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Churches get the gift of bigger crowds for Christmas

With Christmas days away, many area churches are preparing for large crowds at services this year.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State's population increase may add up to a seat in Congress

WASHINGTON - The nation's great migration south and west is slowing, thanks to a housing crisis that is making it hard for many to move. But growth in Georgia - North Georgia in particular - could mean the area gains congressional seats after the next Census.

December 31, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Turning to the sun saves North Hall man some green

Gary Peters would like to power his North Hall home with energy from the sun. That's no big surprise. Since October he has been generating much of the hot water for his house from a pair of solar panels installed on his roof.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Celebrate holiday safely, officials urge

From driving to fireworks, state officials are urging people to celebrate safely this New Year's holiday.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Area churches to hold special services tonight

While most will spend New Year's Eve partying, some will be praying.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Looking ahead: Hospital will mark year with new building, relocations

2009 will be a transformative year for Hall County's medical community.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gas tax drops Thursday

The Georgia Department of Revenue is giving motorists a present at the start of the new year, a drop in motor fuel taxes.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


As family finances dwindle, more horses face abandonment

When the mortgage crisis worsened in early 2008, there was an increase in reports of people abandoning cats and dogs in their foreclosed homes.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


On New Year's Day, you can buy antiques or go jump in the lake

Even after the peach has dropped and all of the champagne has been popped, there still are local ways to continue celebrating the new year.

December 31, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charles Baker sworn in as Hall's first new new clerk of court in 24 years

Over the next four years, Charles Baker's name will be stamped on tens of thousands of official papers.

December 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two more arrests made in Guilford Clinic burglaries

BRASELTON - Two more arrests have been made in connection with the recent Guilford Clinic burglaries in Braselton.

December 30, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times Regional Staff | Local


New thrift shop aims to help church, suicide prevention

Opening a combination thrift shop and gift shop was something Hoschton resident Michelle Worthy always wanted to do, but didn't have an opportunity to pursue until recently.

December 30, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Leaving the field means saying goodbye to special people

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. Collins has begun the process of transitioning to leave Iraq shortly, so this will be his last column from there.

December 30, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Jackson County has party options for New Year's Eve

Jackson County residents and visitors who are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve but don't feel like driving all the way to Atlanta to watch the peach drop, don't worry.

December 30, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Get last-minute tax breaks done soon

With just two days left in 2008, there are only a few things you can do that may offer potential income tax benefits.

December 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Hall County looking to reduce employee pay periods

Hall County officials are looking to cut costs by reducing the number of pay periods for employees, but any change is now unlikely before January or February.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to ease growth at overflowing schools

Hall County Schools is planning to make some shifts in facilities and schools near capacity in the southern and eastern parts of the county.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Property owners complain about proposed tax hike in Oakwood

Oakwood property owners, including three from the same neighborhood, criticized a proposed 50 percent hike in the city's property tax rate Monday, saying they believe officials should have eased in increases rather than hit residents all at once.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall Middle gets all clear after bomb threat

Students at North Hall Middle School have returned to school after evacuating for a bomb threat.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Body of drowning victim found in lake

The drowning victim who fell in Lake Lanier early Sunday has been found.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Times phone voicemail system not working

The Times' phone voicemail system is down, meaning those who call the newspaper will not be able to leave any messages for employees.

September 22, 2014 | | Local


$1.8 million judgment awarded in fraud case

A Buford man accused in May 2013 of misappropriating money from elderly investors must repay $1.8 million, according to a judgment by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Tech seeks to expand campus

Lanier Technical College leaders are hoping to kill two birds with one stone when they apply to build a new allied health facility on the school's Oakwood campus.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Blood drive to honor former GHS student

Averi Lane would be a senior at Gainesville High School this year, had she not lost a long battle with cancer in April.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


High-end subdivision planned near Dawsonville Highway

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America's Home Place, is looking to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision along Lake Lanier.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NGMC takes steps to guard against Ebola

With heightened concerns about the Ebola virus spreading beyond West Africa, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about controlling the disease.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library’s annual book sale attracts a crowd

The Gainesville library was full of people Sunday as the Friends of the Hall County Library System's biggest annual book sale in years came to a close.

September 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


US Census reports states income drops to 5-year low in Hall

The median household income in Hall County is at its lowest level in five years and is below both the Georgia and national averages, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Hall schools to celebrate signing of US Constitution

Hall schools are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with patriotic contests and displays.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall dive team seeks possible Lanier drowning victim

A 28-year-old man fell into Lake Lanier and did not resurface in a probable drowning over the weekend, law enforcement officials said.

September 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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