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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


Sheriff’s office: Teen stabbed in gang fight

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old gang member. They believe the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon on Bob Bryant Road, is the result of an altercation between members of two known street gangs: Mexican Vatos Society and La Onda.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New traffic signals slated for Jesse Jewell, Browns Bridge

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 | Jeff Gill | Local


Third arrest made in minister's slaying

A third person has been arrested in connection with the Nov. 30 slaying of a Clermont youth minister, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Cleveland Police Department.

December 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Just how low will fuel go?

Rumors are circulating that gas prices will plummet as low as $1 per gallon, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Gregg Laskoski doesn't see that happening here.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep tree healthy

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem, but a dry and neglected tree can be.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools likely to pay tax anticipation note on time

Although tax collections have been slow in coming, Gainesville school system's finance director said the system likely will be able to pay off its more than $7.5 million tax anticipation note by the year's end.

December 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DOT won’t give Gainesville the green light at new school site

Gainesville officials say they will install a new red light by the time the new Gainesville Middle School opens in August, but the Georgia Department of Transportation begs to differ.

December 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


You can brighten up the holiday blues

This is the season when we're supposed to feel joyous and jolly. And if we don't, we think there's something wrong with us.

December 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch considering traffic light at busy intersection

FLOWERY BRANCH - As Oakwood prepares to complete the northern end of Thurmon Tanner Parkway in tandem with the state, Flowery Branch is looking at possibly adding a traffic light to the opposite end.

December 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Short on funds? Buying via these Web sites boosts local charities

It has been described as giving without giving and for some charities already has generated thousands of dollars.

December 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Program teaches officers how to handle aggressive dogs

Flipping through a series of dog pictures, David Jones asks the room of officers attending an Aug. 10 training program what the dog is telling them.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Sinkholes have Georgia’s attention

Georgia sinkholes may not spread to house-swallowing size - like ones that have opened up in Florida in recent years - but the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't just dismiss them as random acts of nature.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


University starts classes with new offerings at Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia is offering new bachelor's degree programs for the new school year at its Gainesville campus.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services office has new manager

A new manager is at the helm of the Department of Driver Services in Gainesville.

August 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Families learn about the history of Georgia railroads

August 17, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Class Notes: Hall County seeks veterans for honorary diplomas

The Hall County School District is seeking to issue honorary high school diplomas to veterans of foreign wars who weren't able to complete high school because of their military service.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Helen shooting victim identified as Houston woman

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank looks for help from other sources

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Christian-themed concert raises funds to help homeless families

Community members enjoyed sunny skies and live music Saturday, all with the intent to end homelessness in the county.

August 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville couple endures highs and lows of adoption

The door stood shut, harsh and uninviting.

August 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Church sponsors day of projects across Gainesville

At the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, volunteers gathered to tie the knot.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


GOP opens campaign center in Flowery Branch

It may still be August, but area Republicans are thinking ahead to the November election.

August 16, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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