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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Take caution with your holiday lights

The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights. Follow these general precautions to prevent unwanted fires and injuries:

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson schools prepare to keep fiscal belts tight

JEFFERSON - This year, the state of Georgia faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to ask departments across the board to cut their budgets by 6 percent.

December 21, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


CASA kids get party, gifts at Flowery Branch

It was a happy day all around Friday for kids at Flowery Branch High School.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch band members ‘stoked’ over day in spotlight

"Stoked" is how Flowery Branch High School senior and band pit captain Caitlin White describes her feelings about performing in the Georgia Dome tonight.

As the Flowery Branch football team has traveled around the state to win 12 out of 14 games this fall, including four straight state playoff games, all 91 members of the school's marching band have been in tow.

December 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans wave Falcons on to the Dome

Flowery Branch High football fans turned out in force earlier today as the team headed for the Georgia Dome for the AAA state championship.

Coming later tonight and Sunday, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com will provide extensive coverage of the championship game. Complete game stories, analysis from our award-winning sports staff, and fan reaction, plus dozens of photographs from the Dome.

December 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgians help Georgians: Hospital equipment bound for former Soviet republic

Georgia's been on James Jennings' mind a lot lately.

December 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group worried about increase in teen pregnancy

While some people may feel like it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, others feel as if it takes that same village to ensure that child doesn't end up with a baby of their own.

December 21, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


West Hall High classes are on for Monday

Hall County school administrators say they are 90 percent confident that West Hall High School will hold classes on schedule Monday following an electrical blaze Thursday night that left the school powerless and kept students out of school Friday.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school's electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids started accidental blaze with candle at Harrison Square

Four children in a bedroom in a Gainesville public housing unit accidentally set a bed on fire with a lit candle, fire officials said.

December 20, 2008 | | Local


Firefighters at scene of duplex blaze

There are two homes on fire at the corner of South and March drives.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Schools wait for security plan’s OK

Gainesville is among 32 school districts statewide that are not in compliance with a Georgia law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch players tour schools

Flowery Branch football players, joined by the band drum line and cheerleaders, toured all the feeder schools to Flowery Branch High School this morning.

December 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Independent audit to examine tax assessors office

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given Administrator Charley Nix the OK to pay an independent accounting firm to investigate the tax assessors office.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch's humble start ends in state final 6 years later

In 2002 the first new public high schools in more than 15 years opened in Hall County.

To the South, Flowery Branch High, serving students along the booming Interstate-985 corridor. To the North, Chestatee High, a district roughly encompassing a swath between Dawsonville Highway and Thompson Bridge Road.

December 20, 2008 | Brent Holloway | Local


Catholics mark Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with festival

They came bearing roses and braved the brisk afternoon air to celebrate the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe with traditional dancing.

December 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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NASA director visits Chestnut Mountain

Children bounced on their knees and shot their hands into the air, hoping the NASA scientist would call on them.

November 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Sen. Butch Miller cited by Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Sen. Butch Miller was honored Wednesday by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia for his efforts this year to improve policy that affects county operations and infrastructure.

November 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


N. Ga. men convicted in terror plot sentenced to 10 years

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Church serves a feast of thanks to area first responders

Multiple agencies responded to a call Thursday afternoon at West Hall Baptist Church to a Thanksgiving feast that needed to be put away for good.

November 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


2 arrested in South Hall burglaries

A Gainesville couple are in custody after Hall County authorities linked them to a string of residential burglaries in South Hall.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


West Hall focuses on community ahead of big football game

For West Hall High Principal Scott Justus, tonight's football game is less about the result and more about the community the team's winning season has inspired.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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