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Gillsville downtown project slow to get finished

Gillsville is having to put a little more wait in its long-awaited downtown improvement project.

September 10, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

City will no longer regulate taxi cabs

The emergence of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft prompted state lawmakers this year to remove local oversight of the taxi industry.

September 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79M to test rape kits

NEW YORK - An estimated 70,000 rape kits sitting in laboratories and evidence collection rooms across the country will be tested with a combined $79 million in federal and New York City funds designed to cut the backlog of untested DNA evidence in 27 states, officials announced Thursday.

September 10, 2015 | Associated Press Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville man tapped as highway safety group vice chairman

Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and a Gainesville resident, has been elected vice chairman of the Washington, D.C-based Governor's Highway Safety Association.

September 10, 2015 | | Local

Man loses pitbull puppy in house fire

Beside the home where he used to live - now a crumbling shell of cinders - Frank Chilli leaned against a car, thumbing his smart phone.

September 10, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

United Way campaign kickoff puts volunteers to work stuffing bags for those in need

When her house burned down back in November, it was all Starr Carter could do to keep it together. The family got out safely, but she'd lost everything she owned.

September 10, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Pope will find US church struggling to hold onto Latinos

The St. John Paul II Pastoral Center, a Roman Catholic mission, sits at the rough end of a former strip mall in the shadow of an Arby's in Gainesville. The space, church leaders say, was once used as a nightclub and movie theater, a history now hidden by multiple coats of paint, pews brought in from other congregations, and a stone-and-wood shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas especially revered by Mexicans.

September 10, 2015 | By Rachel Zoll Associated Press | Local

Regal acquires area Hollywood 15 Cinema

Anton Shields remembers managing the projection booth at Hollywood Cinemas.

September 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

McDonald’s recruitment set for Monday in Gainesville

The Georgia Department of Labor will continue to help McDonald's fill about 200 part-time jobs at restaurants in Hall and Gwinnett counties next week in Gainesville. The GDOL held a similar event for the company on Sept. 3.

September 09, 2015 | | Local

United Way kickoff set for Thursday

The United Way of Hall County is holding its 2015 campaign kickoff from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Robson Event Center, 310 Broad St., Gainesville.

September 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Police: Man accused of carjacking, taking cellphone

A College Park man is accused of holding a man at gunpoint and taking his 1994 Buick Century and another man's belt and cellphone, according to Gainesville Police.

September 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

North Hall Middle plowing new ground

Sixth-graders at North Hall Middle School huddle together, eager to get their hands dirty.

September 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

UNG ranked 16th public regional university in South

The University of North Georgia was recently ranked one of the region's best universities by U.S. News & World Report.

September 09, 2015 | | Local

Hall set to make changes to sign permitting to protect free speech, define obscenity

Hall County officials are ready to lift a moratorium on sign permits after making changes to the county's ordinance to protect political and religious speech.

September 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

East Hall 16-year-old killed in Gillsville wreck

A 16-year-old Alto girl died in a crash Wednesday morning after losing control of her vehicle on a wet Gillsville road and colliding with a truck, according to Georgia State Patrol.

September 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

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Buford soldier dies in Afghanistan of injuries unrelated to combat

A Buford man died Monday in Afghanistan from non-combat related injuries, according to the U.S. Army.

September 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Candler Road crash Tuesday killed College Park man

A College Park man died after a wreck Tuesday night in Gainesville, according to Georgia State Patrol.

September 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Georgia lawmakers consider rules for Airbnb, rental sites

Finding ways to regulate and tax Internet-based travel accommodations such as Airbnb and other rental websites may be on the agenda for Georgia lawmakers when ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hoschton entrepreneur is finalist in Martha Stewart American Made contest

Hoschton entrepreneur Joel Gephart is among the finalists in the design category of the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which had its online voting begin ...

September 22, 2015 | By LeAnne Akin Times regional staff reports | Local

Seventh annual Empty Bowl luncheon raises money for local food bank

The parable of feeding the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish is one of a few lessons of Christ told in ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Former Atlanta Falcons running back charged with DUI

A former Atlanta Falcons running back was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane by the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Delay holds up child support, welfare payments across state

State officials expect debit cards for more than 4,000 recipients of child support and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, including more than 50 individuals ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Trooper says sleepy driver caused I-985 wreck Monday

A Clarkston man allegedly fell asleep while driving on Interstate 985 Monday afternoon, leading to nonlife-threatening injuries for himself and two passengers, authorities said.

September 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville Parks and Recreation earns national reaccreditation

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has earned reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park ...

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Debate between Gainesville council candidates set for Thursday

With two longtime Gainesville City Council members stepping down this year, the Nov. 3 election to replace them may be rather competitive.

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Whelchel Smith joins a crowded field in Ward 3 race

Montine Whelchel Smith, an associate minister at St. John Baptist Church, announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat in early September.

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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