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Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

A vote next year on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax could give a boost to the idea conceived in the Vision 2030 program.

Denise Deal, executive director of the program, told a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering on Wednesday that five of the program's "Big Ideas" are included in some form in the proposed tax referendum, set for March 17.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

As he listened to the Christmas wishes of children who joined him for a carriage ride around Gainesville's downtown square Thursday evening, Santa Claus did not seem fazed by the troubles of the economy.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Gainesville Police Department equips officers with body cameras

In her 25-year career with the Gainesville Police Department, interim chief Carol Martin watched the evolution of police technology. Gone are the days of VHS car camera videos, with everything now becoming digitized and downloaded.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Miller aiming to ‘tend the garden’ planted

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Green Street closing today for holiday event

The busy traffic on Green Street today will be people instead of cars as Gainesville celebrates its annual Christmas on Green festivities.

December 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch cuts liquor license fees

The fee for Flowery Branch businesses to sell distilled spirits has been lowered after local restaurant owners complained the original rates were too high.

December 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville airport move could boost area economy

Planes four times larger than previously allowed now can land at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, a move that some believe could boost economic development.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




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


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