new juvenile court judges serving the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.

October 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ga. signs agreement to deepen Savannah harbor

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Officers practice for active shooter scenarios

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365

Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont eyeing Nov. 13 vote on electoral wards

Clermont is moving forward on proposed changes to the North Hall County city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

October 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate accused of slamming inmate’s head into concrete floor

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate's head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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