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DFCS director to host Gainesville town hall meeting tonight

More than two years since its formation, the Child Welfare Reform Council's chairwoman Stephanie Blank will join Division of Family and Children Services Director Bobby Cagle for a town hall tonight in Oakwood.

May 12, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood to consider 84-unit affordable housing apartment complex

Public input has been light so far, but residents will get another chance Monday to voice opinions about an 84-unit apartment complex proposed as an affordable housing option off Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 in Oakwood.

May 08, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


House candidates answer voter questions at forum Monday night

The five men seeking the Republican nomination for the 9th District U.S. House seat will be on the line answering questions from voters and panelists at a town hall meeting tonight at Brenau University.

May 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Political observers: Donald Trump ‘needs to make nice’ with GOP

Donald Trump has gone from the potential of a contested convention for the Republican Party presidential nomination to seeing chief rival Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich drop out of the race last week after Trump's primary win in Indiana.

May 08, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Retiring longtime West Hall High band director Ernie Phillips 'demanded excellence'

Ernie Phillips bounces on his feet, leans forward to stare at band members, calls for softer or louder as students practice for the spring concert Tuesday. It will be the last concert of Phillips' 35-year career in Hall County - the last 28 at West Hall High School.

May 08, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Girl flown to Atlanta hospital after four-wheeler wreck

A 15-year-old girl was flown by medical helicopter Saturday afternoon to an Atlanta hospital after a four-wheeler accident in Habersham County.

May 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


New FDA regulations unlikely to affect local vape shops

The federal government announced new rules for electronic cigarettes last week, but local vape shop owners say the new regulations will have little effect on their business.

May 08, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adoption choices — expensive or not, foreign or domestic — grow local families

Baylor Roush clutches his toy airplane tightly while repeatedly driving the figurine off the make-believe tarmac of the living room couch.

May 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County school officials drill into test scores

Hall County school officials said test results should be viewed as only one part of how the schools are judged, even as they spent Saturday morning looking at details of the most recent scores on state testing.

May 08, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


State agencies rally to prevent infants dying in sleep

Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare.

May 08, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Candidates share fiscal concerns in Senate District 50 race

John Wilkinson has been in state politics long enough to have seen the good and bad.

May 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SLIDESHOW: UNG graduates earn diplomas at Dahlonega commencement

Commencement ceremonies were held Saturday for graduates of the University of North Georgia at the Dahlonega campus.

May 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Strawberry Festival draws big crowds to Jaemor Farms for music, fun and lots of ripe fruit

Thousands of visitors flocked to Jaemor Farms on Saturday to celebrate one of spring's greatest gifts: the strawberry.

May 07, 2016 | Alexander Popp | Local


Team Maggie fishing event raises funds to help cancer victims with fertility treatments

It's easy to lose hope or joy when you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer.

May 07, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Attorneys Breakfield, Hall vie for open State Court seat

Candidates jockeying for the open Hall County State Court bench seat compete at a time of a growing caseload.

May 07, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


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Camp Merrill plans water jump May 11 at War Hill Park in Dawson

If you see soldiers jumping from helicopters into Lake Lanier next week, don't worry, there's no emergency.

May 11, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Funeral services set Saturday for Good News at Noon founder Gene Beckstein

One of Thomas Ramirez's most vivid memories of Good News at Noon founder Gene Beckstein, who died Wednesday at age 93, came when the ...

May 11, 2016 | By Clark Leonard and Jennifer Linn news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Crash involving deer claims life of North Forsyth High student

May 11, 2016 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Young Wauka Mountain archers take dead aim at title

A dozen fifth-graders lined up Tuesday in the Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy gymnasium, nocking arrows in their bows and firing at targets yards away.

May 11, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult spelling bee all fun and games, but spellers serious about their craft

Some serious spelling went on Tuesday in Hosch auditorium at Brenau University.

May 10, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Slideshow: Atlanta Falcons strike out for school

Four Atlanta Flocons players joined Challenged Child and Friends stakeholders Tuesday evening at FunTastik Bowling Center for a bowling night benefiting the school.

May 10, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vote delayed on proposed Marriott hotel off Flat Creek in Gainesville

Environmental concerns have delayed government action on a proposed hotel off Flat Creek in Gainesville.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired council members Figueras, Hamrick to receive Quality of Life Award

A pair of longtime public officials in Gainesville will be honored with the Quality of Life Award from the Gainesville-Hall County Community Council on Aging ...

May 10, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville planning board gives thumb’s down to apartment, townhome proposals

A couple of residential developments - one involving 240 apartments and the other, 14 townhomes - were rejected Tuesday night by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Citizen journalist files lawsuit against Dawson County officers

A citizen journalist from Roswell filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against three Dawson County law enforcement officers, claiming her constitutional rights were violated at a ...

May 10, 2016 | Times and Regional reports | Local


Noted judge, attorney W.L. Norton Jr. dies at 93

Noted local judge, attorney, author and community preservationist William L. Norton Jr. died Sunday at age 93.

May 10, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities search for Buford man accused of threatening to kill mom, her animals, responding police

Buford schools were on voluntary lockdown Tuesday as authorities searched for a Buford man suspected of threatening to kill his mother, her animals and any ...

May 10, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Man charged with possessing $10K in drugs, fleeing officers

A Gainesville man faces a methamphetamine trafficking charge after authorities said they searched his home and car.

May 10, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Traffic study of Martin Road in South Hall is OK’d

A traffic study involving Martin Road, a heavily residential area in South Hall, was approved Tuesday by area government officials.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall begins process of comprehensive plan update

It's time for Hall County to update its comprehensive plan to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are calling for the public ...

May 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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