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Two charged with robbing taxi driver on Flat Creek Drive

Authorities charged two men with armed robbery Thursday morning after a taxi driver was robbed on Flat Creek Drive, according to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Medical center won't oppose Gwinnett heart surgery plans

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they don't feel threatened by Gwinnett Medical Center's bid to start an open-heart surgery program.

Gwinnett, which claims to be the nation's most populated county without an open-heart program, wants to apply to the Georgia Department of Community Health for a certificate of need, which the state requires in order to create any major medical facility or program.

January 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Retailers take returns as shoppers snap up sales

An hour before sunrise, there is a cadre of determined shoppers on the prowl. Most are women, many are sans makeup with their hair covered by a baseball cap. They are clad in sneakers to give them additional agility as they search for the coveted prize - a bargain worth bragging about.

The scene is repeated at store after store in Gainesville, such as Kohl's, Belk and J.C. Penney, which all opened their doors at 6 a.m. As other stores opened, so came the shoppers.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Traffic deaths for Christmas falls below projection

Twelve people were killed in crashes on state roadways over the Christmas holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But the latest number of fatalities falls well short of the prediction, perhaps a sign of increased vigilance among drivers and law enforcement.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area company gains several food contracts

For Jack Hough, it all began with a single yogurt shop in an outlet mall in Helen.

But in 1992, Hough's Gainesville company, MSE Branded Foods, introduced a concept of multiple brands sharing a common kitchen and management at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Under the tree to the trash pile: Compactor sites processing Christmas waste

GAINESVILLE - Each year, Christmas proves to be the trashiest of all the holidays.

People of Hall County, no longer running to the stores for last minute gifts, have started flocking to the local trash compactor sites to get rid of unwanted Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More rain on the way

GAINESVILLE - The drought is far from over, but expect more rainfall in the coming days.

Forecasters expect around a quarter to a half-inch of rain to fall on Friday, and are looking for nearly an inch to fall on Sunday.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voting ends at noon: The Top 10 stories of 2007

2007 was a busy year in Northeast Georgia. The area was hit hard by a record-setting drought. A local man became lieutenant governor. Our high school sports teams had great success. Lake Lanier turned 50.

January 07, 2008 | | Local


Schools may try Bible classes

GAINESVILLE - Bible elective classes as sanctioned by the state Department of Education could be coming to Hall County schools in the fall of 2008.

The district is looking at starting "Literature and History of the Old Testament Era" and "Literature and History of the New Testament Era."

January 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For some, Christmas still means business

While many are at home breaking bread on Christmas, others have to go to work and earn it.

For those people, working on Christmas is just part of the business.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Holiday lunch gives gift to volunteers, too

At noon, the good news is that volunteers come to serve lunch.

And no one even asks them to come.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont postal workers play Santa on Christmas

Through rain, sleet, snow and even Christmas, the Clermont Post Office delivers.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Long lines awaited Christmas Day moviegoers

GAINESVILLE - Christmas movies are a long-standing holiday tradition, but going to the movies on Christmas is a tradition that had some in Hall County standing in long lines.

Tuesday, at Gainesville's GTC Hollywood 15 Cinemas, the line for tickets stretched the length of a football field past the ticket window.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Recycle that tree

It's Christmas Day, and that pine tree in the corner of the room is already looking dried-out and tired.

January 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tradition lights way for the Christ child

For nearly 40 years, Kevin and Sam McAvoy have lugged Christmas with them as they trotted from Heidelberg, Germany, to Miami to El Paso, Texas, and finally to North Hall.

Kevin McAvoy, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has lived with his wife, Sam, on Shoreline Drive off Mount Vernon Road for 18 years. The couple is often responsible for igniting the Christmas spirit in the neighborhood, and Kevin McAvoy dresses as Santa on Christmas Eve - just as he has done for the past 39 years.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents remember lost children in candlelight service

There are no words to describe the loss of a child.

October 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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