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
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.
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
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.
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.
The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.
For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.