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State expands health care options for its employees

More vendors will be available for health care coverage of state employees, retirees and dependents, including teachers and school system employees, for the 2015 plan year.

July 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Swim lessons: Better late than never learning

We are smack in the middle of summer - a time when keeping cool is the main objective for most of us.

July 07, 2014 | By Audrey Williams awilliams@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fire burns waste and recycling yard

Gainesville and Hall County firefighters battled a debris blaze Sunday afternoon at the Gainesville Waste and Recycling yard on Old County Dump Road.

July 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Where does school budgets' money go? Salaries

The larger a number is, the less meaning it sometimes seems to carry.

July 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Biter jailed for violating probation

A Forsyth County man who was convicted in 2012 of reckless conduct after biting three 8-year-old girls has been arrested for violating his probation.

July 06, 2014 | Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Local


Slayings raise questions of safety on West Avenue

Running from Rainey Street near Gainesville High School to E.E. Butler Parkway near Queen City Parkway, West Avenue cuts a central, connecting vein through the heart of Gainesville.

July 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cost of freedom: Warriors still paying price from physical, mental injuries

The physical and mental wounds from combat are David Godfrey's enemy today, nearly four decades after his part in the Vietnam War ended.

July 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Second in a series on key issues in the Georgia Senate race

ATLANTA - The Associated Press sat down recently with the two Republicans competing for Georgia's open Senate seat to discuss three key issues. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will meet in a runoff July 22, and the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall. Below is a discussion on tax reform and how to tackle the nation's $17.5 trillion debt. Candidate remarks have been edited in some places for length.

July 06, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Centers to help kids stay out of jail

As the Georgia prison system begins to enact re-entry measures touted and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the juvenile system is seeking to provide early intervention toward gainful employment and away from crime.

July 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


No serious lake incidents so far, DNR reports

The Fourth of July weekend has been calm on Georgia lakes so far, the Department of Natural Resources reports.

July 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Veterans, first-timers take to skies at annual Cracker Fly-In

Buzzing off the runway onto the grass, Covington resident Willie Williams slowly parked his blue Zodiac in a long line of Cessnas and biplanes at Saturday's Cracker Fly-in at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

July 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Fireworks put on a show

Northeast Georgia residents celebrated the Fourth of July on Friday, with the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7's fireworks display being one of the highlights. Laurel Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville was the site for the annual pyrotechnics, which also included an offseason visit from Santa Claus.

July 05, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades

The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans relish way to relax with drum circle

Temperatures were hot, but an occasional breeze cooled things a bit, and the grassy hillside offered scenic views of Lake Lanier.

July 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Internet isn’t free; in fact, it’s pricey

The content may be free to end users, but website design and maintenance take time and cost money. It's no exception for area county and city governments, with thousands of tax dollars spent for original design or redesign work.

July 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Kids learn healthy habits, swimming at day camp

For 11-year-old Ethan Payne, the best part of day camp is getting to "move and groove."

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Costs rising to replace 2 Hall County bridges

Costs have increased more than 20 percent in two key Hall County bridge replacement projects.

July 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Full scholarships expand to 14 programs at Lanier Tech

Eleven programs have been added to a 100 percent tuition scholarship grant at Lanier Technical College.

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall day care’s license revoked over burned toddler

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued a license revocation Friday for a Clermont day care center accused of burning a toddler as three of the day care workers' criminal cases move to Superior Court.

July 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man expecting call from Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks will announce the first stop of his world tour on Monday, but it won't be at a press conference.

July 11, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Hall County Democrats have a new mission and headquarters

Hoping to rebrand their image and credentials in a politically conservative community, liberals and progressives celebrated the grand opening Thursday night of the new Hall County Democratic Party headquarters on Athens Street in Gainesville.

July 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee Mill road project step closer to fruition

Gainesville City Council is prepared to enter into an agreement next week with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for construction of a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open property for development.

July 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GOP candidates in U.S. Senate runoff spend $11M total

ATLANTA - The two Republicans vying for Georgia's open Senate seat have spent a combined $11 million so far on the race, with just over a week to go before the July 22 runoff.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Fourth lesson: Comfort in water can be natural and learned

Thursday marks the last day of my first week of the Red Cross' Adults Learning the Basics swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. With a patient instructor, Max Sumner, and a supportive classmate, Cornelia Martin, I'm so comfortable in the pool that I feel silly having avoided it for the past 23 years.

July 11, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville woman alleges racial slurs in GOP suit

A Gainesville woman's federal lawsuit filed Tuesday describes in detail a series of racially charged incidents and overheard slurs at the Georgia Republican Party that she alleges went unaddressed.

July 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County postpones SPLOST vote until March

Hall County has officially postponed a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax until March.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County approves contracts for Cherokee Bluffs park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts Thursday for infrastructure work, design and construction of Cherokee Bluffs park.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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