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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


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


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


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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Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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