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Midnight deals kick off Black Friday shopping

It's called Midnight Madness, but few waited until midnight to get ready. For the fourth year, many stores at North Georgia Premium Outlets opened their doors for a day of shopping that continued until 10 p.m. Friday.

December 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Saber-rattling wedding: Military ceremony precedes guardsman's deployment to Afghanistan

HOSCHTON - This Thanksgiving weekend will be a memorable one for Ryan Hanson, 20, Amanda Hansen, 18, and their families.

December 06, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Claim your check from Gainesville public utilities, else it goes to the state

Get your money now or the state will.

December 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hot toys are 'recession-proof'

In what could be the worst holiday shopping season for retailers in decades, there's one thing that's still sure to sell: Barbie dolls.

While high-tech, interactive gadgets and the latest version of the perennial "hot toy," Elmo, promise to move off store shelves, it's the old standby from Mattel that debuted nearly 50 years ago that has made the top of this year's top toys for girls list, compiled by the National Retail Federation from a national survey of likely toy shoppers.

December 06, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shop until you drop, but stay safe

As holiday shoppers make a bee-line for malls and retailers today, there's no doubt a swarm of deal-seekers could become prey for criminals.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


You want that Christmas tree real or fake?

After Thanksgiving, it seems there's just enough time to clean the kitchen and pack up the leftovers before the Christmas season officially starts.

December 06, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Thanksgiving dinner brings more than 400 people in need to Good News at Noon

As a warm November sun beamed down Thursday on Gainesville, about 400 homeless men and women stirred from under the city's bridges, stoops and shelters and flocked to Good News at Noon to gobble down the grandest Thanksgiving feast ever served at the ministry.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family together for the holidays despite tough economy

LULA - Walking around his yard, Leon Barrett noticed that some of his landscaping projects need his attention.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Several eateries serving Thanksgiving meals today

If you're not going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, or worse, if you burned the turkey - there is hope.

A number of restaurants are open today with a full array of Thanksgiving fare.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Children give their theories on how to cook turkeys

It's probably an evolutionary defense mechanism for mankind that most elementary schoolers aren't tall enough to see over the kitchen counter and cook.

December 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Thanksgiving in jail: Turkey dinner a nod to holidays

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey and dressing - even at the Hall County jail.

The big, 1,026-bed building on Barber Road has more meals served inside it daily than anywhere else in the county, and Thursday, that meal was as traditional as stripes on an inmate's uniform: turkey, dressing, rice, greens and cranberry sauce.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chateau Elan festival will light the night

New York may have its tree in Rockefeller Center, but the City of Braselton has a whole chateau.

As northerners prepare for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the people over at Chateau Elan are preparing for their own traditional holiday event.

December 04, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Foster mother indicted in baby’s death

A Jackson County woman who left a 9-month-old foster child unattended in a car has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman on Wednesday announced the indictment against 29-year-old Wendy Osbourne of Nicholson in the Sept. 2 death of baby Jessica Scovil from heat exposure.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Members, others thankful for Boys & Girls Clubs

Hundreds of children poured into the Boys & Girls Clubs' building near Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to celebrate Thanksgiving with their other family with whom they spend their afternoons five days a week.

Members of the Keystone Club served a free ham dinner Tuesday to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

December 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Resignations cut police force to five

HOSCHTON - Two Hoschton police officers have announced their resignations in the middle of the city's budget problems.

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


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Making a push for water safety

Before Memorial Day, Col. Eddie Henderson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources counted 10 boating-related fatalities, almost matching last year's grand total of 12.

May 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Work could begin in fall on Boling Bridge replacement

Work could begin this fall to replace Boling Bridge on Dawsonville Highway, a green-beamed structure that connects Hall and Forsyth counties over the Chestatee River.

May 22, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Visitor counting differs by park at Lake Lanier

Parks on Lake Lanier are a popular destination even when it's not Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Memorial Day parade will close downtown roads

Multiple roads in the middle of Gainesville will be blocked off for about three hours for Monday's 13th annual Memorial Day Parade.

May 22, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Travelers will fill roads Memorial Day weekend

More than a million people are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend in Georgia.

May 22, 2015 | | Local


2 Flowery Branch graduating seniors build instructional guitar piece

It's not easy to be a self-taught guitar player.

May 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy charged with computer invasion of privacy

A Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy was charged with computer invasion of privacy and violation of oath related to "unauthorized procurement of personal data for his own personal gain," according to the sheriff's office.

May 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Family escapes fire but home severely damaged

A man, his wife and their small son escaped an overnight fire in South Hall County, but their home sustained major damage, according to Hall County Fire Services.

May 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Fire christens new boat

It didn't take too long for the Hall County's Marine Rescue 1 to speed off into action Wednesday.

May 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

In Hall County and all along Lake Lanier, it's important to know how to swim.

May 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University's Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




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