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West Hall High School is up and running after fire

West Hall High School was set to open on time and get back to a normal routine this morning, after a transformer that caught fire Thursday was replaced over the weekend.

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Baptist church holds gospel Christmas concert for all to see

St. John Baptist Church choirs celebrated the Christmas season Sunday night with soul-stirring versions of holiday carols and other tunes in an event dubbed as "a citywide celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ."

December 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Take caution with your holiday lights

The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights. Follow these general precautions to prevent unwanted fires and injuries:

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch band members ‘stoked’ over day in spotlight

"Stoked" is how Flowery Branch High School senior and band pit captain Caitlin White describes her feelings about performing in the Georgia Dome tonight.

As the Flowery Branch football team has traveled around the state to win 12 out of 14 games this fall, including four straight state playoff games, all 91 members of the school's marching band have been in tow.

December 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans wave Falcons on to the Dome

Flowery Branch High football fans turned out in force earlier today as the team headed for the Georgia Dome for the AAA state championship.

Coming later tonight and Sunday, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com will provide extensive coverage of the championship game. Complete game stories, analysis from our award-winning sports staff, and fan reaction, plus dozens of photographs from the Dome.

December 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson schools prepare to keep fiscal belts tight

JEFFERSON - This year, the state of Georgia faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to ask departments across the board to cut their budgets by 6 percent.

December 21, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


CASA kids get party, gifts at Flowery Branch

It was a happy day all around Friday for kids at Flowery Branch High School.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgians help Georgians: Hospital equipment bound for former Soviet republic

Georgia's been on James Jennings' mind a lot lately.

December 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group worried about increase in teen pregnancy

While some people may feel like it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, others feel as if it takes that same village to ensure that child doesn't end up with a baby of their own.

December 21, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


West Hall High classes are on for Monday

Hall County school administrators say they are 90 percent confident that West Hall High School will hold classes on schedule Monday following an electrical blaze Thursday night that left the school powerless and kept students out of school Friday.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school's electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids started accidental blaze with candle at Harrison Square

Four children in a bedroom in a Gainesville public housing unit accidentally set a bed on fire with a lit candle, fire officials said.

December 20, 2008 | | Local


Firefighters at scene of duplex blaze

There are two homes on fire at the corner of South and March drives.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Schools wait for security plan’s OK

Gainesville is among 32 school districts statewide that are not in compliance with a Georgia law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch players tour schools

Flowery Branch football players, joined by the band drum line and cheerleaders, toured all the feeder schools to Flowery Branch High School this morning.

December 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Independent audit to examine tax assessors office

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given Administrator Charley Nix the OK to pay an independent accounting firm to investigate the tax assessors office.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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