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Bell sworn in as Hall commissioner

Ashley Bell took the oath of office Friday to become Hall County's newest commissioner.

January 03, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Looking Ahead: New era, same challenges for Hall County in ’09

Hall County's commissioners agree that 2009 will be a challenging year, and some new faces will help forge the path it takes on the issues that lie ahead.

January 03, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

DNR sets meeting Tuesday in Dahlonega over hunting rules

Attention all hunters: If you want to get in your 2 cents on hunting regulations, Tuesday is your chance.

January 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Roads staying safe across area so far

The streets have remained safe so far this New Year's holiday season, with no serious accidents in Hall County and few traffic arrests.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Gainesville couple manages finances from biblical perspective

Many young couples expect to take on a mortgage and car payments as they start their families.

January 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Hall County’s new solicitor takes office

Attorney Stephanie Woodard, who moved with her family to Hall County just four years ago, was sworn in Friday as the county's solicitor general.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Ga. 53 reopens after wreck in Hoschton

HOSCHTON -- Residents and businesses in Hoschton lost power when a driver hit a telephone pole on Ga. 53. The incident closed both lanes of Ga. 53 around 1:15 p.m.

January 02, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local

Santa left a big bag of trash. Now what?

Santa Claus came and left a mess. But if you live in Hall County you'll likely have to wait until Friday to get rid of it.

January 02, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Old-time savings accounts make comeback at smaller banks

In the days before credit cards became common, many shoppers looked to establishing a Christmas Club account at the local bank to make sure they had enough money to purchase gifts for their loved ones.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Have a merry, safe Christmas

The big day is here, and it is time for fun with family and friends. These are some last-minute reminders to ensure that today is a fire safe one for you and your family.

January 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Need a last minute gift?

You've got the children, the family dog, the gifts and the pumpkin pie all packed into the car, ready for the three hour drive this morning to grandmother's house.

January 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

A Christmas connection

Once was a time when a long-distance call - which was pretty much anywhere outside of the county - required the assistance of an operator.

January 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local

A Christmas to cherish: Mother recovers from addiction, reunites with kids

FLOWERY BRANCH - Today will be a special Christmas for Candy Hicks and her three boys.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Holiday is more than lights, gifts

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, and today he shares a special Christmas Day column with our readers. His column resumes its usual Tuesday publication next week. His e-mail address is

January 02, 2009 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local

Gift returns may be easier this year

Is that yellow polka-dotted tie Aunt Norma got you too flashy for your taste? Or was mom too conservative in her estimate of your real sweater size?

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

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Georgia politicians debating Syrian refugee issue cite national security, compassion

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to halt the resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the country over ...

November 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Murder convict asks for new trial in Peppers Market shooting

Video evidence and a trial attorney's effectiveness were at the center of testimony Tuesday in a motion for a new trial for a man ...

November 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Chicopee kindergarten teacher named teacher of the year for Hall County

A kindergarten teacher at Chicopee Woods Elementary School is the top educator this year in the Hall County School District.

November 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Industries of the year honor their teams' work

Whether the industry is big or small, many company leaders feel there's one common denominator that makes a business successful: having good people.

November 17, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

With floodwaters gone, cleanup at homeless camp begins

The homeless living beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville are finally drying out after floodwaters swamped their encampment following recent heavy rains. Now the ...

November 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Lula house fire causes major damage, no injuries

No injuries were reported as a 4,100-square-foot house in the 5000 block of Latty Road in Lula was 75-percent damaged in a fire Monday ...

November 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Local French speakers say ‘seed of love’ will grow in wake of Paris attacks

Montine Whelchel Smith, who has a trip to Paris written on her bucket list, said the feelings of love will overpower hatred after attacks Friday ...

November 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

New state designation could boost Lula planning efforts

Lula's new state designation as a "PlanFirst" community could help the northeast Hall County city save some money as it pushes ahead with planning ...

November 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Kid’s dream of firefighting comes to life

Facing the first fire of his career, Sean Robertson walked hand in hand Monday with Hall County Fire Services Battalion Chief Tyler Dorsey.

November 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Scores lower on ‘more rigorous’ Georgia Milestones tests

Full results of the Georgia Milestones are in, and scores across the board are lower than those of previous assessments.

November 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Chickens slow traffic on Green Street

Chickens slowed traffic in the heart of Gainesville, the poultry capital of the world, Monday night.

November 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Local students take cue from Missouri race protests

When protesters at the University of Missouri forced the school's president to resign last week after his perceived mishandling of racist incidents on campus ...

November 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Free Range Art’s first piece unveiled in downtown Gainesville

The Public Art Committee of Vision 2030 unveiled the first installation of its Free Range Art Project series on Monday afternoon in the Hunt Tower ...

November 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Suspect sought after shooting of occupied vehicle

A Gainesville man is being sought in a Monday afternoon shooting of an occupied vehicle off Cleveland Highway in North Hall County.

November 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Deal says he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia

Several U.S. governors, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of ...

November 16, 2015 | Times staff, Associated Press reports | Local

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