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Chaplain in Iraq: Friendships forged in war zone are hard to forget

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.

December 16, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Stylists learn to help cancer patients "Look Good ... Feel Better"

Cancer patients' beauty routines have to adapt to the side-effects of chemotherapy.

December 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


AT&T launches new wireless network in Hall County

AT&T has launched its 3G, "third generation," wireless broadband service in Hall County, allowing for faster and more advanced mobile services, officials announced Monday morning.

The network's launch ensures "that our customers ... have the latest in wireless technology available, allowing them to access video, graphics, pictures, downloads, e-mail and more at speeds faster than before," said Keith Holmes, vice president and general manager for AT&T's Georgia wireless unit.

December 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Motorcyclists boost Secret Santa; parade winds through Christmas on Green Street

Gainesville was treated Sunday to two holiday parades, both featuring police escorts, dozens of vehicles and bone-chilling temperatures.

December 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Group gathers gifts for seniors

Legacy Link is teaming with two local businesses to provide Christmas gifts to area senior citizens through the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program.

December 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood might allow structures of 80 feet

Fred Moses recalls a day when Mundy Mill Road was a quiet road in the country.

December 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to talk trees

Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board will make a recommendation to the City Council tonight about proposed changes to the city's ordinances that could bring more trees to Gainesville.

December 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City Council says taller buildings are OK for Oakwood

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday night to a zoning change that allows highway businesses as tall as 80 feet.

December 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Neighbors in Jefferson oppose Dollar General store, First United Methodist’s parking lot plans

JEFFERSON - The efforts of two churches to have multiple pieces of property rezoned drew more than 50 people to the Jefferson City Council work session on Monday.

December 16, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Patriot’s Call provides Christmas cheer to Gainesville-based Army unit

Holiday cheer was tinged with sadness as members of the Georgia Army National Guard's Charlie Company gathered for a Christmas party Sunday afternoon.

December 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


ZF, maker of auto transmissions, laying off workers

The decrease in demand for vehicles and heavy equipment has been felt at ZF Industries in Gainesville.

December 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Auditor may investigate Hall tax assessors office

Hall County Administrator Charley Nix recommended to county commissioners Monday that an independent auditor examine the entire tax assessors office in response to allegations presented last week against chief appraiser Mike Henderson.

December 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lake Lanier Islands board executive arrived with experience

Bill Donohue is no stranger to state government or to overseeing state facilities.

December 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fire that destroys vacant mobile home called ‘suspicious'

Hall County Fire Services is investigating an early Sunday fire at a South Hall mobile home.

December 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Apartment fire doused, no one injured

Gainesville firefighters responded to an apartment fire at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

December 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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