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Blue Sky Concerts return

October brought the return of the Blue Sky Concert Series on Wednesday to downtown Gainesville. The Steve Bryson Band kick-started the weekly noon concert series, with the pop/dance tunes of Stokeswood to follow on Oct. 8.

October 01, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Construction underway at Brenau

The foundation is poured and early framework is up for new sorority houses on Brenau University's Gainesville campus.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Prominent Gainesville Realtor killed in car wreck; husband in ‘fair condition’

A prominent Gainesville Realtor died Tuesday after a car crash on Ga. 365 in front of Jaemor Farms.

October 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Law officials express cautious support for medical marijuana

While expressing support for limited use of medical marijuana, law enforcement officials from across the state Wednesday warned of a slippery slope leading to legalized recreational use.

October 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall schools move 54 refugee students to separate program

54 Central American refugee students, some of whom cannot read or write, have been moved from their schools into a separate program at Lanier Charter Career Academy.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Community leader Ellard remembered for sincerity, dedication

P. Martin Ellard's passions went far beyond his affinity for numbers.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


School receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second-largest gift in its history: property worth an estimated $5.2 million

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to end today

Gainesville and Hall County residents will again be allowed to burn, beginning today, with the proper permits, according to county and city fire officials.

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on Thursday

The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 5–7 p.m. Thursday in Braselton.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Cory Jackson, a freshman at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, was taken aback by news that all tobacco use will be banned on all parts of the campus, including inside cars, starting today.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


South Hall crossing gets second look for traffic light

Because of a South Hall County neighborhood's concerns about safety, the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a second traffic light study at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Railroad moving ahead on Flowery Branch culvert repair

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is moving forward on one of two culverts it has planned to repair, while the second one will likely be on hold until the first of the year.

October 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Twenty-six delegates of the Nigerian Quintessential Business Women Association visited Brenau University on Tuesday in Gainesville and met for a question-and-answer session with students.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


United Way reading initiative hires coordinator

The Read Learn Succeed initiative from the United Way of Hall County took its first step toward improving childhood literacy and education last week in hiring a program coordinator.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


BlueCross, hospital agree to new long-term contract

The contract impasse between Northeast Georgia Health System and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia is over.

September 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | 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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