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Plaintiffs in Chestatee prayer case may proceed anonymously

A U.S. District Judge granted the American Humanist Association's motion Tuesday to allow the three plaintiffs in the Chestatee High School prayer case to stay anonymous.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat

A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary educates, entertains during summer school

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

June 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cook Out coming to Oakwood

Cook Out Restaurants is expanding in Hall County, adding an Oakwood location that also will serve as a regional payroll operation.

June 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chick-fil-A opens to large crowds

Opening day at the relocated Chick-fil-A on Dawsonville Highway was met with an overwhelming response Wednesday.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Speed likely a factor’ in motorcycle wreck

After flipping her motorcycle in a high speed crash on Browns Bridge Wednesday, a motorcyclist was transported via ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville school officials, stakeholders discuss strengths, weaknesses

Gainesville parents, school officials, principals and administrators old and new met in the choir room at the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, pulling their chairs into a circle to discuss what's going on in city schools.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves pay study, raises for current employees

On average, employees of the city of Gainesville earn 7.7 percent less for entry level pay than their counterparts elsewhere in the state, and 2.1 percent below market at the middle of each pay grade, according to the results of a new study released Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Work could start next spring on U.S. 129 widening

If funding is in place, the U.S. 129/Athens Highway widening project in East Hall could go out for bids later this year, with work starting next spring.

June 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Seniors team with food bank to give free meals weekly

A group of women all dressed in yellow serve fruit, bacon and grits to anyone who walks through their doors.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Beatty, Kriews head into runoff for Flowery Branch council seat

Flowery Branch voters chose one new council member in Tuesday's special election, but they aren't quite done yet as they'll head back to the polls for a runoff on July 14.

June 16, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Medical marijuana registry, commission now up and running

Tuesday was a landmark day in Georgia for supporters of medical marijuana.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Longtime resident wins Lula council seat

In a low-key special election that didn't rouse much voter interest, 25-year Lula resident Marvin Moore was elected Tuesday night to serve on the City Council.

June 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta St. shooting victim remembered as skilled Gainesville athlete, good friend

Mario Bush drove back from Stockbridge to his childhood home on Atlanta Street as soon as he saw the news on social media.

June 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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