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A new Flowery Branch tradition: Residents pray, light tree and sing Christmas carols

With the end of Thanksgiving comes the beginning of the Christmas season. And Flowery Branch Better Hometown celebrated the commencement of the season with a tree-lighting ceremony and prayer service Thursday evening.

November 27, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Early morning rain just a drop in the bucket

As turkeys were basted and casseroles cooked on Thursday morning, the rain trickling down kitchen windows was yet another blessing for which to be thankful.

November 27, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In dry times, schools are reusing water

To conserve water, Gainesville officials resolved to work with schools to "go paper" in cafeterias, but the idea seemed paper-thin to nutrition employees in the Hall County School system.

November 27, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau station gets funding boost

The funding couldn't come at a better time.

November 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News homeless shelter feeds hundreds on Thanksgiving

If you feed them, they will come.

November 27, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Driver charged with vehicular homicide

A 21-year-old man is charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Cumming that killed his 20-year-old passenger.

November 27, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Water ban violators may soon face fines in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch residents could soon be paying fines for violating the outdoor watering ban.

November 26, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State patrol predicts 18 holiday fatalities on highways

Troopers are predicting 18 deaths on Georgia roads this holiday travel period, which begins at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday.

November 26, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Children tell how they’d make a perfect Thanksgiving meal

If, by any chance, you are entrusting the preparation of your Thanksgiving feast to your first-grader, you may be in serious trouble.

The Times paid a visit to Tracy Markey's first grade class at Centennial Arts Academy in Gainesville to ask first-

November 26, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Development plans forwarded to Hall commission

Next month, Hall County will consider two major developments in the northern part of the county that have drawn opposition from several local residents.

November 26, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Road construction halts for the holidays

Today the roadwork that has consumed major chunks of asphalt on and off Interstate 985 and two ends of Ga. 53 in Hall County for months is on hold - but only for a short while.

November 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pingpong balls pick which judge works capital murder case

For a brief time Wednesday, a hearing in Hall County Superior Court took on the appearance of a serious bingo game.

November 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


This year’s Christmas tree crop not harmed by drought

September Leach was up early Wednesday morning in search of a Christmas tree. Her adventure brought her to the Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, where she had been before.

November 26, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Citizens arrest! Bathrobe-wearing hubby held suspects at gunpoint till wife got his pants

In the Highland Park subdivision, they're calling Eddie and Pam Cole "Dirty Harry and Dirty Harriet."

November 25, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DOT boss tells Hall state needs more than roads, bridges

The new Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner paid a visit to Hall County on Monday morning, her first since being named to the position in October.

November 25, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


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Voices of North Georgia community chorus gets $10K grant for operations

The Voices of North Georgia community chorus has been awarded a $10,000 operations grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, kicking off its 2014-2015 rehearsals with new excitement.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Flowery Branch council approves rezoning for planned unit development

A rezoning of residential land near downtown Flowery Branch opens the property for new homes.

July 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New data show area student growth in line with statewide averages

The Georgia Department of Education has released new data that show student achievement in Gainesville and Hall County is growing at a similar rate to achievement statewide.

July 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Firefighters fell more than 40 feet when bucket dropped

A dozen or more investigators continued Thursday combing through the malfunctioning Hall County fire truck that put three firefighters in intensive care units.

July 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


‘Fast, fresh, affordable’ pizza joint opens

There's one more pizza spot in Gainesville, with Uncle Maddio's on Dawsonville Highway opening to the public today.

July 24, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Long lines greet customers at recently opened Goodwill store on Ga. 400

Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.

July 24, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Master craftsmen nominees sought to promote trades

Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville, along with Lanier Technical College, is seeking nominations for the third annual Master Craftsmen, Builders of America ceremony on Oct. 16.

July 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Legal program wins national award for area public services

The Georgia Legal Services Program, which has an office in Gainesville, has won major recognition from the American Bar Association in the Hodson Award for Public Service for 2014.

July 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Railroad’s plan to build culverts hits snag in Flowery Branch

Norfolk Southern Railway Co.'s plans to build new culverts at crossings in Flowery Branch have been put off indefinitely, as the company awaits permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to work on Corps property.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boost in child services staff eases statewide case backlog

More cases are being reported to Child Protective Services, but the number of cases with overdue investigations is dwindling both statewide and in Hall County.

July 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Firefighters recovering in ICU after truck ladder dropped

In an outpouring of support, Georgia firefighters have come to the aid of three Hall County families affected by Tuesday's firefighter training accident.

July 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


GOP school chief race too close to call

ATLANTA - The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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