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Man strings lights despite blindness

After dark, anyone driving down Lights Ferry Road in Flowery Branch can see the 'Merry Christmas' message beaming from Tommy Tallent's yard.

It took Tallent two full days to craft the 25-foot-long message out of white Christmas lights and neatly border the nearly 6-foot-high letters standing against his fence with red bulbs.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Better not pout, because Santa's already in town

GAINESVILLE - Hang your stockings and say your prayers, because Santa Claus comes tonight.

But the jolly old elf already has been spotted in town, as Gainesville's real Santa has been making numerous visits in Northeast Georgia and has seen hundreds of children. He took a few minutes from visiting with children Friday at Peach State Bank in Gainesville to give The Times some insight into the life of Santa.

January 04, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Last-minute shoppers flock to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - As children are shuffled between choir practice and Santa's lap, many shoppers scramble for last-minute gifts at the new Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The November opening of Kohl's department store and The Home Depot has provided local procrastinators a little more convenience this year. Many shoppers have foregone a trip to the Mall of Georgia in Buford and instead have found gifts at the new development.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Homeless pets get a little holiday love

Days before Christmas, homeless animals were treated to a little holiday cheer Saturday at the Hall County Humane Society.

Andrea Chandler and Christina Jones, employees at the Gainesville office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., treated the pets to play time and toys with the help of other volunteers. Chandler and Jones both said they are animal lovers and felt that those at the Humane Society deserved a Christmas treat as well.

January 03, 2008 | By Bianca Bruno bbruno@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


County’s trash sites to open on Christmas

If you dump your garbage outside a Hall County compactor site on Christmas morning, not only will Santa put you on his naughty list for next year, you also may get a ticket.

January 03, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


’Tis the season to play it safe

Gainesville Police Sgt. Dean Staples calls December "the deadliest time of the year" on local roads.

It's a time when holiday parties and their festivities can mean more drunk driving accidents, more injuries and more deaths than any other time, officials say.

January 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Derrer: Bird's-eye view of change

In 1980, Doug Derrer was driving down U.S. 129 in Hall County when he looked to his right and saw a field blanketed with freshly fallen snow. The young Miami-Dade police officer pulled his car to the highway shoulder and stepped out onto the icy asphalt.

"I had never seen snow falling," Derrer said, "and I pulled off and thought, 'This is where I want to be.'"

January 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


‘I’m like the guy who used to make wagon wheels’

When Jack Hoffman joined the Air Force in 1958, he was assigned to a unit which maintained electronic navigation equipment. It was an ironic assignment for a young man who grew up in a rural Rabun County home where electricity was not available.

For the past half-century, he has worked on a wide array of electronic devices, from antennas to Christmas tree angels.

January 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch’s finest walk a store beat

Saturday, some South Hall officers made Christmas a little brighter for the kids in their jurisdiction.

The Flowery Branch Police Department held its first "Shop with a Cop" event at the Wal-Mart in Oakwood.

January 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City leaders push to keep Mike Evans on DOT board

Some state officials may be on the road to booting Mike Evans from his post on the Georgia Department of Transportation board, but the Gainesville City Council wants to push them down a different path.

Earlier this month, the City Council sent a letter to all members of Hall County's state legislative delegation voicing support for Evans' re-appointment to the DOT board.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Specialist expands treatment options at cancer center

People who are diagnosed with a malignant tumor can generally expect to be referred to at least two specialists: a surgeon, who will try to remove the tumor, and a medical oncologist, who will administer chemotherapy.

But women who have cancers of the reproductive organs sometimes see only one doctor: a gynecologic oncologist, who performs both surgery and chemo.

January 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


White County man killed in wreck

A Cleveland man was killed Friday in a car crash on Ga. 11 just north of Cleveland, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Michael Bailey, 26, was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound on the highway just north of High Meadow Trail when he attempted to pass a Jeep Wrangler driven by 31-year-old Jennifer Crews of Gainesville, officials said.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Attention shoppers: You have three days left to fill your Christmas list

If you've finished buying your holiday gifts, you're in the minority.

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday thefts targeted by task force

Several dozen people won't be home for the holidays, locked up as part of a Hall County Sheriff's Office plan intended to ferret out potential gift-stealing grinches in the community.

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teacher thrills students with tale of zero-gravity flight

To say that Tracy Robar was light on her feet doesn't quite describe the experience.

The Gainesville High School math teacher was like a kid on a playground, tumbling, floating, falling and getting up to do it all over again.

January 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region - perhaps not surprisingly - is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two overnight fires in N. Hall deemed suspicious

Two overnight fires in North Hall County are believed to be suspicious but not connected, according to Hall County Fire Services.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Curriculum, budget hot topics at school board forum

Common core, board transparency and fiscal accountability were the main topics discussed during a Thursday education forum for Board of Education candidates hosted by the Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

April 11, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia leads country in growth of women-owned businesses

There's no one road for a woman to take when it comes to owning and operating her own business.

April 11, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County commercial, industrial tax notices mailed today

Annual tax assessment notices for about 4,200 commercial and industrial properties in Hall County were dropped in the mail today, but it's not time to pay up quite yet.

April 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal backs medical marijuana trials

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced two separate efforts to pursue clinical trials on a cannabis-based drug that has shown promise in helping children who suffer from seizure disorders.

April 11, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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