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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


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Stay warm, but safely

During the winter months, the number of residential fires increases due to home heating. Many individuals turn to alternative heating methods as a way to decrease the high utility bills. Be sure to consider the following:

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Gainesville to Hillcrest Avenue residents: Don’t block traffic

Hillcrest Avenue in Gainesville will not become a one-way street, but residents will need to be careful not to block traffic when they park.

July 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


US House OKs short-term bill to fund highways, Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August ...

July 30, 2015 | BY JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Local


Leaders hope Christianity forum bridges denominational gaps

A forum scheduled for Aug. 12 at Grace Episcopal Church takes aim at defining Christianity, "beyond the catchphrases."

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Golf to teach character-building lessons to kids

Not many elementary P.E. classes include golf lessons, but Gainesville elementary schools want to use golf to teach its students healthy habits and values.

July 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lanier Flight Center charter service offers option of getting there faster

Lanier Flight Center's charter operations branch is about to add a $1.5 million jet to its fleet of general aviation aircraft.

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Badge & Bar: Defendant files to exclude use of word ‘victim,’ graphic photos

A defendant in a felony murder case, in which police believe an attempted drug deal led to a man's death, filed motions to exclude ...

July 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Local leaders disagree on how far Medicaid coverage should go as program celebrates 50 years

Wanda Turpin's medical problems are so numerous that she would be unable to receive the care she needs without Medicaid coverage.

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Son of Forsyth County state senator in critical condition

July 29, 2015 | By Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Eyes on the Road: Citizens roads group set to meet Thursday

A citizens group that monitors area road projects is set to hear about the soaring costs for right-of-way acquisition on a planned widening of Ga ...

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville High program aims to ease transition for freshmen

The transition from middle school to high school can be a challenge.

July 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


3 injured, 1 critically, in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A two-vehicle wreck on Dawsonville Highway in front of Gainesville First Church of the Nazarene injured three people, including one critically, Tuesday night, according to ...

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Family battling child’s rare blood disease

Christmas morning is supposed to be about smiles, laughter and good cheer.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Citizen group aims to restore trust in SPLOST spending

The citizen review committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax is the first of its kind in Hall County, and ...

July 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood manager wants cities, county to work closer on roads

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for "better coordination and cooperation" between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales Tax Holiday set for Friday, Saturday

Georgia will hold its annual back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday this Friday and Saturday.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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