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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


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


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Rhetoric heats up in Georgia governor’s race

The campaign stops featured warm and fuzzy, feel-good settings, but the candidates for Georgia governor pounded each other rhetorically on Monday as voter registration closed and they prepared for their first head-to-head debate.

October 06, 2014 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Gainesville schools may expand pre-K program

The Gainesville City Board of Education moved Monday night toward possibly adding new pre-kindergarten classes.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system moves closer to decision on whether to become charter system

Hall County schools got some long-awaited clarification Monday to rules that will affect whether or not they become a charter system.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Proposed Hall code changes would require business license before opening

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

October 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood holds second of three hearings on tax increase

Another Oakwood tax hearing, another small crowd.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate suspected of murder in inmate's death

The cellmate of a Hall County Jail inmate found dead Sunday has been charged with murder.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Rabid cat found in East Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Tara Trail area of East Hall County after a rabid dog came in contact with a rabid cat.

October 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Award-winning author to read her poetry at UNG

Xánath Caraza, a linguist and award-winning poet and fiction writer, will visit the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses this week to read from her books "Conjuro" and "Silabas de viento."

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


UNG hits enrollment record

The University of North Georgia is bucking national trends on college enrollment.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Today is last day to register to vote in ’14

If you're not registered to vote, today is the last day to do so in order to vote in the November general election.

October 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Friends group to help develop Don Carter State Park

As former manager at James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park in Summerville, Will Wagner has been down this road before, with good results.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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