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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local

Christmas in Northeast Georgia's small towns

As Christmas settles across Hall County and Northeast Georgia, it's not just large communities off Interstate 985 that settle into their own Christmas traditions.

December 26, 2008 | | Get Out

Missed free throw by Johnson costs Hawks

ATLANTA - The Boston Celtics looked to Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter.

December 26, 2008 | By Tom Saladino The Associated Press | Atlanta Hawks

Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local

Tech rewards Johnson for outstanding first year

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech first-year coach Paul Johnson has been given a new 7-year, $17.7 million contract.

December 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local

State's jobless rate rises to 7.5 percent, highest in 25 years

ATLANTA - Georgia's unemployment rate climbed to 7.5 percent in November, the highest rate in more than 25 years, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The rate has climbed a full 3 percentage points from a year ago, when it was 4.5 percent, state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a news release. The rate was 6.9 percent in October.

December 26, 2008 | By The Associated Press | Business

Lady Jackets east past Winthrop

NASSAU, Bahamas - Alex Montgomery scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech to its fifth straight win, a 65-27 victory over Winthrop on Thursday night.

December 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

High school scoreboard: Gainesville tops Johnson in dual meet

The Gainesville High wrestling team earned an area win with a 42-9 triumph against Johnson on Wednesday in Gainesville.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | High schools

Outdoors events

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December 25, 2008 | | Outdoors events

Georgia looking for SEC pride in bowl games

ATHENS - Although they're concentrating on their Jan. 1 date with No. 19 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., the No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs will take an interest in other postseason games featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference.

December 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs

South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports | Local

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass roaming as water level rises

Lake Lanier's water level is just barely under full pool at 1,07.79 or .21 below full pool. The main lake is clear ...

November 27, 2015 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors

Falcons RB Freeman to miss game against Vikings with concussion; Bryant, Hankerson also out

Running back Devonta Freeman, recovering from a concussion, will not play Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' game against the Minnesota Vikings.

November 27, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Pros

Inspired by 2014 loss in rivalry, Georgia looks to ‘take what is ours’ against Ga. Tech

ATLANTA - Georgia players will enter Saturday's visit to Georgia Tech with a new appreciation of the state rivalry.

November 27, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs

VIDEO: Game Changers features Dawson County quarterback Coey Watson

November 27, 2015 | | All prep football news

Love Light tree lightings set for both campuses of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

In its 36th year of lighting a tree in honor of those served by its hospice, Northeast Georgia Medical Center will host two Love Light ...

November 27, 2015 | By LeAnne Akin | Local

Hometown religion


November 27, 2015 | From staff reports | Hometown religion

Letter: Obama’s failure is that he is too eager to meddle in Middle East

I read with interest Brian Heard's letter "fighting to win." I believe in American potential, but not American exceptionalism. I was taught God created ...

November 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: St. Paul’s Christmas concert will celebrate true spirit of season

RE: Response to James Peters' letter of Monday: You likely missed out on some good music by not attending the Holiday concert you mentioned. Might ...

November 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Shop ‘til you drop on Candy Cane Lane in Dahlonega

The Dahlonega Woman's Club is trying to make Christmas shopping as easy as possible.

November 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Get Out top stories

Metro Gainesville unemployment rate stays at 4.7 percent

Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate for October was 4.7 percent, which was unchanged from September, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

North Hall graduate receives degree at 88th National FFA Convention

Brittney Gunter, a 2012 North Hall High graduate and a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was one of 77 Georgia FFA members to receive ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Community

Ask The Times: What are protocols for officers in unmarked vehicles?

If you've been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

McDaniel Farm takes visitors back in time

Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday season and return to a more tranquil time when a brightly lit ...

November 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Get Out top stories

Christmas parades light up season across Northeast Georgia

Throughout the Northeast Georgia communities, festivities for Christmas are fast approaching. And leading the charge is a handful of holiday parades with spectacular lights and ...

November 26, 2015 | BY AMBER TYNER | Get Out top stories

Preschoolers build scarecrow for Victory Garden

Children of Grace Preschool and Meg McPeek, art/science and music teacher, made and donated a scarecrow to the Northeast Georgia History Center's Victory ...

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Community

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