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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


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


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Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

One theme keeps rearing its head this election year when it comes to contested races in Georgia: Democrats are trotting out candidates with name-brand recognition as Republicans push back against this "legacy" influence.

October 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Seized assets help fund city, county law enforcement

The old adage is "crime doesn't pay," but for law enforcement, there are dividends.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mother-son bonding Saturday required two-by-fours, power tools and an early jump on the morning.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State graduation rates low for 2-year degrees

In Georgia, about two-thirds of new full-time students seeking bachelor's degrees will graduate on time, but for associate degrees, fewer than a quarter will graduate under the same criteria, according to Complete College America.

October 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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


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