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Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

Don't get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don't rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn't a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it's supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

December 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula keeps contractor for veterans park

After reconsidering the low bidder for the Lula Veterans Park, the Lula City Council decided to stick with the original contractor.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


15 people die in holiday wrecks in Georgia

The Georgia State Patrol said rain was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks that happened during the holiday weekend, resulting in more wrecks than had been predicted.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy

Saddled with debt from the costly acquisition of a competitor and facing skyrocketing feed prices, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. had been swimming for months in red ink.

December 09, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Gainesville residents get first choice on elementary enrollment

Gainesville residents will get a two-week head start in January on enrolling their children into the Gainesville elementary school of their choice.

The Gainesville school board adopted a new procedure Monday that will allow the parents of Gainesville school children to enroll kids into any of the school system's five elementary schools beginning Jan. 15.

December 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hampton Inn near complete in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch has a skyline forming with the planned opening this month of its first modern-era hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday eats can be land mines for health

The holidays can be a minefield for anyone who's on a special diet.

December 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson singer/songwriter brings tour home for benefit concert

Corey Smith comes off with a certain coolness. He just conveys that quality. It's the calm confidence of a man going his own way, doing his own thing, writing what he wants to write, singing what he wants to sing.

December 09, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE Times regional staff | Local


Mountain counties get grant to study fiber optic network

DAHLONEGA - A quartet of Lumpkin County officials welcomed Gov. Sonny Perdue to town by singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Perdue later responded by playing Santa Claus.

December 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tri-state water wars fought on many fronts

The 18-year-old dispute over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama is a tangled web that includes seven federal lawsuits in three different court systems and a plethora of plaintiffs.

December 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Toys for Tots campaign almost didn't happen

This year, Gail Detraz believes more local families will need a little help to have a merry Christmas.

December 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire makes home in South Hall ‘unlivable’

A fire that began in the fireplace of an elderly woman's South Hall home Sunday night has left it unlivable, according to the Hall County fire marshal.

December 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Colder weather most often ushers in fire season

Every year when the mercury dips, the calls to Gainesville and Hall County fire stations go up.

December 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents offer feedback over lakefront reassessments

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Send us your summer events for Splash leisure guide

The annual Splash summer leisure guide will be published with The Times on May 25.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to begin on May 1

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's burn ban that applies to 54 counties, including Hall and several others in Northeast Georgia, is set to begin May 1.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Earth Day too big for April 22

Area schools and environmental groups are teaming for a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and educate citizens of Hall County about climate change, conservation and eco-technology.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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