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Forsyth voters approve transportation referendum

Forsyth County residents may see construction begin to thin traffic congestion along Ga. 400 and other sore spots by next year after a $200 million bond referendum to fund road projects passed in Tuesday's election.

November 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins Times regional Staff | Local


Gas prices expected to stay low through Thanksgiving, analysts say

Prices at the pump have been falling consistently for the past several weeks nationwide, and Gainesville has been no exception.

November 06, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Roads not only concern in transportation planning

The talk was mostly about roads, but concerns also were raised in a transportation public meeting Thursday night about bicycle paths, airport improvements and even the long-range possibility of commuter rail.

November 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG public safety chief, faculty discuss emergency preparations

Every college or university is vulnerable to a natural or manmade disaster. University of North Georgia Public Safety Chief Justin Gaines wants to do something about that.

November 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Audit reveals systemic problems at ethics commission

An audit of the state ethics commission has revealed systemic problems, including inequitable handling of complaints, fines and investigations, within the agency.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials plan new SPLOST VII meetings

Hall County officials have announced they will host two additional public input meetings in an effort to generate interest and support for a new round of special purpose local option sales tax.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Mobile job-search unit to offer assistance Nov. 19

Georgia Mountains Workforce Development is bringing its Mobile Career Coach to the Spout Springs library in Flowery Branch on Nov. 19 to help residents with job-searching skills.

November 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elderly, indigent can apply for help with their heating costs

The Georgia Department of Human Services is offering help with home heating costs for those who meet income eligibility requirements and are either homebound due to health reasons or live in a household in which everyone is 65 or older.

November 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lanier Tech career fair brings applicants in droves

Students and job seekers in the community donned their business-professional attire Wednesday and mingled with more than 60 potential employers.

November 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge and Bar: City police receive $1K grant from railroad company

The Gainesville Police Department may pass Go and collect $1,000 after landing at the railroad Wednesday morning with Norfolk Southern officials.

November 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Joggers share precautions used during exercising

After training for the Chicago Marathon last year, LeAnne Gilleland decided to purchase a handgun and a permit to protect herself.

November 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man who restored ‘Miss Daisy’ car dies at 80

Tolbert N. Lester Jr. had his favorite car, a 1957 Ford Ranchero, but the Gainesville man was best known for another set of wheels - a maroon Hudson featured in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy."

November 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall deputy says teen assault victim was ‘targeted’

A 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Sunday escaped her alleged captor when a neighbor knocked on the door, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

November 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Voter demographics reveal GOP’s success

So much for a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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SBDC plans Women’s Business Expo

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its third annual Women's Business Expo on Nov. 21 at The UGA Special Collections Library in Athens.

November 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Faulty data has flagged Hall railroad crossing for closure

An investigation by The Times has revealed a pattern of misreporting data by state and federal authorities concerning the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Father, son share bond spanning 60 years in the Army

The timing of their reunion in Gainesville - just before Veterans Day - couldn't be more appropriate.

November 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many fall one step shy of their diploma

Carley Kilcrease walked across the stage at Flowery Branch High School's 2014 graduation. But instead of a diploma, she was handed a certificate to say she had completed high school yet didn't earn that final piece.

November 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Schools aim students for careers, not just college

College isn't for everybody.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Brenau takes top mediation team award

Brenau University took top honors Saturday in the 15th annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held at the Gainesville campus.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


CASA honors veteran juvenile judge Jolliff at fundraiser

After a quarter of a century, a stalwart of the Hall County Juvenile Court was honored Saturday night for his dedication to children of abuse or neglect.

November 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Festival with a message: HemlockFest concludes Sunday

HemlockFest, a family-friendly festival with an environmental theme, continues through 4 p.m. today at Starbridge Retreat, 396 Starbridge Road, Murrayville.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville officials weigh in on fire department concerns

After weeks of silence, top Gainesville officials are now speaking out about concerns that inadequate pay is causing attrition and low morale in the city fire department.

November 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau hosts International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament

Students from around the world are competing at Brenau University this weekend to see who is the best peacemaker.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Outdoor burn causes forest fire in Hall County; no injuries reported

Two acres of wooded area were burned Friday afternoon, believed to have been caused by an "unattended outdoor burn," according to Hall County Fire Services interim deputy chief Chad Black.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated for breathing problems when fire system malfunctions

Hall County Fire Services determined three workers suffered breathing problems and respiratory irritation Friday after a fire suppression system malfunctioned.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County fire personnel, man with garden hose extinguish structural fire at home

Hall County Fire Services responded Friday morning to reported structure fire at a Heritage Crossing home.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Roll up your sleeve and keep the flu bug at bay

A co-worker calls in sick Monday. Another calls Tuesday. By the end of the week, it feels like sickness has wiped out your whole office.

November 08, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Report: Motorcyclist was thrown 16 feet in fatal crash

A motorcyclist in an Oct. 8 crash was thrown 16 feet from his motorcycle after veering off a Lula road, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.

November 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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