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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


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | 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


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gwinnett authorities seek ID of man who died in hospital

Gwinnett County authorities are looking for help identifying a man who died Friday after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Life jacket giveaway postponed

A life jacket giveaway by Hall County Fire Services that was set for 1 p.m. today at Bolding Mill Park has been postponed due to weather.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commission votes to switch suppliers for prison construction materials

Hall County is saving about $13,000 after officials changed their mind on a contract for concrete blocks to be used in construction of the new Correctional Institute.

August 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities identify ‘suspicious’ device at Spout Springs Road

No threat was found from a suspicious device responsible for the closure of a South Hall road this morning.

August 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


A ride that gives ‘Goosebumps’ during movie filming

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," based on the R.L. Stine youth fiction series and featuring Jack Black.

August 01, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Tour gives teachers fresh outlook on rivers

Myers Elementary teacher Tiffany Johnston has a new perspective on the decadeslong water-sharing conflict between Georgia, Florida and Alabama, often referred to as "water wars."

August 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville giveaway fills bookbags with hope

About 60 parents and children waited in line Thursday for free bookbags and school supplies at the office of Harrison Square Apartments.

August 01, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Woods still school superintendent winner after recount

Irwin County educator Richard L. Woods was certified Thursday as winner of the Republican runoff for the nomination as state school superintendent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cumming meth bust nabs 4 suspects, 48 bags

August 01, 2014 | | Local


State DOT suspends some work for tax-free shoppers

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended lane closures near shopping malls to accommodate back-to-school shopping traffic this weekend.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Hall commissioners to rescind vote on construction blocks

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to rescind an earlier vote on the purchase of concrete blocks for construction of the new correctional institute.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville road closing extended for train track work

Gainesville's Athens Street at the railroad crossing will remain closed until Aug. 15, an extension from the Aug. 1 date the city had announced.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rumors turn to facts: Wal-Mart grocery stores coming to Lanier Plaza, Lanier Commons

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville rejects bids for downtown development

Gainesville has rejected all bids to develop a mixed-use project near downtown along Jesse Jewell Parkway.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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