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Special elections for Flowery Branch, Lula council to be held today

Flowery Branch and Lula voters go to the polls Tuesday for special elections to fill three city council seats.

June 15, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Authorities: 31 packages of synthetic marijuana, $13K seized from gas station

A Suwanee man was arrested and charged with keeping a place of gambling at a Gainesville gas station, authorities said.

June 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Area residents brace for latest challenge to federal health law

A ruling in the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act is likely this month, and local consumers, businesses and government are bracing for the potential fallout if the verdict goes against the federal health law.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: State to receive millions for testing technical problems

Students, teachers and school administrators across the state experienced some frustration this spring due to Georgia Milestones testing technical errors.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Summer school offers classes to both struggling and advanced students

Some might think of summer school simply as a necessity for struggling students, but in the Hall County and Gainesville City school districts, there's a summer-school offering for almost every student.

June 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Strom embraces leadership role Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Six months into her term as chief of staff for Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Priscilla Strom is enjoying her post. As only the second female chief in the hospital's history, the Longstreet Clinic general surgeon has a unique past.

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Local family business highlights growth of immigrant entrepreneurs

Edgar Medrano, 23, shakes his head in amazement when thinking about the history of his family's business.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hunters, anglers invited to forum on improving services for outdoorsmen

Hunters and anglers looking for possible expanded services can express their concerns to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources today and online for the next three weeks.

June 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Larkin honored by Gainesville High

Gainesville High principal LaCrisia Larkin is retiring this month after a 33-year career with the school. She was honored and presented with gifts in a reception at the school on Sunday.

June 14, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Man arrested after car chase, foot pursuit

A Gainesville man was arrested Saturday night for alleged assault on a peace officer, DUI and child endangerment following a car chase and foot pursuit through the city.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘From the start, Chicopee was a cut above’

If you stroll the roads of Chicopee Village or wander the snaking woodland trails, you're tracing the same steps that Robert Wood Johnson Jr. walked some 90 years ago as he sought land for the family's medical supply empire.

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Country legend performs at Smithgall garden

Robert Cooper of Gainesville has just about every Emmylou Harris album you can imagine. From her critically acclaimed 1975 record "Pieces of the Sky," to the most recent release, "The Traveling Kind."

June 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


2 vie for Lula City Council seat

One thing's for sure about Tuesday's special election: First Baptist Church of Lula will have a representative on the Lula City Council.

June 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Juneteenth takes over Midtown Greenway to celebrate freedom

People came out Saturday to celebrate the third annual Juneteenth, a Celebration of Freedom Event held at Midtown Greenway at 682 Grove St. in Gainesville.

June 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Cuisine to corrections: Restaurateur leaves business to work at prison

The restaurant business burned out Jim Lockaby, whose culinary savvy behind a stove has been seen on an Alaskan oil rig and the Cleveland Dairy Queen Brazier.

June 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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Police: Elderly man in electric scooter, others arrested in alleged Wal-Mart TV theft

An elderly man on an electric scooter allegedly aided two other suspects in stealing a 50-inch flat screen television from Wal-Mart early Monday, Oakwood Police said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Free meals will still be available at some schools through July

June is coming to a close, and so are many lunchrooms in Hall County and Gainesville schools.

June 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Amtrak, which has had a longtime presence in Hall County, could get a serious funding boost if a bill now moving through Congress eventually passes.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

June 22, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

June 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn't hurt business.

June 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

June 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Teacher interns at UGA genetics lab this summer

Laurie Brown, a science teacher at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, is spending her summer in someone else's science lab.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Another historic Lula building gets face-lift

Downtown Lula is getting another makeover, thanks in large part to an Atlanta native who has become endeared by the northeast Hall County city's past.

June 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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