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Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

A vote next year on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax could give a boost to the idea conceived in the Vision 2030 program.

Denise Deal, executive director of the program, told a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering on Wednesday that five of the program's "Big Ideas" are included in some form in the proposed tax referendum, set for March 17.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

As he listened to the Christmas wishes of children who joined him for a carriage ride around Gainesville's downtown square Thursday evening, Santa Claus did not seem fazed by the troubles of the economy.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall will keep investigating fire that made house 'unlivable'

Investigators will return Thursday to the scene of a blaze that damaged 70 percent of a South Hall home Wednesday night.

December 25, 2008 | Michael Hughes | Local


Is the air dirty near your child's school?

Some Hall County school officials were caught off guard last week when they heard about a USA TODAY online report called "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools."

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No gun arrests in incident last week at Flowery Branch High

Hall County school officials this week dispelled false rumors that a Flowery Branch high school student was arrested on gun charges Friday.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Stabbing victim, 3 others charged in burglaries

A teen recovering from a stab wound has been charged along with three others in connection with a Monday burglary spree.

December 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Candles can spark a blaze

Many holiday celebrations and observances require the use of candles. The number of candle-related fires increases significantly during this holiday season. In order to ensure a fire-safe holiday when using candles, follow these precautions:

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lake lands big fishing event in 2010

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Lake Lanier will be the site of the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren't the only ones upset about the General Assembly's proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn't a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission's Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn't keep them from teaching and learning.

February 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child's injury at a local child care provider.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical marijuana bill passes key hurdle in state legislature

ATLANTA - A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.

February 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

February 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Gainesville Police couldn't let it go any longer.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Some roads are slick this morning in Hall County following a dusting of snow.

February 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power companies worked feverishly last week to restore power to tens of thousands, but there was still work to be done Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway

In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

February 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood delays action on residential parking ordinance

A proposal to limit parking in the front of houses in Oakwood will get further study from the city's planning commission.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively

After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools leaning toward becoming IE2 system

The Hall County Board of Education is considering giving its strongest schools a bit more flexibility.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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