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Health care bill clears Senate

Both Georgia's Republican senators have promised to continue to fight Democrat-led health care reform after the U.S. Senate voted Thursday morning to approve its health care bill.

December 24, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Family trades Christmas presents for church in Africa

Beth Propes Suggs asked for something a bit unusual from her family this Christmas: a church in Africa.

December 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holiday wrecks may claim 18 lives, state patrol says

The Georgia State Patrol predicts 18 people will die on Georgia roads during the 78-hour Christmas holiday weekend, a total that likely won't be helped by heavy rains overnight Christmas Eve.

December 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Obama wants Yates as US attorney

Longtime federal prosecutor Sally Quillian Yates got an early Christmas present Thursday when the White House nominated her to serve as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

December 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fond Christmas memories focus on simpler times, homemade gifts

Phoebe Vickers remembers fondly the Christmas she finally got a Barbie for her doll collection.

December 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Christmas melodies complete the season

For most folks, Christmas isn't complete without the songs.

December 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retelling a story that never gets old

Children donned halos, robes and head scarves at First Presbyterian Church's Christmas Eve service to retell the birth of Jesus Christ, the child that Christians believe is God's greatest gift to humankind.

December 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


10-foot cross shines across Lake Lanier

Like a Christmas miracle, one day out of the blue a 10-foot-tall cross adorned with sparkling lights appeared - seemingly floating over the lake by Thompson Bridge Road near Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

December 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


No one injured in Royal Lakes fire

Hall County firefighters this morning put out a house fire in the Royal Lakes subdivision in South Hall, officials said. No one was injured.

December 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Santa hears wishes of old — and new

Parents' wallets may be a little thin this year, but kids sitting on Santa's lap are still wishing for the stars.

December 23, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Task force goes after sex offenders; absconders targeted

The U.S. Marshals are known for getting their man.

December 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Corps to close park areas for deer hunt

Laurel Ridge Trail and most of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks along Buford Dam Road are set to close Jan. 5-6 for a quota deer hunt sponsored by the corps.

December 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


2009 to go down as one of rainiest on record

In early 2009, no one predicted that it would be one of the rainiest years on record.

December 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stroke, osteoporosis screenings will be offered Jan. 11

Life Line screenings for risk of stroke or bone fractures are scheduled for Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St.

December 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

June 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




House boat a total loss after morning fire

A large, unoccupied houseboat in Buford caught fire Friday morning after suspected electrical malfunctions, authorities said.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Bojangles' coming to Braselton

Braselton residents don't have to wait until opening day to get their first taste from the city's new Bojangles'.

June 25, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont OKs fireworks ordinance

Clermont Town Council voted Thursday to OK a law regulating the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a state law taking effect Wednesday that expands their sale and use.

June 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local poultry producer withdraws IPO

Citing an unfavorable market, an Oakwood-based poultry producer has withdrawn its planned initial stock offering.

June 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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