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Hot toys are 'recession-proof'

In what could be the worst holiday shopping season for retailers in decades, there's one thing that's still sure to sell: Barbie dolls.

While high-tech, interactive gadgets and the latest version of the perennial "hot toy," Elmo, promise to move off store shelves, it's the old standby from Mattel that debuted nearly 50 years ago that has made the top of this year's top toys for girls list, compiled by the National Retail Federation from a national survey of likely toy shoppers.

December 06, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shop until you drop, but stay safe

As holiday shoppers make a bee-line for malls and retailers today, there's no doubt a swarm of deal-seekers could become prey for criminals.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


You want that Christmas tree real or fake?

After Thanksgiving, it seems there's just enough time to clean the kitchen and pack up the leftovers before the Christmas season officially starts.

December 06, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Thanksgiving dinner brings more than 400 people in need to Good News at Noon

As a warm November sun beamed down Thursday on Gainesville, about 400 homeless men and women stirred from under the city's bridges, stoops and shelters and flocked to Good News at Noon to gobble down the grandest Thanksgiving feast ever served at the ministry.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family together for the holidays despite tough economy

LULA - Walking around his yard, Leon Barrett noticed that some of his landscaping projects need his attention.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Several eateries serving Thanksgiving meals today

If you're not going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, or worse, if you burned the turkey - there is hope.

A number of restaurants are open today with a full array of Thanksgiving fare.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Children give their theories on how to cook turkeys

It's probably an evolutionary defense mechanism for mankind that most elementary schoolers aren't tall enough to see over the kitchen counter and cook.

December 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Thanksgiving in jail: Turkey dinner a nod to holidays

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey and dressing - even at the Hall County jail.

The big, 1,026-bed building on Barber Road has more meals served inside it daily than anywhere else in the county, and Thursday, that meal was as traditional as stripes on an inmate's uniform: turkey, dressing, rice, greens and cranberry sauce.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chateau Elan festival will light the night

New York may have its tree in Rockefeller Center, but the City of Braselton has a whole chateau.

As northerners prepare for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the people over at Chateau Elan are preparing for their own traditional holiday event.

December 04, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Foster mother indicted in baby’s death

A Jackson County woman who left a 9-month-old foster child unattended in a car has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman on Wednesday announced the indictment against 29-year-old Wendy Osbourne of Nicholson in the Sept. 2 death of baby Jessica Scovil from heat exposure.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Members, others thankful for Boys & Girls Clubs

Hundreds of children poured into the Boys & Girls Clubs' building near Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to celebrate Thanksgiving with their other family with whom they spend their afternoons five days a week.

Members of the Keystone Club served a free ham dinner Tuesday to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

December 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Resignations cut police force to five

HOSCHTON - Two Hoschton police officers have announced their resignations in the middle of the city's budget problems.

December 03, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County: Date of birth required for tax exemption

A new tax exemption rule passed in the Nov. 4 general election is causing some confusion, according to Hall County officials.

December 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall divers help search for evidence

Divers from the Hall County Sheriff's Office helped search a pond in Barrow County on Tuesday for evidence in the shooting of two Auburn residents Nov. 15.

The dive team was called to a pond located behind Parks Mill Apartments, according to Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown. That's where an Auburn woman was shot seven times and her boyfriend shot once in the abdomen while they slept in their apartment.

December 03, 2008 | Allie Jackson Times regional staff | Local


Cheap gas, air fare sales might boost holiday travel numbers

After fuel prices took a nose dive this month, many are predicting Thanksgiving travel will not drop as much as initially expected.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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GOP school chief race too close to call

ATLANTA - The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Firefighters suffer injuries after fall from ladder truck

Three Hall County firefighters suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder malfunctioned during a training session.

July 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parents to get help with buying school supplies

July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Good News at Noon: Mr. B celebrates 92 years

July 23, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge detour coming to end

Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road appears on target to reopen to through traffic Saturday.

July 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Commissioner appointed to state board

Scott Gibbs has been appointed to serve on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board, which implements community and economic development, government assistance and affordable housing.

July 23, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care will not appeal revocation of license

A Clermont day care at the center of the burned 16-month-old toddler investigation on Tuesday informed the Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

July 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


3 firefighters injured after truck's ladder falls

Three Hall County firefighters suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder malfunctioned during a training session.

July 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vote count begins in state primary runoff

Georgia's longest runoff election, mandated by judges to ensure military and other overseas voters had time to return their ballots, finally ended today.

July 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Heart hospital raises $1M

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the state's top heart hospital, has raised over $1 million to improve treatment with the addition of the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit.

July 22, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs is recovering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a drop in blood pressure Sunday.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

For many dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company, dance is more than just an after-school activity.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Gainesville schools to put goals in action

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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