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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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


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Gainesville man pleads not guilty to grandmother's stabbing death

A Gainesville man indicted in June in the death of his grandmother has pleaded not guilty, according to the Hall County district attorney's office.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Deal, Collins make campaign stop in Gainesville

Two Gainesville leaders seeking re-election made a joint campaign stop Friday in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau University honors master nurses

Brenau University honored six Northeast Georgia nurses Thursday at Featherbone Communiversity for their compassion, care and expertise.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Farmers market coming to Newtown

Beginning next year, Newtown community residents will have access to even more locally grown produce than what currently grows in the Ruby Wilkins Community Garden.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Group seeks opportunities for the disabled

All About Developmental Disability advocates asked the public Thursday to "be the voice" for people with developmental disabilities.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid beaver had contact with human in Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Lake Point area in North Hall County after a person had contact with a rabid beaver.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

The call came over the radio, a 10-7 (out of service) and 10-42 (end of tour of duty) for Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard. It was a call that gave a dignified sign-off for Dillard, who died while directing traffic Feb. 3, 1977, on U.S. 129.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two suspects indicted in West Avenue shooting

An alleged drug deal ending in the death of the man police say was the dealer has led to two men being indicted on felony murder charges.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville homeless man indicted on murder charges

A Gainesville homeless man was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony murder, having allegedly slammed another homeless man's head against a metal guardrail.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Metro Gainesville jobless rate down in August

The metro Gainesville unemployment rate for August fell to 6.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7 percent in July, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Middle school students collect, present insects

Wednesday was the day for Directed Studies' annual Bug Extravaganza in the media center of North Hall Middle School. Students had to collect at least 25 insects over the summer for the independent study project and research their scientific classifications and names. The event also featured musical presentations as well as entomology presentations by the students and buggy treats to eat.

September 25, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Oakwood police are asking for any information in the theft of six computers from a local Wal-Mart.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall fire marshal elected to state association post

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle traveled to Macon last week to represent only Hall County, but he came back as an advocate for 118 more counties.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending

ATLANTA - Georgia voters who are tired of political advertising this year should count small blessings: It could always be worse.

September 25, 2014 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


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