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The Times gets frank with Kris Kringle

Sitting down with Santa Claus is like sitting down with an old friend. As a reporter, I have had several occasions to spend a little time with this jolly guy and was fortunate enough to draw the assignment again.

January 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Change in insurance law may raise rates

If you receive a form letter from your auto insurance company, don't toss it in the trash.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Looking ahead, Gainesville: Bulldozers, new buildings mark new era

For Gainesville officials, out with the old means a multimillion-dollar project to demolish the city's existing downtown parking deck to make room for a new one.

December 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law requires new homes to have carbon monoxide alarm

Georgia has declared war on the "silent killer."

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New laws target car tags, Web prowlers

A number of new state laws take effect today, including statutes involving everything from railroad crossings to specialized license plates.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Kids celebrate the new year at INK

Although most of their bottles were filled with milk, area kids celebrated New Year's Eve as fervently as any after-hours carouser.The young ones had their own daytime celebration at the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids on Wednesday, complete with not one but two parades to ring in the New Year.

December 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school system pays off $7.5 million loan

The Gainesville school system squeaked in under the deadline Wednesday, paying back a more than $7.5 million loan due by year's end.

December 31, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jarrard takes sheriff's oath in Lumpkin County

DAHLONEGA – New Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard had more than five months since his Republican primary victory to prepare for the biggest job of his life.

December 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


From military bases, with love

They may be glowing with pride, but many Georgia families aren't feeling quite the same joy this Christmas season.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man struck and killed by train in Habersham County

Habersham County Sheriff's officials have not yet identified a man who was struck and killed by a train late Monday.

Capt. Rick Salemi said a white male was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on tracks near Garland White Road in Alto about 10 p.m. Monday. The train stopped after hitting the man.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chaplain in Iraq hits the Web on Christmas Day

State Rep. Doug Collins,R-Gainesville, is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. His weekly column, which typically posts on gainesvilletimes.com on Tuesdays, will post on Christmas this week.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowers blown off Alta Vista graves

Very high winds over the weekend blew several flower arrangements off monuments at Alta Vista Cemetery that may need to be retrieved and returned to their proper locations.

If anyone needs assistance, please stop by the cemetery office at 521 Jones St. The cemetery can be entered off Jesse Jewell Parkway during daylight hours.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gwinnett officer shoots, injures robbery and kidnapping suspect

A robbery and kidnapping suspect was shot by a Gwinnett officer following a car chase early Monday morning in Buford.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson City Council gives green light to church expansion

JEFFERSON - Two local churches have brought rezoning requests before the Jefferson City Council and one has been given approval, while the other has requested that action be delayed for another month.

December 31, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Stay warm, but safely

During the winter months, the number of residential fires increases due to home heating. Many individuals turn to alternative heating methods as a way to decrease the high utility bills. Be sure to consider the following:

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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