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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


Barrow judge says 'no' to new South Hall hospital

The chief executive of Northeast Georgia Medical Center said the hospital plans to appeal a Barrow County Superior Court judge's ruling to deny a permit for a new hospital in South Hall County.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville will pay $3,750 fine for sewage spill

The city of Gainesville has agreed to pay $3,750 to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a sewage spill that happened July 22.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


North Hall Middle students decorate tree to honor coach’s fight with cancer

Christmas trees adorned with ornaments aimed at raising funds for cancer research have graced the hallways of North Hall Middle School for the past seven years. But this year is the first a tree was decorated in honor of a faculty member battling cancer.

December 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville wants DOT grant to pay for MLK Boulevard improvements

Gainesville officials are searching for another way to fund the restoration of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

December 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 arrested in Guilford Clinic break-ins; 2 more sought by police

BRASELTON - Two arrests have been made and police were searching Tuesday for two more suspects in connection with the ransacking of a pair of Braselton medical clinics last week.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said two men face charges related to recent break-ins at Braselton's two Guilford Clinics, located at 5796 Old Winder Highway and 7367 Spout Springs Road.

December 24, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr and Claire Miller sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Lake Lanier rises a foot in 1 week

With rain received over the last week, it looks like Lake Lanier may not hit a record low water level this winter as anticipated.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT will halt road construction for Christmas

Travelers won't have to worry about construction-related lane closings as they head to their holiday destinations.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County records 43rd rabies case of year

Hall County's rabies epidemic apparently isn't taking a break for the holidays. The number of confirmed cases this year has now climbed to 43.

According to Hall County Animal Control, on Dec. 10 a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Claude Parks Road area of North Hall. The skunk's remains were sent Monday to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed Tuesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blackwood: Ah, the frenzied magic that is Christmas Eve

There is just something about Christmas Eve. The first half is pure crazy with people rushing to finish their shopping, work or whatever has to be done before the holiday.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Post office deals with busiest day of the year

If you went to the post office on Monday, you were not alone.

December 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County sales tax vote set for March 17

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has unanimously adopted a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to go before voters on March 17.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Songs from the base keep your heart warm

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Next week, Collins' column will run on Christmas Day instead of the usual Tuesday.

December 23, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins For The Times | Local


DOT awards contract in project to replace Gainesville traffic signals

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.84 million contract for the replacement of traffic signals at 11 intersections along Jesse Jewell Parkway and Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369.

December 23, 2008 | | Local


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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


DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Forsyth assistant principal on leave following arrest

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Dawson County commissioners seek back taxes from hotel

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emerging partnership benefits local housing programs

A partnership between the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to build and rehabilitate homes and neighborhoods across Gainesville is beginning to pay big dividends.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Camp Merrill debate alive in US House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville argued Wednesday before the House Armed Service Committee for control of Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega to be transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Defense.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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