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Police can’t confirm bridge jumper

A man claiming to be a witness to a plunge off Thompson Bridge late Monday night swears he saw a man jump from the bridge.

December 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tradition revived in Clermont

The Clermont City Council hopes to renew a tradition by having a 16-foot-tall Norwegian spruce planted Tuesday in Clermont Park.

December 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Woman says men with screwdriver robbed her

A 19-year-old Gainesville woman was robbed Monday morning on Aviation Boulevard by three men with a screwdriver, according to Gainesville police.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Procrastination, days off lead to long lines at tax office

Those who paid their property taxes Monday most likely were greeted with a long line of like-minded procrastinators.

December 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville wants sales tax advance from Hall County

If Hall County voters approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in March, Gainesville might get an advance.

December 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

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.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

Don't get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don't rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn't a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it's supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

December 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula keeps contractor for veterans park

After reconsidering the low bidder for the Lula Veterans Park, the Lula City Council decided to stick with the original contractor.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


15 people die in holiday wrecks in Georgia

The Georgia State Patrol said rain was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks that happened during the holiday weekend, resulting in more wrecks than had been predicted.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy

Saddled with debt from the costly acquisition of a competitor and facing skyrocketing feed prices, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. had been swimming for months in red ink.

December 09, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Gainesville residents get first choice on elementary enrollment

Gainesville residents will get a two-week head start in January on enrolling their children into the Gainesville elementary school of their choice.

The Gainesville school board adopted a new procedure Monday that will allow the parents of Gainesville school children to enroll kids into any of the school system's five elementary schools beginning Jan. 15.

December 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hampton Inn near complete in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch has a skyline forming with the planned opening this month of its first modern-era hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday eats can be land mines for health

The holidays can be a minefield for anyone who's on a special diet.

December 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson singer/songwriter brings tour home for benefit concert

Corey Smith comes off with a certain coolness. He just conveys that quality. It's the calm confidence of a man going his own way, doing his own thing, writing what he wants to write, singing what he wants to sing.

December 09, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE Times regional staff | Local


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Hall County inmate escapes from work detail

Inmate Derrick Crawford, 35, walked away from a Hall County Correctional Institute work detail making road repairs in North Hall County around 12:15 p.m. Monday, according to Hall County officials.

December 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Holiday travelers to crowd highways

If you're planning to go home for Christmas, expect lots of company on the highways.

December 22, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Scaled-back version of Central Hall trail to begin construction in 2015

Work is poised to begin early next year on a section of trail between Gainesville and Oakwood, but not quite to the extent Hall County officials had hoped.

December 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood Regions branch to close in March

The Oakwood branch of Regions Bank near the intersection of Mundy Mill and McEver roads will close next year.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Ga. prosecutor to be nominated for federal post

President Barack Obama has announced plans to nominate a Georgia prosecutor as the next Deputy Attorney General.

December 22, 2014 | Times staff, wire reports | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville author has second fantasy novel published

Gainesville native and Brenau University administrative assistant Alison Reeger Cook recently published her second fantasy novel.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Holiday Hope: Challenged Child and Friends benefits all types of students

For sisters Brooke and Bailey Ellis, going to school together is special.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Highlands United Methodist Church brings Christmas fun to community

Weeks of curiosity sparked by random cars around Gainesville sporting a scrawled message of "FX Christmas, An Extreme Family Event" ended Sunday when The Highlands United Methodist Church hosted its first free Christmas event at North Hall Community Center.

December 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Wage growth returning as job market expands

The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Traffic light planned at new Wal-Mart on Thompson Bridge Road

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, along with Taco Bell, on busy Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville will have something in common next year - a traffic light.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clarks Bridge work set for today

The new Clarks Bridge over Lake Lanier continues to take shape as a concrete pour is planned today for two more of the seven spans.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man’s 2013 death yields few clues, no suspects

Texts went unanswered and hundreds of phone calls went to voicemail.

December 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State approval of Brenau nursing program is 'conditional'

Although Brenau University now boasts three doctoral programs, including a doctorate of nursing practice, the nursing program's state approval is "conditional."

December 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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