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Thanksgiving in jail: Turkey dinner a nod to holidays

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey and dressing - even at the Hall County jail.

The big, 1,026-bed building on Barber Road has more meals served inside it daily than anywhere else in the county, and Thursday, that meal was as traditional as stripes on an inmate's uniform: turkey, dressing, rice, greens and cranberry sauce.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chateau Elan festival will light the night

New York may have its tree in Rockefeller Center, but the City of Braselton has a whole chateau.

As northerners prepare for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the people over at Chateau Elan are preparing for their own traditional holiday event.

December 04, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Foster mother indicted in baby’s death

A Jackson County woman who left a 9-month-old foster child unattended in a car has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman on Wednesday announced the indictment against 29-year-old Wendy Osbourne of Nicholson in the Sept. 2 death of baby Jessica Scovil from heat exposure.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Members, others thankful for Boys & Girls Clubs

Hundreds of children poured into the Boys & Girls Clubs' building near Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to celebrate Thanksgiving with their other family with whom they spend their afternoons five days a week.

Members of the Keystone Club served a free ham dinner Tuesday to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

December 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Resignations cut police force to five

HOSCHTON - Two Hoschton police officers have announced their resignations in the middle of the city's budget problems.

December 03, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County: Date of birth required for tax exemption

A new tax exemption rule passed in the Nov. 4 general election is causing some confusion, according to Hall County officials.

December 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall divers help search for evidence

Divers from the Hall County Sheriff's Office helped search a pond in Barrow County on Tuesday for evidence in the shooting of two Auburn residents Nov. 15.

The dive team was called to a pond located behind Parks Mill Apartments, according to Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown. That's where an Auburn woman was shot seven times and her boyfriend shot once in the abdomen while they slept in their apartment.

December 03, 2008 | Allie Jackson Times regional staff | Local


Cheap gas, air fare sales might boost holiday travel numbers

After fuel prices took a nose dive this month, many are predicting Thanksgiving travel will not drop as much as initially expected.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


North Hall house fire called suspicious

A fire that destroyed a vacant home Monday night in North Hall is suspicious, officials said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said firefighters from three stations responded about 10 p.m. Monday to a fire at 8947 Forrester Road off Skitts Mountain Road. The 1,100-square foot woodframe house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Cagle said.

December 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cottrells named 'Philanthropists of the Year'

Mike and Lynn Cottrell of Dahlonega were honored Tuesday as "Philanthropists of the Year" by the North Georgia Community Foundation.

December 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jefferson students learn to be active

JEFFERSON - A top McDonald's executive stopped by Jefferson Elementary School to impart a little knowledge to the students on Tuesday.

December 03, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hoschton wrestles with revenue, proposed property tax

HOSCHTON - Residents who attended Hoschton's two public hearings last week urged City Council members to balance the budget, and most reiterated their strong opposition to any proposed city property tax.

December 03, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Forsyth driver killed in collision with school bus

CUMMING - Authorities have identified the Forsyth County man killed Tuesday morning when the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a school bus on Ga. 369.

December 03, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Enota academy's donations overwhelm project coordinator for new food bank

The kids at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy collected thousands of cans of food during their recent food drive, and Georgia Mountain Food Bank Project Coordinator Kay Blackstock said she was blown away when she arrived to pick up the food Tuesday.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


After annexations, Flowery Branch sure it can resolve illegal island

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to annex two parcels of land into the city limits, temporarily creating an illegal island.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cleanup finally coming to Flat Creek

Funding to improve Flat Creek's water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a "monumental" agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

December 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Male stabbed on East Ridge Road

A male was stabbed Tuesday evening in the 1100 block of East Ridge Road, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


BYOB painting concept comes to Gainesville

The Gainesville community now has another option of what to do on Saturday night, or Thursday or Friday.

December 16, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Free gun locks available for pickup through Friday

Gun locks are available for free at three Gainesville locations.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville city schools to renovate district’s central office

The Gainesville Board of Education wants to improve the district's central office.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Volunteer with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is asking people to volunteer with him Thursday at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank to prepare food boxes.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Area government offices to close for Christmas, New Year’s

Gainesville and Hall County offices have set hours around the upcoming holidays.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Fire Services wants to help victim who lost house in Saturday's blaze

Members of the Hall County Fire Services are hoping to reach a man displaced by a Saturday afternoon fire.

December 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Burial plot rates may rise at cemetery

The price of burial spaces may be rising at Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery.

December 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula nearing budget as it wraps up downtown work

Lula is cutting it close on dollars as it wraps up a downtown improvements project.

December 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


3 men arrested in robbery investigation suspected of gang ties

Three suspects arrested at a Hall County home Sunday following a robbery investigation were charged with having alleged criminal street gang ties.

December 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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