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Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Shoot house practice gives Rangers on-target combat training

BRASELTON - Spc. Daniel Garcia of the 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion had quite the task in front of him. He had to pull a thin sled with a dummy wounded soldier on it 250 feet, lie down and aim his semi-automatic weapon at a target 50 feet away and shoot four rounds each into the remaining targets from different distances.

January 31, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Fire drill for firemen

JEFFERSON - It was like a scene straight off the pages of Fahrenheit 451.

January 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Citizens Bank alumni gather to reminisce

Fifteen years after Gainesville's Citizens Bank ceased to be, nearly 100 former employees gathered Saturday to catch up and reminisce, flipping through bank books instead of yearbooks at a reunion that paid tribute to a bygone institution.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood wants control over banners

Banners make up a big chunk of Jay Kelly's sign-making business, but he'd like to see that form of sign put under control.

January 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Winning bid lands $20,000 for family in need

Gregg and Brittiny Peters had no idea that what started out as a crazy way to pay their children's medical bills 10 days ago would soon make them international celebrities.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets 3 years for arson

A Clermont arsonist who set fire to a grocery store garbage bin while out on bond on two other arson charges was sentenced to three years in prison this week.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Attorney is removed from Midtown project

The Gainesville Redevelopment Authority agreed Friday to remove attorney Tread Syfan for any issues surrounding the a proposed hotel and office complex in Midtown.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessor Vaughan steps down

Bill Vaughan has resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors after 13 years.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson looks to refinance bond to save about $1 million

Homeowners aren't the only ones looking for lower loan interest rates; so is the city of Jefferson.

January 31, 2009 | | Local


DOT engineer set to retire after 34 years of service

The Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant area engineer for maintenance in Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties is set to retire March 1.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


West Hall Middle earns School of Character status

The State Schools of Character program has named West Hall Middle School as the 2009 Georgia School of Character.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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New state-mandated profiles to assess kindergarten readiness

A child entering kindergarten may already know how to read, while a classmate may not know one letter of the alphabet.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Seniors warmed by group's gesture

Over 80 residents of Bell Minor Nursing Home were treated to handmade "lap cozies" from members of the Hall County Quilt Guild on Wednesday during a small morning reception in Gainesville.

December 04, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Lake group hopes to install lights on Lanier’s north side

Bill Tannahill saw firsthand how glowing solar lights placed atop hazard markers in Lake Lanier helped him and his family find the way home on a very dark night.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge & Bar: Flowery Branch holds silent auction for charity

Flowery Branch is hosting a silent auction Saturday to fund its Shop With a Cop program benefiting needy children.

December 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Georgia joins 17-state lawsuit against Obama's immigration action

Georgia and 16 other states are filing suit against President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

December 03, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Human bones found by hunters in Dawson

December 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Bus, vehicle collide in front of East Hall Middle

No students were injured when a Hall County school bus and vehicle collided on the bus' morning route Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Health care panel’s report due Dec. 31

A legislative joint study committee addressing violence against health care workers now has until Dec. 31 to complete its report.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore Elementary student video in GEMA contest finals

Nothing says "emergency preparedness" quite like a winter weather jingle.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Officials offer reward for info in high school powder scare in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch High School has returned to normal after a brief scare Tuesday morning involving a note containing a powdery substance.

December 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Winter supplies arrive for children in need

The second annual Winter Wonderful has arrived, which means free coats, hats, gloves and more for kids.

December 03, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dooley makes book tour stop in area

For a moment, Vince Dooley is back on the sideline at Sanford Stadium, wide-eyed at what his freshman star Herschel Walker was about to achieve.

December 03, 2014 | David Thackham | Local


Local property tax abatement, cell tower relocation agreed upon to secure Kubota deal

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority voted Tuesday to approve, among other items, a "Repayment Agreement" between the county and Kubota Manufacturing of America over the purchase of 180 acres in the Gateway Industrial Centre in North Hall.

December 03, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Eyes on the Road: City to move water lines as part of project

Gainesville has begun the process to move water lines on U.S. 129/Athens Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation has targeted for widening.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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