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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Careful at the stove, oven

During the holidays, it is easy to get wrapped up in entertaining guests, but it is important to monitor meal preparations, since most cooking fires start when cooking is left unattended. Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires in America, and the number of cooking-related fires increases dramatically during this time. The following safe cooking tips can help to make your holiday dinner safe and enjoyable:

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: Local charities not feeling pinch – yet

In hard times, the giving continues.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


So far, so good for Gainesville property tax collections

Judging by the lack of a line at Gainesville's tax office Monday, one would not expect city property tax payments to come in anywhere near what the city needs to operate.

January 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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


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


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


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It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area experts warn against rising Islamic State terror

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard believes those wondering whether the Islamic State's reach could extend into middle America should remember or learn what happened in Beslan, Russia, in September 2004.

September 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


World Language Academy immerses students in languages, culture

September 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Harvest of Hope’s message: Living with cancer, not dying from it

Cancer patients came together with other survivors, doctors and vendors Saturday at the annual Harvest of Hope at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Artists share works at annual Art in the Square

A picture-perfect Saturday greeted visitors as area artists set up shop in the downtown Gainesville square for the 11th annual Art in the Square festival.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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