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Chaplain in Iraq: Leaving the field means saying goodbye to special people

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Collins has begun the process of transitioning to leave Iraq shortly, so this will be his last column from there.

December 30, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Jackson County has party options for New Year's Eve

Jackson County residents and visitors who are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve but don't feel like driving all the way to Atlanta to watch the peach drop, don't worry.

December 30, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Get last-minute tax breaks done soon

With just two days left in 2008, there are only a few things you can do that may offer potential income tax benefits.

December 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall families welcome Russian orphans home for the holidays

Two Hall County families flung open their doors and hearts this holiday season and invited five Russian orphans into their homes.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Looking Ahead: Schools prepare for a year of expansion

Construction is the name of the game for local schools and colleges in 2009.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville may increase tax on hotel stays

Gainesville officials are considering a hike in the hotel-motel tax that could tack on as much as an 8 percent tax to room rates for hotel guests in the city.

December 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


24 die on state roads during holiday

A fatal wreck Friday in Dawson County was among the 3,325 crashes statewide that killed 24 people during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period.

Timothy Brian Pettyjohn, 19, of Carlton, died after the 1996 Geo Tracker he was driving hit a tree shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, according to an operator at the state patrol post in Cumming.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council approves 21-acre mixed-retail project

A 21-acre, mixed-retail development has gotten final approval from the Oakwood City Council.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Questions remain in Hoschton teen's death

HOSCHTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School student died over the weekend.

December 30, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County board reinstates chief tax appraiser

After holding a special called executive session Monday, the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors voted 3-2 to reinstate Mike Henderson as the county's chief tax appraiser following an audit of his tax records.

December 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The original Collegiate returns

Jeff Worley's first job was working at The Collegiate Grill at the age of 12. He was so small that the owner placed a wooden Coca-Cola crate on the floor so the youngster could reach the soft drink dispenser.

December 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Prayers answered: Growing S. Hall church to add parking lot

Church leaders are thankful for the growth, but more members means the need for more asphalt.

December 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Take care, because holiday traditions can be painful

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they also can be a disaster waiting to happen.

December 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


The self-sufficiency wage: Sometimes a job isn't enough

Opponents to public assistance - aka, welfare - often say that recipients should go out and get a job. But a recent study has revealed that being employed may not necessarily decrease a person's chances of needing assistance from the government.

December 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 Days to a Fire-Safe Christmas: Use caution with fireplaces

For many, the roaring fire in the fireplace adds to the holiday festivities. However, if not used properly, the fireplace can be a source of deadly home fires. Remember these tips when using your fireplace:

December 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Officers practice for active shooter scenarios

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365

Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont eyeing Nov. 13 vote on electoral wards

Clermont is moving forward on proposed changes to the North Hall County city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

October 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate accused of slamming inmate’s head into concrete floor

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate's head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Commandant Jarrard steps down at Riverside

Riverside Military Academy announced Tuesday night the resignation of its commandant, Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


SAT scores inch up locally

Hall County and Gainesville schools have seen a slight uptick in their SAT scores this year, but scores remain lower than state and national averages.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first approval for brewery

Gainesville City Council has given the initial go-ahead for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal prosecutors review Habersham raid that injured toddler

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


A second rabies alert issued for one South Hall neighborhood

The Marsh Creek Court area of South Hall County has its second rabies case this month after a dog came in contact with a rabid raccoon.

October 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Missionary shares thoughts on Ebola

In the 53 years between John Mark Carpenter's first and most recent trips to Liberia, its capital city of Monrovia exploded in size. With people closer together, controlling the spread of the Ebola virus becomes that much more difficult.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: City to consider approving brewery at tonight’s meeting

Gainesville City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on Pap Datta's request to open a craft brewery in the city.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Neighborhood residents want county to repair tennis court

Residents of the Village at Deaton Creek have asked Hall County officials to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court damaged during the construction of the subdivision's sewer system.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Adult entertainment ordinance needs more technical alterations

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold a first reading Thursday on proposed changes to the adult entertainment ordinance.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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