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Shoppers hope for last-minute deals

The Christmas music started before Thanksgiving. The decorated trees filled department stores soon after. And the months of buildup to Christmas culminates with the final hectic days of shopping for the big day.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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


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Georgia, Hall popular setting for film location scouts

From "Goosebumps" to "Hard Knocks," Hall County and the state of Georgia are setting the stage for Hollywood's pursuits year-round, putting $5.1 billion in the Georgia economy.

August 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


I-985 Exit 14 project closer to reality

After decades of planning efforts and pushing by officials, construction of a new interchange on Interstate 985 between Oakwood and Flowery Branch appears to be on a funding track.

August 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Forsyth officials continue probing death at the lake

NORTHEAST FORSYTH - Authorities continue to investigate the presumed drowning death of a 19-year-old man, whose body was found Thursday in Lake Lanier after two days of searching.

August 11, 2014 | BY CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Class Notes: Hall principal visits Brazil

David Moody, principal of World Language Academy, is in Brazil as part of an administrator exchange program.

August 11, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall commissioners to review new park’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cornelia woman convicted on bomb charges now arrested on drug charges

A Cornelia woman on probation after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges was arrested Saturday night in Flowery Branch on a multitude of charges.

August 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lanier Islands Parkway district sinks

One year after gathering momentum, a push to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has fizzled, with once-interested parties looking elsewhere for improvements along the busy strip.

August 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Refugee children land in Gainesville, Hall schools

Both Hall County and Gainesville school districts have enrolled new Central American refugee students this school year.

August 10, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Big wheels of fun

Air horns, diesel engines and an occasional siren out-blasted the amplified music Saturday in City Park as children climbed on trucks and heavy equipment at the 15th annual Touch a Truck event. Twenty-seven vehicles came this year and kid turnout was good, said Missy Bailey, recreation manager for Gainesville Parks and Recreation, sponsor of the free event. "Kids love a truck," Bailey said. "And if they can touch a truck and honk the horn ..." The annual event is an annual rite of passage for some parents. Brittany Peters of Gainesville had a group of kids in tow. "We've been ...

August 10, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Hall County one of busiest for GBI bomb retrieval unit

August 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Boy Scouts honor Silver Beavers

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council were host to the 2014 Council Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Saturday at First Baptist Church on Green Street.

August 10, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Hall County looks to alter contract bid process

Hall County officials met last week to discuss possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regards to purchasing orders.

August 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wrestlers dive into Hall County for youth fundraising event

Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chad Mann traded his khakis for a tuxedo as the emcee for the "Brawl in the Hall" benefit Saturday night in the North Hall Community Center.

August 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flash flood warning in effect overnight as storms move through

Evening thunderstorms in Northeast Georgia could bring floods, heavy winds and hail, the National Weather Service warns.

August 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Church honors slain man in school supply giveaway

In an effort to reunite the community, Voices of Faith North church is honoring a slain Gainesville man today in a school supply giveaway.

August 09, 2014 | | Local


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