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Piedmont circuit swears in its new prosecutor

Brad Smith took his oath of office Monday as the new district attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, administered by Senior Judge T. Penn McWhorter at the Jackson County Courthouse.

January 01, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local


9 die in holiday wrecks

Nine people already have died in traffic crashes on Georgia's roads, with three days left in the long holiday weekend.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Antique shop maintains annual New Year's Day auction

Every year, Flowery Branch Antiques' doors are opened on the first day of the new year for a special auction and every year dozens of enthusiasts flood the warehouse in search of a bargain.

January 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Looking ahead: Slumping economy may mean more crime and fewer resources

Hall County's two biggest law enforcement agencies could face the two-pronged challenge of an economic crunch this year - fewer resources and the possibility of an increase in some crimes.

January 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Recreation programs see fewer participants

Gainesville Parks and Recreation planned two days of activities for kids over winter break, called Camp Cold-A-Lotta and set for Monday and Tuesday. The only problem was, nobody signed up.

January 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fewer people expected to travel for Christmas

Despite a dramatic plunge in the price of gasoline, fewer people are traveling this holiday season.

January 01, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gardner: Don't pay for Medicaid by taxing hospitals

The head of Northeast Georgia Health System rejected on Wednesday a plan being considered by Gov. Sonny Perdue to charge hospitals and health insurance companies extra fees to help offset the state's budget shortfall.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Stimulus package could pump billions into roads

As part of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package, Georgia is seeking about $3.4 billion for transportation needs.

January 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall moves up rankings of well-off counties

With a per capita income of less than $18,000 and more than a quarter of its population living in poverty, Hancock is the poorest county in Georgia, according to a new list that also ranks Oconee the state's most prosperous county.

January 01, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


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


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Brenau gets green light on physical therapy doctorate program

Brenau University will soon be accepting and educating future doctors of physical therapy.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville planning board OKs one request, denies another

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board met Tuesday night to discuss requests for a rezoning and a zoning amendment.

December 09, 2014 | | Local


Suspect identified in Monday stabbing

The suspect and victim in a stabbing Monday morning have been identified.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


US unveils federal law enforcement profiling curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

December 09, 2014 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Local


The Local Agenda: State legislators to discuss issues over breakfast

Legislators representing Hall County under the Gold Dome are scheduled to talk about the upcoming legislative session at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast.

December 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau construction remains on schedule

The extensive construction on Brenau University's campus is well underway and right on schedule for completion next year.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners discuss tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday took up the issue of tennis court repairs at the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall to release sales tax projects list

Residents planning to attend a final public input meeting Thursday on a proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax should have some projects to consider if they go.

December 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville church OKs easement for new housing

City officials received the green light from an area church on an easement for a new housing development into the church parking lot.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deputies searching for man suspected in stabbing

A man was stabbed Monday and the suspected attacker is on the run, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State ethics agency faces more changes

ATLANTA - After a stinging audit and a staffing overhaul, the state ethics commission looks to a new year that could bring even more significant changes.

December 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville school board supports naming field for Cabbell

The Gainesville City Board of Education recognized the late E.L. Cabbell at its Dec. 1 meeting and voiced support for naming a city field after him.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas on Green Street brings cheer to Gainesville

On Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares was shut down for the annual Victorian-themed Chistmas on Green Street.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Improving economy drives up auto sales

Automobile dealerships in Gainesville are seeing huge upticks in sales this year, believed to be on the upswing due to lower interest rates and higher consumer confidence.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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