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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


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

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 | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

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.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

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.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall will keep investigating fire that made house 'unlivable'

Investigators will return Thursday to the scene of a blaze that damaged 70 percent of a South Hall home Wednesday night.

December 25, 2008 | Michael Hughes | Local


Is the air dirty near your child's school?

Some Hall County school officials were caught off guard last week when they heard about a USA TODAY online report called "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools."

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No gun arrests in incident last week at Flowery Branch High

Hall County school officials this week dispelled false rumors that a Flowery Branch high school student was arrested on gun charges Friday.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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The Local Agenda: Local government to have closures this week

Hall County's administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New Sugar Hill Elementary program to help children focus on talents, future

Elementary school students aren't always thinking about their future careers, but Sugar Hill Elementary School wants to help its students do so.

November 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dawsonville man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Former Hall County Jail clerk arrested on theft charges

After a monthlong investigation, a former Hall County Sheriff's Office clerk has been charged with transaction card theft.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Body found in Lake Lanier at Mary Alice Park

CUMMING - The body of a man was found Monday morning on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park, authorities said.

November 24, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Two men found with 7 pounds of marijuana

Two Gainesville men accused of carrying 7 pounds of marijuana totaling $14,000 were arrested Friday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

November 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School seeks graduation input

Gainesville High School wants parents and families of upcoming graduates to help plan the 2015 graduation.

November 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Intersections targeted for upgrades in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall clinic to be finished by early December

A few weeks before Christmas, Brett Jockell and his team hope to be out of the old East Hall library branch turned Hall County clinic.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets prepare to open

Two big-name markets providing the community with new pharmacies, fresh groceries and household merchandise will open at the start of the new year.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


9 Hall intersections targeted for improvements in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wind damages Flowery Branch gas station

No one was hurt Sunday when high winds and heavy rains brought down the awning at a Flowery Branch gas station.

November 23, 2014 | | Local


State park lodge renovations mostly complete

A multimillion-dollar project to renovate two longtime Northeast Georgia state park lodges is largely finished, with guests already taking advantage of the new rooms.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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