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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Have a merry, safe Christmas

The big day is here, and it is time for fun with family and friends. These are some last-minute reminders to ensure that today is a fire safe one for you and your family.

January 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Need a last minute gift?

You've got the children, the family dog, the gifts and the pumpkin pie all packed into the car, ready for the three hour drive this morning to grandmother's house.

January 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


A Christmas connection

Once was a time when a long-distance call - which was pretty much anywhere outside of the county - required the assistance of an operator.

January 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A Christmas to cherish: Mother recovers from addiction, reunites with kids

FLOWERY BRANCH - Today will be a special Christmas for Candy Hicks and her three boys.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Holiday is more than lights, gifts

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, and today he shares a special Christmas Day column with our readers. His column resumes its usual Tuesday publication next week. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

January 02, 2009 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Gift returns may be easier this year

Is that yellow polka-dotted tie Aunt Norma got you too flashy for your taste? Or was mom too conservative in her estimate of your real sweater size?

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pastor urges members to rekindle childlike faith this Christmas

Members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church were asked to rekindle their childlike faith at the church's midday Christmas Eve children's service.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Christmas tree fire only holiday incident in Hall

Hall County celebrated a quiet Christmas -- with the exception of a Christmas tree fire -- but the Georgia State Patrol has reported four deaths so far during the Christmas holiday driving period.

January 02, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


It’s Yuletide toil for some workers

While Christmas for most was a special day spent with family, food and gifts, it was just another day on the job for others.

January 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holidays looking glum for retailers

In a month that merchants rely on to put their ledgers in the black, it's been a dark December.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Welcome to the world, Jayda

Jayda Rose Vetere is barely a day old, but she already holds a record in Gainesville that no one will ever be able to beat.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


A refreshing dip or a big chill?

While most people were piling on extra layers of clothes before they went out Thursday to brave the 48-degree weather, there were at least 73 people in Gainesville who were taking their clothes off in public - some even stripped down to their underwear.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville school board to take up issue of tuition hike

The Gainesville school board will revisit the issue of altering out-of-city tuition rates at its Monday meeting.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Piedmont circuit swears in its new prosecutor

Brad Smith took his oath of office Monday as the new district attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, administered by Senior Judge T. Penn McWhorter at the Jackson County Courthouse.

January 01, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local


9 die in holiday wrecks

Nine people already have died in traffic crashes on Georgia's roads, with three days left in the long holiday weekend.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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