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North Hall house fire called suspicious

A fire that destroyed a vacant home Monday night in North Hall is suspicious, officials said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said firefighters from three stations responded about 10 p.m. Monday to a fire at 8947 Forrester Road off Skitts Mountain Road. The 1,100-square foot woodframe house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Cagle said.

December 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cottrells named 'Philanthropists of the Year'

Mike and Lynn Cottrell of Dahlonega were honored Tuesday as "Philanthropists of the Year" by the North Georgia Community Foundation.

December 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jefferson students learn to be active

JEFFERSON - A top McDonald's executive stopped by Jefferson Elementary School to impart a little knowledge to the students on Tuesday.

December 03, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hoschton wrestles with revenue, proposed property tax

HOSCHTON - Residents who attended Hoschton's two public hearings last week urged City Council members to balance the budget, and most reiterated their strong opposition to any proposed city property tax.

December 03, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Forsyth driver killed in collision with school bus

CUMMING - Authorities have identified the Forsyth County man killed Tuesday morning when the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a school bus on Ga. 369.

December 03, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Enota academy's donations overwhelm project coordinator for new food bank

The kids at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy collected thousands of cans of food during their recent food drive, and Georgia Mountain Food Bank Project Coordinator Kay Blackstock said she was blown away when she arrived to pick up the food Tuesday.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


After annexations, Flowery Branch sure it can resolve illegal island

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to annex two parcels of land into the city limits, temporarily creating an illegal island.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Groups prepare to serve Thanksgiving meals for free

The holiday season is all about giving and receiving, and several local churches and organizations are looking to give a free Thanksgiving meal to those people who are in need.

December 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Judge will rule on South Hall hospital

WINDER - Following a two-hour hearing Monday, a Barrow County Superior Court judge said he will rule within three weeks on a challenge to a certificate of need for a 100-bed hospital in Braselton.

December 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Brenau professor earns Fulbright Scholarship

For the second time in two academic years, a Brenau professor has received a Fulbright Scholarship.

Brenau University Assistant Professor of Business Greg Chase has received a Fulbright Scholar appointment for teaching abroad in the Republic of Moldova.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


First United Methodist Church seeks ideas for service projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21.

Co-chairwomen for the event, Cherry Valentine and Sharon Farkas, are seeking ideas and suggestions for projects for the communitywide work day.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Preparations for Thanksgiving feast already are under way

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are starting the process of hunting and gathering all the necessary components for the yearly feast.

December 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Collins: Even in war zone, we are thankful

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 02, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Youth can win prizes for identifying birds

Georgia's fourth annual Youth Birding Competition doesn't take place for five months. But the Department of Natural Resources is urging kids to sign up now, so they can start practicing their birding skills.

December 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson annexes 35 properties

JEFFERSON - Some property owners in Jackson County soon will be added to the city of Jefferson's population count.

December 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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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


Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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