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Investigators can’t determine cause of fatal fire

Four Hall County Fire officials and multiple insurance investigators on Wednesday said the Flowery Branch subdivision fire that engulfed four homes during the early hours of Dec. 18 was caused by an undetermined accident.

January 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Christmas gifts lead 4-H to give safety class for kids

To keep the youth of Hall County from shooting their eyes out, Sherman Pass shows them how to handle, know what to expect from, and how to be safe with their new Christmas BB guns.

January 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Link to open emergency water source

Jackson County and Gainesville are close to finalizing the details for a plan that would provide an emergency water source for both, according to officials with the two utilities.

January 08, 2008 | By Edie Rogers and Ashley Fielding news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville aims to balance greenbacks with green trees

Money does not grow on trees. In fact, people in Gainesville have made more money by mowing them down and building houses and shopping centers.

January 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perry likely site for Go Fish Center

MACON - Perry officials say their city is the likely site of a new $22 million hatchery and visitor center - part of a plan by state officials to promote fishing tourism in Georgia.

Mayor Jim Worrall said Perry has been in contact with state officials in the past three weeks about the Go Fish Georgia Center being built at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

January 08, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Fishing for wheels: Radio station, car dealer help stroke survivor, mother of 3

Thanks to an Atlanta radio station, Cathryn Hollabaugh and Bob Powers traded in their walking shoes for car keys.

January 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Authorities seek long-haired woman after accident

Forsyth County authorities are looking for a long-haired woman driving a black or dark blue Jeep with damage to the front left bumper area.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Two charged with robbing taxi driver on Flat Creek Drive

Authorities charged two men with armed robbery Thursday morning after a taxi driver was robbed on Flat Creek Drive, according to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Medical center won't oppose Gwinnett heart surgery plans

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they don't feel threatened by Gwinnett Medical Center's bid to start an open-heart surgery program.

Gwinnett, which claims to be the nation's most populated county without an open-heart program, wants to apply to the Georgia Department of Community Health for a certificate of need, which the state requires in order to create any major medical facility or program.

January 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Retailers take returns as shoppers snap up sales

An hour before sunrise, there is a cadre of determined shoppers on the prowl. Most are women, many are sans makeup with their hair covered by a baseball cap. They are clad in sneakers to give them additional agility as they search for the coveted prize - a bargain worth bragging about.

The scene is repeated at store after store in Gainesville, such as Kohl's, Belk and J.C. Penney, which all opened their doors at 6 a.m. As other stores opened, so came the shoppers.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Traffic deaths for Christmas falls below projection

Twelve people were killed in crashes on state roadways over the Christmas holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But the latest number of fatalities falls well short of the prediction, perhaps a sign of increased vigilance among drivers and law enforcement.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area company gains several food contracts

For Jack Hough, it all began with a single yogurt shop in an outlet mall in Helen.

But in 1992, Hough's Gainesville company, MSE Branded Foods, introduced a concept of multiple brands sharing a common kitchen and management at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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


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Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville's Midtown Greenway was full of laughter, music and fun Saturday when Trick or Treat on the Trail took over the half-mile loop.

October 25, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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