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Under the tree to the trash pile: Compactor sites processing Christmas waste

GAINESVILLE - Each year, Christmas proves to be the trashiest of all the holidays.

People of Hall County, no longer running to the stores for last minute gifts, have started flocking to the local trash compactor sites to get rid of unwanted Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More rain on the way

GAINESVILLE - The drought is far from over, but expect more rainfall in the coming days.

Forecasters expect around a quarter to a half-inch of rain to fall on Friday, and are looking for nearly an inch to fall on Sunday.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voting ends at noon: The Top 10 stories of 2007

2007 was a busy year in Northeast Georgia. The area was hit hard by a record-setting drought. A local man became lieutenant governor. Our high school sports teams had great success. Lake Lanier turned 50.

January 07, 2008 | | Local


Schools may try Bible classes

GAINESVILLE - Bible elective classes as sanctioned by the state Department of Education could be coming to Hall County schools in the fall of 2008.

The district is looking at starting "Literature and History of the Old Testament Era" and "Literature and History of the New Testament Era."

January 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For some, Christmas still means business

While many are at home breaking bread on Christmas, others have to go to work and earn it.

For those people, working on Christmas is just part of the business.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Holiday lunch gives gift to volunteers, too

At noon, the good news is that volunteers come to serve lunch.

And no one even asks them to come.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont postal workers play Santa on Christmas

Through rain, sleet, snow and even Christmas, the Clermont Post Office delivers.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Long lines awaited Christmas Day moviegoers

GAINESVILLE - Christmas movies are a long-standing holiday tradition, but going to the movies on Christmas is a tradition that had some in Hall County standing in long lines.

Tuesday, at Gainesville's GTC Hollywood 15 Cinemas, the line for tickets stretched the length of a football field past the ticket window.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Recycle that tree

It's Christmas Day, and that pine tree in the corner of the room is already looking dried-out and tired.

January 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tradition lights way for the Christ child

For nearly 40 years, Kevin and Sam McAvoy have lugged Christmas with them as they trotted from Heidelberg, Germany, to Miami to El Paso, Texas, and finally to North Hall.

Kevin McAvoy, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has lived with his wife, Sam, on Shoreline Drive off Mount Vernon Road for 18 years. The couple is often responsible for igniting the Christmas spirit in the neighborhood, and Kevin McAvoy dresses as Santa on Christmas Eve - just as he has done for the past 39 years.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Playing it S.A.F.E.

GAINESVILLE - Lorena Mosqueda knows she better be in school.

"If I don't, Ms. Reed will come pick me up," said the 14-year-old eighth-grader of East Hall Middle School's graduation specialist, Anne Reed.

January 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents wonder: Is any toy safe?

This Christmas shopping season, some parents and grandparents could be seen nervously perusing the toy aisles, picking up boxes and looking for the country of origin.

If they saw the words "Made in China," the box went back on the shelf.

January 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Mobile home fire considered ‘suspicious’

Hall County Fire Services is investigating a fire that destroyed a mobile home early Friday.

January 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday movie goers may see disaster ads

After the gifts have been opened and dinner has been eaten, there's not much to do on Christmas except go to the movies.

That's what the Georgia Department of Human Resources is counting on.

January 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man strings lights despite blindness

After dark, anyone driving down Lights Ferry Road in Flowery Branch can see the 'Merry Christmas' message beaming from Tommy Tallent's yard.

It took Tallent two full days to craft the 25-foot-long message out of white Christmas lights and neatly border the nearly 6-foot-high letters standing against his fence with red bulbs.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Gainesville Belk sets fall charity sale

Belk at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville will join the retailer's other stores in November for the fall charity sale.

September 30, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review public transportation routes, fares

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear a presentation and review routes and fares for the city's public transit service.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor nears

SAVANNAH - Within two weeks, officials expect to sign a cost-sharing deal with the federal government that's needed to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority's top executive said Monday.

September 30, 2014 | BY RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Legacy Link moves, combining Gainesville offices

Legacy Link's three Gainesville offices are consolidating into one larger, updated office at 1480 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch to consider adding 141 acres

A public hearing is planned for the annexation and rezoning of a large swath of unincorporated county land into Flowery Branch.

September 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


As roads funding law goes into extension, long-term planning hamstrung

Transportation planners were hoping today would mark the end of short-term federal funding and Wednesday would start a period of sustained flowing of highway dollars to states and local projects.

September 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Proposed annexation concerns county officials

Plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, has pitted city and county officials in another conflict over "island" properties.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch woman hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria

A Flowery Branch woman is hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after being diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria.

September 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Three acquitted in Cleveland motorcycle club case

Three people accused of obstructing a federal investigation into a motorcycle club with alleged criminal ties were acquitted Thursday in United States District Court.

September 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State DOT buys image-boosting radio ads with tax funds

ATLANTA - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | BY RAY HENRY Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Brenau president, Tumblr founder discuss MBAs

Brenau University President Ed Schrader joined Tumblr founder David Karp and others on a panel Friday addressing the usefulness of master of business administration programs.

September 29, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ceremony brings up emotions for daughter of MIA Vietnam soldier

Kim Whitworth of northwest Hall County has no memory of her father, but that hasn't stopped the flow of emotions through the years as she has sought to learn more about his fate in the Vietnam War.

September 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


INK welcomes all to Preparedness Fair

The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids offered North Georgia residents a chance Sunday in Gainesville to learn how to react in emergencies.

September 28, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area gas prices to drop through end of the year

Gasoline prices in the Gainesville area are likely to drop through the end of the year, following a trend across the nation, according to a spokesman for AAA.

September 28, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Longstreet Clinic hopes renovations improve customer service

The Longstreet Clinic has embarked on a series of renovations to better care for patients and has also expanded services and hours.

September 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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