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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


Looking ahead, Gainesville: Bulldozers, new buildings mark new era

For Gainesville officials, out with the old means a multimillion-dollar project to demolish the city's existing downtown parking deck to make room for a new one.

December 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law requires new homes to have carbon monoxide alarm

Georgia has declared war on the "silent killer."

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New laws target car tags, Web prowlers

A number of new state laws take effect today, including statutes involving everything from railroad crossings to specialized license plates.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Kids celebrate the new year at INK

Although most of their bottles were filled with milk, area kids celebrated New Year's Eve as fervently as any after-hours carouser.The young ones had their own daytime celebration at the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids on Wednesday, complete with not one but two parades to ring in the New Year.

December 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school system pays off $7.5 million loan

The Gainesville school system squeaked in under the deadline Wednesday, paying back a more than $7.5 million loan due by year's end.

December 31, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jarrard takes sheriff's oath in Lumpkin County

DAHLONEGA – New Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard had more than five months since his Republican primary victory to prepare for the biggest job of his life.

December 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man struck and killed by train in Habersham County

Habersham County Sheriff's officials have not yet identified a man who was struck and killed by a train late Monday.

Capt. Rick Salemi said a white male was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on tracks near Garland White Road in Alto about 10 p.m. Monday. The train stopped after hitting the man.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chaplain in Iraq hits the Web on Christmas Day

State Rep. Doug Collins,R-Gainesville, is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. His weekly column, which typically posts on gainesvilletimes.com on Tuesdays, will post on Christmas this week.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


From military bases, with love

They may be glowing with pride, but many Georgia families aren't feeling quite the same joy this Christmas season.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowers blown off Alta Vista graves

Very high winds over the weekend blew several flower arrangements off monuments at Alta Vista Cemetery that may need to be retrieved and returned to their proper locations.

If anyone needs assistance, please stop by the cemetery office at 521 Jones St. The cemetery can be entered off Jesse Jewell Parkway during daylight hours.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gwinnett officer shoots, injures robbery and kidnapping suspect

A robbery and kidnapping suspect was shot by a Gwinnett officer following a car chase early Monday morning in Buford.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson City Council gives green light to church expansion

JEFFERSON - Two local churches have brought rezoning requests before the Jefferson City Council and one has been given approval, while the other has requested that action be delayed for another month.

December 31, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Chicopee Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

June 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

June 29, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Fire destroys North Hall home

A North Hall home was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

A Gainesville man, known locally as "Country," is still in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit Thursday night by a car on Clarks Bridge Road.

June 29, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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