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Plans to make city street one-way causing a stir

In years past, when station wagons served as ambulances, passage along narrow Hillcrest Avenue in Gainesville might have been OK.

June 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Number of homeless in Georgia declines, but challenges remain

While the population of individuals living on the street continues to decline in most counties across Georgia, the proportion of homeless veterans and "chronically" homeless people is climbing, according to initial survey results released this week by the Department of Community Affairs.

June 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Man charged with gambling at Gainesville gas station

A Gainesville man was arrested Thursday and charged with keeping a place of gambling at a Browns Bridge Road gas station.

June 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police say man impersonated federal agent, patted down woman

A man pretended to be a federal agent and patted down a woman on May 23, Gainesville police said.

June 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville police looking for robbery suspect

Gainesville Police are looking for help identifying a robbery suspect who allegedly assaulted a woman on May 24 outside of a Gainesville convenience store.

June 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge & Bar: Gainesville councilwoman may testify in murder case

A Gainesville councilwoman is one of four names on a witness list from the defendant's public defender in a murder case.

June 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Politics shift rules: Competing interests sometimes spar over water regulations

The fine line between politics and policy revealed itself in an unusual setting this spring when state lawmakers put an end to the independent authority of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

June 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New senior transportation program could start in December

A primarily volunteer-run, discounted fare-based transportation program serving Hall County's seniors could begin hitting the road in December.

June 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County students spend week in specialized lessons

Not every summer school class allows students to try their hand at photography or making eclairs from scratch.

June 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville man charged with selling $56,000 of meth

Victor Hugo Mendiola-Saucedo, 27, of Gainesville was arrested at his Green Hill Road residence and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of sale of methamphetamine on Tuesday.

June 03, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville woman indicted in death of boyfriend

Almost a year since Rodney Griffeth's death, his girlfriend was indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony murder and voluntary manslaughter.

June 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Man sold kilo of meth a week for 2 years in North Georgia

A Cleveland man was arrested Monday by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, which believes he sold a kilogram of methamphetamine per week for the past two years.

June 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont ponders rules on fireworks sales

Clermont is proposing a law to regulate the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a newly passed state law that "greatly expanded" their sale and use.

June 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Council approves per diem meeting pay increase

Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase its per diem meeting attendance pay from $125 to $150, while also increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month from 10 to 12.

June 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water access for agriculture is a balancing act

A cow walks slowly through a grassy pasture toward a cool creek that meanders through green hills.

June 02, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


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More non-Hispanics visit authentic ethnic eateries

Fernando de Aguero could tell Jay Blanton all about his favorite taqueria.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall’s sewer system ready for growth

On his way out of office, Gary Gibbs spoke these prophetic words in December 2004: The key to Hall County's future is running sewer up Ga. 365 in North Hall.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Father’s Day takes on different meaning for new dad

Since the moment they found out Karen Jones was pregnant, friends and family flooded her and husband Dustin with baby care books and all manner of advice, but nothing could have truly prepared the couple for what was to come. Namely, the moment when they came home with their newborn daughter.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Ask The Times: Sorority houses closer to the street than some

The new sorority houses at Brenau on Prior Street spoil the look and feel of the college campus. Did the college have to get special zoning variances or exceptions to build them so close together and so close to the street?

June 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Decrease in Hall gang activity attributed to deportation program

The arrest last month of an alleged MS-13 gang member in Flowery Branch was one of the more recent appearances of the Salvadoran group in Hall County.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Some teachers spend summers right back at work

Teachers work hard from August through May.

June 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch plans for more art downtown

Flowery Branch City Planner John McHenry is looking for more ways to incorporate art into the downtown area.

June 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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