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Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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


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City water program includes improving service in Gateway area

Gainesville is gearing up for what could be a two-year effort to improve water service in the area around Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall County.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch facility gets ball rolling for Tesla

A Flowery Branch plant is getting the motor running for Tesla Motors, a producer of electric cars increasing in popularity.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug Free Coalition honors retiring juvenile court judge

Entering the final month of his 24-year juvenile court career, Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff received the second annual Mary Parks Youth Champion Award on Tuesday night at a ceremony in Gainesville.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville council gives first OK in rezoning for assisted living center

Gainesville City Council gave its first OK Tuesday night to a zoning change that would pave the way for a planned 200-bed assisted living center on Thompson Bridge Road.

December 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Humanist group sues Hall school district over prayers

A lawsuit has been filed against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 02, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Equipment catches fire, damages Athens Street business

No one was injured when equipment being repaired caught fire Monday and damaged an Athens Street business in Gainesville, according to Hall County Fire Services.

December 01, 2014 | | Local


Maine lawyer to oversee ‘water wars’ suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Portland, Maine, lawyer to oversee a Florida lawsuit alleging Georgia's water consumption has drained flows into the Apalachicola Bay, home of Florida's oyster industry.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Love Light shining again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A green tree glows in sparkling white once again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Riders give strong feedback on Gainesville transit changes

Routes were one thing, but Gainesville Connection destinations also got a small group excited.

December 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall planning commission approves rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The Hall County Planning Commission voted Monday in favor of a rezoning request brought by Brenau University for a new athletic complex.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man rescues young son as fire burns home

When Robert Elliott saw the smoke, he rushed upstairs to grab his almost 5-year-old son Mason, the walls quickly melting around him.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board lists its priorities for legislators

Gainesville City Schools has a list of issues it wants its legislators to consider.

December 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visiting Christmas tree farms becomes family tradition

Kathy Cooper's son Tyler leaves for the mountains about 6 a.m. to cut down trees.

November 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Firefighters battling fire at Arbor Point home

Hall County firefighters late tonight are battling a residential fire in the 6500 block of Arbor Point in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia Democrats debate future after ‘14 losses

ATLANTA - If Democrats want to win statewide in Georgia, they'll need to start now by reaching out to key constituencies and dedicating more money and resources to building up a network of grass-roots supporters.

November 30, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


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