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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


Better not pout, because Santa's already in town

GAINESVILLE - Hang your stockings and say your prayers, because Santa Claus comes tonight.

But the jolly old elf already has been spotted in town, as Gainesville's real Santa has been making numerous visits in Northeast Georgia and has seen hundreds of children. He took a few minutes from visiting with children Friday at Peach State Bank in Gainesville to give The Times some insight into the life of Santa.

January 04, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Last-minute shoppers flock to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - As children are shuffled between choir practice and Santa's lap, many shoppers scramble for last-minute gifts at the new Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The November opening of Kohl's department store and The Home Depot has provided local procrastinators a little more convenience this year. Many shoppers have foregone a trip to the Mall of Georgia in Buford and instead have found gifts at the new development.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Homeless pets get a little holiday love

Days before Christmas, homeless animals were treated to a little holiday cheer Saturday at the Hall County Humane Society.

Andrea Chandler and Christina Jones, employees at the Gainesville office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., treated the pets to play time and toys with the help of other volunteers. Chandler and Jones both said they are animal lovers and felt that those at the Humane Society deserved a Christmas treat as well.

January 03, 2008 | By Bianca Bruno bbruno@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


County’s trash sites to open on Christmas

If you dump your garbage outside a Hall County compactor site on Christmas morning, not only will Santa put you on his naughty list for next year, you also may get a ticket.

January 03, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


’Tis the season to play it safe

Gainesville Police Sgt. Dean Staples calls December "the deadliest time of the year" on local roads.

It's a time when holiday parties and their festivities can mean more drunk driving accidents, more injuries and more deaths than any other time, officials say.

January 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Derrer: Bird's-eye view of change

In 1980, Doug Derrer was driving down U.S. 129 in Hall County when he looked to his right and saw a field blanketed with freshly fallen snow. The young Miami-Dade police officer pulled his car to the highway shoulder and stepped out onto the icy asphalt.

"I had never seen snow falling," Derrer said, "and I pulled off and thought, 'This is where I want to be.'"

January 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


‘I’m like the guy who used to make wagon wheels’

When Jack Hoffman joined the Air Force in 1958, he was assigned to a unit which maintained electronic navigation equipment. It was an ironic assignment for a young man who grew up in a rural Rabun County home where electricity was not available.

For the past half-century, he has worked on a wide array of electronic devices, from antennas to Christmas tree angels.

January 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch’s finest walk a store beat

Saturday, some South Hall officers made Christmas a little brighter for the kids in their jurisdiction.

The Flowery Branch Police Department held its first "Shop with a Cop" event at the Wal-Mart in Oakwood.

January 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City leaders push to keep Mike Evans on DOT board

Some state officials may be on the road to booting Mike Evans from his post on the Georgia Department of Transportation board, but the Gainesville City Council wants to push them down a different path.

Earlier this month, the City Council sent a letter to all members of Hall County's state legislative delegation voicing support for Evans' re-appointment to the DOT board.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Specialist expands treatment options at cancer center

People who are diagnosed with a malignant tumor can generally expect to be referred to at least two specialists: a surgeon, who will try to remove the tumor, and a medical oncologist, who will administer chemotherapy.

But women who have cancers of the reproductive organs sometimes see only one doctor: a gynecologic oncologist, who performs both surgery and chemo.

January 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man still critical after 7-story fall at Raven Cliff Falls

North Georgia emergency authorities crossed fallen trees and rappelled down a 40-foot cliff to rescue a man who had fallen 80 feet.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to give final OK on brewery today

Gainesville City Council is expected to give the final go-ahead needed for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area when it meets tonight.

October 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG biology professor discusses Ebola facts with students

Ebola rumors and confusion are nearly as out of control as the virus itself, according to a professor at the University of North Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall board reinstates deputies for 2nd time

The Hall County Civil Services Board voted 5-1 on Friday to rescind the termination of two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies involved in an inmate's escape.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville schools plan to increase dual enrollment

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel announced a plan to increase dual enrollment rates Monday at a Board of Education meeting.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


2 Gainesville youths killed Saturday in wreck in Gwinnett

The two victims of a fatal Saturday wreck in Gwinnett County have been identified as Gainesville residents Ramon Gonzalez, 16, and Yudel Jarquin, 21, Gwinnett police confirmed Monday.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


One injured in collision on Athens Highway

One person was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday on Athens Highway at Gaines Mill Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. governor candidates spar over ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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