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Family of shooting victims ‘having a hard time’

An Effingham County couple whose bodies were found in the Amicalola River in Dawson County were supposed to be visiting their three children over the weekend, and it was supposed to be their last visit before reclaiming custody, according to a family member.

December 22, 2009 | By Rick Lott | Local

Remember safety when buying toys for kids

Before children tear open presents on Christmas morning, parents should keep safety in mind.

December 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Bronze vases stolen from graves

Even a final resting place isn't safe from thieves.

December 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Health care vote set for Christmas Eve

In a rare scheduling move, U.S. Senators will spend Christmas Eve at the Capitol voting on legislation that promises to overhaul the nation's health care system.

December 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Water service on portion of McEver road interrupted today

Water service will be interrupted at 10 a.m. today on McEver Rd. between Flat Creek Road and Radford Road. Crews from Gainesville Public Utilities are repairing a 12-inch water main.

Water will be off until late this afternoon.

December 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

New Year's resolution

Did you make a New Year's resolution a year ago that you have managed to keep throughout 2009? Whether it was a vow to get fit, save money or to eliminate bad habits, The Times would like to talk to you for a story on News Year's resolutions. Please contact staff writer Stephen Gurr at 770-718-3428 or

December 22, 2009 | | Local

Soldiers’ families get a Christmas surprise

While local soldiers are fighting overseas, the community is making sure their families have a merry Christmas.

December 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Henry Braselton, former mayor of namesake town, dead at 82

BRASELTON - Former mayor and councilman Henry Edward Braselton passed away Monday, according to town officials.

December 21, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local

Dawson County murder suspects denied bond

DAWSONVILLE - Two Dawsonville men arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of an Effingham County couple have been charged with murder and are being held without bond.

December 21, 2009 | By Michelle Hester Times regional staff | Local

Nichols named interim Gainesville police chief

Gainesville Police Department Deputy Chief Jane Nichols has been named interim chief and will replace retiring Chief Frank Hooper.

December 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Four charged in recent rash of burglaries

Four people have been charged with a series of burglaries that happened around the city in late November and early December.

December 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Holidays can be tough for grieving parents

FLOWERY BRANCH - For most people, the holidays are a time for family gatherings and relaxation, but for those who have lost a child, the season can be unbearable.

December 21, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local

Ham radio group seeks to expand four-fold

If you lose service on your personal cell phone, you may just curse and try your call again later. But what happens when emergency agencies and hospitals lose their vital communications?

December 21, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

Local group offers free ride home for tipsy partygoers

An early 1980s rock band popularized Jenny's 867-5309 telephone number, but if you are planning to drink over the holidays, you may want to call Bill instead.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Holiday travelers making plans for the journey home

At 5:10 p.m. Monday, Claretta Shaffers knew exactly where she wanted to be.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

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Police presence ramps up ahead of Black Friday shopping

In and around stores, law enforcement will have a heavier presence ahead of the Black Friday shopping weekend.

November 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Bike helmet giveaway set for Monday

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County and Hall County Fire Services are sponsoring a bike helmet giveaway for children ages 5-10 from 5-7 p.m. Monday ...

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Teen faces DUI, other charges after crashing into Cumming steakhouse

November 25, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Lakewood Baptist opening coffee shop in downtown Gainesville

Lakewood Baptist Church has plans to open a 5,000-square-foot coffee shop and deli at the corner of Washington and Green streets in downtown Gainesville.

November 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Food programs help families make ends meet

Brenda Vargas is thankful today that two of her children who attend Fair Street Elementary in Gainesville receive free lunches every school day.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Georgia Power warns of scammers

In light of recent reports of scammers impersonating Georgia Power employees in person and over the phone, the company is reminding customers to be cautious ...

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Gainesville man threatened homeowner, was tied to previous home invasion

A Gainesville man with a handgun allegedly shouted vulgarities at an Antioch Campground Road homeowner, according to authorities.

November 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

2,600 gallons of sludge mistakenly pumped into Flat Creek

About 2,600 gallons of sludge was mistakenly pumped into Flat Creek in a wastewater spill Tuesday night, Gainesville Department of Water Resources officials estimated.

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Homeless camp cleanup set for Friday

Bring your boots and gloves because Mother Nature has played dirty with the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Thanksgiving trivia: Turkey Day by the numbers

• 117 million occupied housing units in America

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

2 overnight fires leave a family homeless, but no one hurt

Two overnight fires kept Hall County Fire Services crews busy, but there were no injuries in either, spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett reported.

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Water waste law targets irresponsible users

Wasting water will no longer be just an ethical problem in Gainesville.

November 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville hoping for grant to launch downtown street makeover

Beautifying city streets and intersections, and making them more accessible to pedestrians, is one of the bigger aspects of Gainesville's new downtown plan to ...

November 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Fire department gives tips for safe feast

To keep the heat in the kitchen and not elsewhere in the house, Hall County Fire Services officials are offering up a few tips for ...

November 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

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