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Bronze vases stolen from graves

Even a final resting place isn't safe from thieves.

December 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Health care vote set for Christmas Eve

In a rare scheduling move, U.S. Senators will spend Christmas Eve at the Capitol voting on legislation that promises to overhaul the nation's health care system.

December 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Water service on portion of McEver road interrupted today

Water service will be interrupted at 10 a.m. today on McEver Rd. between Flat Creek Road and Radford Road. Crews from Gainesville Public Utilities are repairing a 12-inch water main.

Water will be off until late this afternoon.

December 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

New Year's resolution

Did you make a New Year's resolution a year ago that you have managed to keep throughout 2009? Whether it was a vow to get fit, save money or to eliminate bad habits, The Times would like to talk to you for a story on News Year's resolutions. Please contact staff writer Stephen Gurr at 770-718-3428 or

December 22, 2009 | | Local

Soldiers’ families get a Christmas surprise

While local soldiers are fighting overseas, the community is making sure their families have a merry Christmas.

December 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Henry Braselton, former mayor of namesake town, dead at 82

BRASELTON - Former mayor and councilman Henry Edward Braselton passed away Monday, according to town officials.

December 21, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local

Dawson County murder suspects denied bond

DAWSONVILLE - Two Dawsonville men arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of an Effingham County couple have been charged with murder and are being held without bond.

December 21, 2009 | By Michelle Hester Times regional staff | Local

Nichols named interim Gainesville police chief

Gainesville Police Department Deputy Chief Jane Nichols has been named interim chief and will replace retiring Chief Frank Hooper.

December 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Four charged in recent rash of burglaries

Four people have been charged with a series of burglaries that happened around the city in late November and early December.

December 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Holidays can be tough for grieving parents

FLOWERY BRANCH - For most people, the holidays are a time for family gatherings and relaxation, but for those who have lost a child, the season can be unbearable.

December 21, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local

Ham radio group seeks to expand four-fold

If you lose service on your personal cell phone, you may just curse and try your call again later. But what happens when emergency agencies and hospitals lose their vital communications?

December 21, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

Local group offers free ride home for tipsy partygoers

An early 1980s rock band popularized Jenny's 867-5309 telephone number, but if you are planning to drink over the holidays, you may want to call Bill instead.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Holiday travelers making plans for the journey home

At 5:10 p.m. Monday, Claretta Shaffers knew exactly where she wanted to be.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Favorite Christmas carols will never go out of style

Some songs capture an event so well, their message transcends multiple generations.

December 20, 2009 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local

Community steps up for Toys for Tots

Thanks to area agencies, students and the community, Toys for Tots was able to meet its goal this year of giving 6,000 toys to needy children in the Gainesville and Hall County community.

December 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

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Winter Adventure features snowy slides, ‘magical lights’ and Knockerball

Employees at Lanier Islands have turned the water park and surrounding beach area into a winter-themed wonderland, complete with mounds of snow and an ice ...

November 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

One person hurt in Cleveland aircraft crash

One person was taken to the hospital after an aircraft crash in Cleveland.

November 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Heather McConnell named Gainesville teacher of the year

The recently selected top teacher in Gainesville City Schools is a dedicated autism teacher at Gainesville Middle School.

November 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

4 places those in need can find a Thanksgiving meal in Gainesville

There are many in Gainesville who feel giving thanks means more than stuffing yourself on turkey and dressing.

November 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Local Syrian native: Refugee threat to US legitimate but exaggerated

A Gainesville surgeon and Syrian immigrant says the anxiety some Americans feel over the possible resettlement of refugees from his war-ravaged, native country is a ...

November 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Jingle Mingle lights up downtown Gainesville with Christmas spirit

Children squirmed in line, hoping to tell Santa Claus all their Christmas wishes, while their parents sipped hot cider and listened to the sounds of ...

November 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Laws that target panhandling put homeless in a bind

It is common for a Buddhist monk in training to panhandle for a day's meal. The act is intended to teach humility.

November 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville homeless camp floods — again

Plans to clean up the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville were canceled Thursday morning after torrential rains the night before once ...

November 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Former Young Life area director Doyle Johnson dies at 64

Doyle Johnson, a well-known Gainesville businessman and former area director of Young Life, died Wednesday at age 64.

November 19, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Teen brothers dead after Jefferson car wreck

Teen brothers and musicians were killed in a Wednesday night two-vehicle wreck in Jefferson.

November 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Swoszowskis, Maney recognized by North Georgia Community Foundation

During the past couple decades, giving has become something of a strong suit for Bob Swoszowski. And, as the owner of 12 area McDonald's ...

November 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Cherokee Bluffs Park opening Friday in South Hall

After years of planning, development and pulling together the needed funding, Cherokee Bluffs Park in South Hall County is set to formally open Friday to ...

November 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Rabid skunk found in East Hall

A skunk in East Hall County tested positive for rabies Wednesday, making it the 16th confirmed case in 2015.

November 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

NTSB: Residents reported fog after Habersham plane crash that killed 3

A preliminary federal report lists heavy fog conditions near a small plane crash Nov. 5 that killed three near the Habersham County Airport.

November 18, 2015 | Times staff, Associated Press reports | Local

Stand Down Event for veterans set for Saturday

The Hall County Veterans Coalition and American Legion Post 328's Stand Down Event for veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

November 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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