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Piedmont circuit swears in its new prosecutor

Brad Smith took his oath of office Monday as the new district attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, administered by Senior Judge T. Penn McWhorter at the Jackson County Courthouse.

January 01, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local


9 die in holiday wrecks

Nine people already have died in traffic crashes on Georgia's roads, with three days left in the long holiday weekend.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Antique shop maintains annual New Year's Day auction

Every year, Flowery Branch Antiques' doors are opened on the first day of the new year for a special auction and every year dozens of enthusiasts flood the warehouse in search of a bargain.

January 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Looking ahead: Slumping economy may mean more crime and fewer resources

Hall County's two biggest law enforcement agencies could face the two-pronged challenge of an economic crunch this year - fewer resources and the possibility of an increase in some crimes.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Recreation programs see fewer participants

Gainesville Parks and Recreation planned two days of activities for kids over winter break, called Camp Cold-A-Lotta and set for Monday and Tuesday. The only problem was, nobody signed up.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fewer people expected to travel for Christmas

Despite a dramatic plunge in the price of gasoline, fewer people are traveling this holiday season.

January 01, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gardner: Don't pay for Medicaid by taxing hospitals

The head of Northeast Georgia Health System rejected on Wednesday a plan being considered by Gov. Sonny Perdue to charge hospitals and health insurance companies extra fees to help offset the state's budget shortfall.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Stimulus package could pump billions into roads

As part of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package, Georgia is seeking about $3.4 billion for transportation needs.

January 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall moves up rankings of well-off counties

With a per capita income of less than $18,000 and more than a quarter of its population living in poverty, Hancock is the poorest county in Georgia, according to a new list that also ranks Oconee the state's most prosperous county.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Careful at the stove, oven

During the holidays, it is easy to get wrapped up in entertaining guests, but it is important to monitor meal preparations, since most cooking fires start when cooking is left unattended. Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires in America, and the number of cooking-related fires increases dramatically during this time. The following safe cooking tips can help to make your holiday dinner safe and enjoyable:

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: Local charities not feeling pinch – yet

In hard times, the giving continues.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


So far, so good for Gainesville property tax collections

Judging by the lack of a line at Gainesville's tax office Monday, one would not expect city property tax payments to come in anywhere near what the city needs to operate.

January 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Shoppers hope for last-minute deals

The Christmas music started before Thanksgiving. The decorated trees filled department stores soon after. And the months of buildup to Christmas culminates with the final hectic days of shopping for the big day.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The Times gets frank with Kris Kringle

Sitting down with Santa Claus is like sitting down with an old friend. As a reporter, I have had several occasions to spend a little time with this jolly guy and was fortunate enough to draw the assignment again.

January 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Change in insurance law may raise rates

If you receive a form letter from your auto insurance company, don't toss it in the trash.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Habitat’s Home for a Hero dedicates house to veteran, mother of 3

Charmaine Smith stood in the driveway of her newly constructed home in Flowery Branch and felt "very overwhelmed."

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Shop with a Cop helps youngsters fill Christmas stockings

It's not every day a fully uniformed, gun-toting officer of the law wanders through the kid's section of a department store, pushing a cart full of "Frozen" toys and taking orders from a 5-year-old in pink sequined boots.

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Authorities ID Gainesville man killed by train in Oakwood

Hall County Sheriff's Office authorities have identified the victim of Friday's train collision in Oakwood as Shon Morrison of Gainesville.

December 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated after ammonia leak at poultry plant in Gainesville

Three people were treated for exposure to ammonia on Friday afternoon after a leak at Koch Foods on Industrial Boulevard in Gainesville.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man in Habersham County wins $1 million in Georgia Lottery

A man from Habersham County has rounded up a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery just in time for the holidays. Tommy Bell of Demorest won his prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gray, drizzly weekend ahead for holiday shopping

Those of you hitting the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts or getting in a little caroling will need to brace for a soggy weekend.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


There’s still time: Christmas shipping hasn’t sailed yet

With Christmas just a few days away, the scramble for last-minute gifts is matched only by the rush to ship them.

December 19, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hall County teacher builds student a prosthetic hand

A boy bends his wrist and watches his blue metal fingers curl.

December 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Narcotics squad searches turn up $145K in meth

Some $144,800 in methamphetamine was found between two Hall County locations following searches by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

December 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School's Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

December 19, 2014 | | Local


New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

December 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

December 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales

Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects

A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.

December 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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