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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


Groups prepare to serve Thanksgiving meals for free

The holiday season is all about giving and receiving, and several local churches and organizations are looking to give a free Thanksgiving meal to those people who are in need.

December 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Judge will rule on South Hall hospital

WINDER - Following a two-hour hearing Monday, a Barrow County Superior Court judge said he will rule within three weeks on a challenge to a certificate of need for a 100-bed hospital in Braselton.

December 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Brenau professor earns Fulbright Scholarship

For the second time in two academic years, a Brenau professor has received a Fulbright Scholarship.

Brenau University Assistant Professor of Business Greg Chase has received a Fulbright Scholar appointment for teaching abroad in the Republic of Moldova.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


First United Methodist Church seeks ideas for service projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21.

Co-chairwomen for the event, Cherry Valentine and Sharon Farkas, are seeking ideas and suggestions for projects for the communitywide work day.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Preparations for Thanksgiving feast already are under way

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are starting the process of hunting and gathering all the necessary components for the yearly feast.

December 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Collins: Even in war zone, we are thankful

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. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

December 02, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Youth can win prizes for identifying birds

Georgia's fourth annual Youth Birding Competition doesn't take place for five months. But the Department of Natural Resources is urging kids to sign up now, so they can start practicing their birding skills.

December 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Education, medicine top legislative priority lists for local leaders

From teaching medicine to practicing medicine, education and health care are two key areas for Hall County's delegation coming into the next legislative session.

December 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Transportation funding at a crossroads yet again

A slowing of state transportation projects getting contracts looks to start again next year, as uncertainty over future federal funding builds anew.

December 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

As gas prices hit a record low for the year Saturday morning at $2.48 a gallon average in Gainesville, the steady decline in gas prices across the country has everyone excited - not just customers.

December 14, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sgt. Greg Cochran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office beat his own world record Saturday morning when he flipped a 555-pound tire 205 times.

December 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Man taken to hospital after fire burns small North Hall home

A man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after his home on Clarks Bridge Road burned.

December 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities find no trace of home invasion suspect

December 13, 2014 | Times regional reorts | Local


Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

December 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Gainesville law enforcement prohibit profiling

Following a federal expansion of the profiling ban this week, local law enforcement officials said their policies are set to hold their officers to similar standards.

December 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Many senior citizens are uncomfortable using a computer, but fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy want to help change that.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


J.C. Penney submits plans for $1M remodel at Lakeshore Mall

The J.C. Penney Co.'s department store at Lakeshore Mall has submitted plans for review to Gainesville's community development department that call for $1 million in renovations.

December 12, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Missing elderly man found in metro Atlanta

A man who went missing Wednesday from Gainesville was found Thursday at about 7 p.m. in metro Atlanta.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Pulitzer-winning photojournalist with Gainesville ties dies in Liberia

Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who started his career at The Times in the 1970s and more recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

December 12, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Bus service sets schedule for holidays

The Gainesville Connection bus service is offering extended hours in the days before Christmas.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Third annual memorial blood drive to honor Eagle Scout

The third annual Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday will honor an Eagle Scout and Gainesville High School band member.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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