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Our Views: A year of decision

One of the top stories of 2008 and 2007 likely will loom again in a year's time when we review the biggest local news headlines of 2009.

December 28, 2008 | Times Editorial Board | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor

Protecting a pet project

It's been interesting watching the evolution of animal welfare in Hall County over the years. Bessie Vickers began our humane society, spent her money and time caring for the homeless animals of the region, and later donated the family land she had used to start her mission. After stringent interview sessions, "Miss Bessie" placed many dogs and cats with prospective adopters. Due to space limitations, many had to be euthanized.

December 28, 2008 | BY John C. Sundstrom For The Times | Viewpoint

Kicthen inspections for Dec. 2-18

Dec. 2

December 27, 2008 | | Kitchen inspections


Meredith Button Caudill and Barney Lamar "BJ" Williams Jr. were united in marriage at 6 p.m. May 24, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Snellville. The bride is the daughter of Mary Jane and James Phillip Caudill of Snellville. The groom is the son of Donna and Barney Lamar Williams Sr. of Flowery Branch.

December 27, 2008 | | Weddings

High school scoreboard: Armour's 41 points leads Banks County

Led by Chase Armour's 41 points, the Banks County High basketball team picked up its seventh straight win with a 85-70 victory against Stephens County on Friday in the Piedmont Christmas Tournament at Piedmont College in Demorest.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | High schools

Braves brass slam agents


December 27, 2008 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Rookie Ryan no longer flying under the radar

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan was asked this week if the NFL had named him a Pro Bowl alternate.

His eyes instantly lit up, but then the Atlanta Falcons' 23-year-old rookie quarterback sidestepped his inner emotional rush and assessed the situation.

December 27, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local

Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local

North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Aldrich: Winter angling can be great

The lake level is around 19-feet low at 1,052 feet (full pool is 1,071 feet). Lake temperatures remain around 50 degrees. The main lake and creeks are clear to slightly stained and the Chattahoochee River is stained. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

December 26, 2008 | BY ERIC ALDRICH For The Times | Outdoors

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Braves get reliever, utilityman from Cubs

CHICAGO - The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Local bridges filmed for upcoming 'Goosebumps' movie

A car towed a trailer across Boling Bridge as a helicopter hovered on the other side of the green beams filming the action for the upcoming movie "Goosebumps," featuring Jack Black and based on the R.L. Stine youth fiction series.

July 31, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local

Falcons' lineman Peria Jerry announces retirement

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have announced that defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a first-round draft pick from Mississippi in 2009, has decided to retire.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Send us your fall events for Harvest events guide

The annual Harvest fall leisure guide will be published the final week of August. The magazine offers stories about fall activities in Northeast Georgia, with a full schedule of events.

July 31, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local

Etc. events


July 31, 2014 | | Etc. events

Outdoors events


July 31, 2014 | | Outdoors events

Your Views: Government’s intrusion into health care is beyond its powers

Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn't like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.

July 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Your Views: Benefits from health care law outweigh its flaws

Your Sunday editorial recommending a reboot of the ACA was thoughtful but misguided. As the editorial pointed out, the main resistance to the ACA is that no Republicans supported it. But that's what happens in a democracy. It's like saying that the Social Security Act of 1934 should be repealed because no Republicans supported it (which is a historical fact).

July 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Concert calendar


July 31, 2014 | | Concert calendar

Arts events


July 31, 2014 | | Arts events

‘King and I’ reigning in Habersham

Two strong-willed characters - one the King of Siam and the other a widow and tutor - will face off in the highly popular Rogers and Hammerstein musical for the next two weeks in Clarkesville.

July 31, 2014 | | Get Out top stories

Gainesville artist group displays its soul

From classical paintings to sculptures, the Gainesville group of artists known as the Blue Angel Studio will display its soul.

July 31, 2014 | Times staff reports | Get Out top stories

South Forsyth band going places

CUMMING - Vivian Zingleman, one of the members of local band Dot 22, is quick to point out the group is "friends first."

July 31, 2014 | BY CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Get Out top stories

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