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Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

Don't get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don't rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn't a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it's supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

December 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula keeps contractor for veterans park

After reconsidering the low bidder for the Lula Veterans Park, the Lula City Council decided to stick with the original contractor.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


15 people die in holiday wrecks in Georgia

The Georgia State Patrol said rain was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks that happened during the holiday weekend, resulting in more wrecks than had been predicted.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy

Saddled with debt from the costly acquisition of a competitor and facing skyrocketing feed prices, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. had been swimming for months in red ink.

December 09, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Gainesville residents get first choice on elementary enrollment

Gainesville residents will get a two-week head start in January on enrolling their children into the Gainesville elementary school of their choice.

The Gainesville school board adopted a new procedure Monday that will allow the parents of Gainesville school children to enroll kids into any of the school system's five elementary schools beginning Jan. 15.

December 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hampton Inn near complete in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch has a skyline forming with the planned opening this month of its first modern-era hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday eats can be land mines for health

The holidays can be a minefield for anyone who's on a special diet.

December 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson singer/songwriter brings tour home for benefit concert

Corey Smith comes off with a certain coolness. He just conveys that quality. It's the calm confidence of a man going his own way, doing his own thing, writing what he wants to write, singing what he wants to sing.

December 09, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE Times regional staff | Local


Mountain counties get grant to study fiber optic network

DAHLONEGA - A quartet of Lumpkin County officials welcomed Gov. Sonny Perdue to town by singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Perdue later responded by playing Santa Claus.

December 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tri-state water wars fought on many fronts

The 18-year-old dispute over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama is a tangled web that includes seven federal lawsuits in three different court systems and a plethora of plaintiffs.

December 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Toys for Tots campaign almost didn't happen

This year, Gail Detraz believes more local families will need a little help to have a merry Christmas.

December 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire makes home in South Hall ‘unlivable’

A fire that began in the fireplace of an elderly woman's South Hall home Sunday night has left it unlivable, according to the Hall County fire marshal.

December 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Colder weather most often ushers in fire season

Every year when the mercury dips, the calls to Gainesville and Hall County fire stations go up.

December 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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