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Fire puts family out of Winder Highway home

A fire at a home on Winder Highway created a traffic jam late Friday afternoon. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the call came in about 4:30 p.m. for the fire at a single story, 1,500 square-foot wood frame home at 4240 Winder Highway. The house was being rented by Israel Dino and was home to Dino, his wife and young daughter.

November 28, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Workshop teaches students about World War II

Ten Gainesville youth took a step back in time on Friday as they learned what life was like during World War II.

"It would be pretty scary and tough" to be a kid growing up in the midst of a war, said 11-year-old Jordan Banks, a student at Davis Middle School.

November 28, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Hispanics now one-third of Hall students

Hispanics have long dominated the student population in Gainesville city schools, but the ethnic group is quickly becoming a predominant group in Hall County schools as well.

November 28, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Bargain blitz kicks off holiday shopping season

Drake Shurtleff's shopping experience began at 8 a.m. Thursday. While many were awaiting a platter of turkey, Shurtleff was awaiting the opening of Best Buy electronics store on Dawsonville Highway.

November 28, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Drought may halt growth

Developers already promised water will not be left high and dry, though Gainesville has resolved to curb new development in an effort to cut water use.

The city is working to cut its water use to 15.82 million gallons per day, but has not quite reached the state-mandated target.

November 28, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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


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Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Program teaches officers how to handle aggressive dogs

Flipping through a series of dog pictures, David Jones asks the room of officers attending an Aug. 10 training program what the dog is telling them.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Sinkholes have Georgia’s attention

Georgia sinkholes may not spread to house-swallowing size - like ones that have opened up in Florida in recent years - but the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't just dismiss them as random acts of nature.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


University starts classes with new offerings at Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia is offering new bachelor's degree programs for the new school year at its Gainesville campus.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services office has new manager

A new manager is at the helm of the Department of Driver Services in Gainesville.

August 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Families learn about the history of Georgia railroads

August 17, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Class Notes: Hall County seeks veterans for honorary diplomas

The Hall County School District is seeking to issue honorary high school diplomas to veterans of foreign wars who weren't able to complete high school because of their military service.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Helen shooting victim identified as Houston woman

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank looks for help from other sources

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Christian-themed concert raises funds to help homeless families

Community members enjoyed sunny skies and live music Saturday, all with the intent to end homelessness in the county.

August 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville couple endures highs and lows of adoption

The door stood shut, harsh and uninviting.

August 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Church sponsors day of projects across Gainesville

At the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, volunteers gathered to tie the knot.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


GOP opens campaign center in Flowery Branch

It may still be August, but area Republicans are thinking ahead to the November election.

August 16, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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