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Chaplain in Iraq: Leaving the field means saying goodbye to special people

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. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Collins has begun the process of transitioning to leave Iraq shortly, so this will be his last column from there.

December 30, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Jackson County has party options for New Year's Eve

Jackson County residents and visitors who are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve but don't feel like driving all the way to Atlanta to watch the peach drop, don't worry.

December 30, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Get last-minute tax breaks done soon

With just two days left in 2008, there are only a few things you can do that may offer potential income tax benefits.

December 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall families welcome Russian orphans home for the holidays

Two Hall County families flung open their doors and hearts this holiday season and invited five Russian orphans into their homes.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Looking Ahead: Schools prepare for a year of expansion

Construction is the name of the game for local schools and colleges in 2009.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville may increase tax on hotel stays

Gainesville officials are considering a hike in the hotel-motel tax that could tack on as much as an 8 percent tax to room rates for hotel guests in the city.

December 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


24 die on state roads during holiday

A fatal wreck Friday in Dawson County was among the 3,325 crashes statewide that killed 24 people during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period.

Timothy Brian Pettyjohn, 19, of Carlton, died after the 1996 Geo Tracker he was driving hit a tree shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, according to an operator at the state patrol post in Cumming.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council approves 21-acre mixed-retail project

A 21-acre, mixed-retail development has gotten final approval from the Oakwood City Council.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Questions remain in Hoschton teen's death

HOSCHTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School student died over the weekend.

December 30, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County board reinstates chief tax appraiser

After holding a special called executive session Monday, the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors voted 3-2 to reinstate Mike Henderson as the county's chief tax appraiser following an audit of his tax records.

December 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The original Collegiate returns

Jeff Worley's first job was working at The Collegiate Grill at the age of 12. He was so small that the owner placed a wooden Coca-Cola crate on the floor so the youngster could reach the soft drink dispenser.

December 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Prayers answered: Growing S. Hall church to add parking lot

Church leaders are thankful for the growth, but more members means the need for more asphalt.

December 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Take care, because holiday traditions can be painful

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they also can be a disaster waiting to happen.

December 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


The self-sufficiency wage: Sometimes a job isn't enough

Opponents to public assistance - aka, welfare - often say that recipients should go out and get a job. But a recent study has revealed that being employed may not necessarily decrease a person's chances of needing assistance from the government.

December 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 Days to a Fire-Safe Christmas: Use caution with fireplaces

For many, the roaring fire in the fireplace adds to the holiday festivities. However, if not used properly, the fireplace can be a source of deadly home fires. Remember these tips when using your fireplace:

December 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

October 23, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff's deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

October 23, 2014 | BY JIM DEAN Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tumbling Circle accident history in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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