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Piedmont circuit swears in its new prosecutor

Brad Smith took his oath of office Monday as the new district attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, administered by Senior Judge T. Penn McWhorter at the Jackson County Courthouse.

January 01, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local

9 die in holiday wrecks

Nine people already have died in traffic crashes on Georgia's roads, with three days left in the long holiday weekend.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Antique shop maintains annual New Year's Day auction

Every year, Flowery Branch Antiques' doors are opened on the first day of the new year for a special auction and every year dozens of enthusiasts flood the warehouse in search of a bargain.

January 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Looking ahead: Slumping economy may mean more crime and fewer resources

Hall County's two biggest law enforcement agencies could face the two-pronged challenge of an economic crunch this year - fewer resources and the possibility of an increase in some crimes.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Recreation programs see fewer participants

Gainesville Parks and Recreation planned two days of activities for kids over winter break, called Camp Cold-A-Lotta and set for Monday and Tuesday. The only problem was, nobody signed up.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Fewer people expected to travel for Christmas

Despite a dramatic plunge in the price of gasoline, fewer people are traveling this holiday season.

January 01, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Gardner: Don't pay for Medicaid by taxing hospitals

The head of Northeast Georgia Health System rejected on Wednesday a plan being considered by Gov. Sonny Perdue to charge hospitals and health insurance companies extra fees to help offset the state's budget shortfall.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local

Stimulus package could pump billions into roads

As part of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package, Georgia is seeking about $3.4 billion for transportation needs.

January 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall moves up rankings of well-off counties

With a per capita income of less than $18,000 and more than a quarter of its population living in poverty, Hancock is the poorest county in Georgia, according to a new list that also ranks Oconee the state's most prosperous county.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local

12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Careful at the stove, oven

During the holidays, it is easy to get wrapped up in entertaining guests, but it is important to monitor meal preparations, since most cooking fires start when cooking is left unattended. Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires in America, and the number of cooking-related fires increases dramatically during this time. The following safe cooking tips can help to make your holiday dinner safe and enjoyable:

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

The economy hits home: Local charities not feeling pinch – yet

In hard times, the giving continues.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

So far, so good for Gainesville property tax collections

Judging by the lack of a line at Gainesville's tax office Monday, one would not expect city property tax payments to come in anywhere near what the city needs to operate.

January 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Shoppers hope for last-minute deals

The Christmas music started before Thanksgiving. The decorated trees filled department stores soon after. And the months of buildup to Christmas culminates with the final hectic days of shopping for the big day.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

The Times gets frank with Kris Kringle

Sitting down with Santa Claus is like sitting down with an old friend. As a reporter, I have had several occasions to spend a little time with this jolly guy and was fortunate enough to draw the assignment again.

January 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Change in insurance law may raise rates

If you receive a form letter from your auto insurance company, don't toss it in the trash.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

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Thanksgiving brings out volunteers to distribute meals

It was a day of giving, of service and of fellowship.

November 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Police presence ramps up ahead of Black Friday shopping

In and around stores, law enforcement will have a heavier presence ahead of the Black Friday shopping weekend.

November 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Bike helmet giveaway set for Monday

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County and Hall County Fire Services are sponsoring a bike helmet giveaway for children ages 5-10 from 5-7 p.m. Monday ...

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Teen faces DUI, other charges after crashing into Cumming steakhouse

November 25, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Lakewood Baptist opening coffee shop in downtown Gainesville

Lakewood Baptist Church has plans to open a 5,000-square-foot coffee shop and deli at the corner of Washington and Green streets in downtown Gainesville.

November 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Food programs help families make ends meet

Brenda Vargas is thankful today that two of her children who attend Fair Street Elementary in Gainesville receive free lunches every school day.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Georgia Power warns of scammers

In light of recent reports of scammers impersonating Georgia Power employees in person and over the phone, the company is reminding customers to be cautious ...

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Gainesville man threatened homeowner, was tied to previous home invasion

A Gainesville man with a handgun allegedly shouted vulgarities at an Antioch Campground Road homeowner, according to authorities.

November 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

2,600 gallons of sludge mistakenly pumped into Flat Creek

About 2,600 gallons of sludge was mistakenly pumped into Flat Creek in a wastewater spill Tuesday night, Gainesville Department of Water Resources officials estimated.

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Homeless camp cleanup set for Friday

Bring your boots and gloves because Mother Nature has played dirty with the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Thanksgiving trivia: Turkey Day by the numbers

• 117 million occupied housing units in America

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

2 overnight fires leave a family homeless, but no one hurt

Two overnight fires kept Hall County Fire Services crews busy, but there were no injuries in either, spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett reported.

November 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Water waste law targets irresponsible users

Wasting water will no longer be just an ethical problem in Gainesville.

November 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville hoping for grant to launch downtown street makeover

Beautifying city streets and intersections, and making them more accessible to pedestrians, is one of the bigger aspects of Gainesville's new downtown plan to ...

November 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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