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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 douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

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


Pastor urges members to rekindle childlike faith this Christmas

Members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church were asked to rekindle their childlike faith at the church's midday Christmas Eve children's service.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Christmas tree fire only holiday incident in Hall

Hall County celebrated a quiet Christmas -- with the exception of a Christmas tree fire -- but the Georgia State Patrol has reported four deaths so far during the Christmas holiday driving period.

January 02, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


It’s Yuletide toil for some workers

While Christmas for most was a special day spent with family, food and gifts, it was just another day on the job for others.

January 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holidays looking glum for retailers

In a month that merchants rely on to put their ledgers in the black, it's been a dark December.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Welcome to the world, Jayda

Jayda Rose Vetere is barely a day old, but she already holds a record in Gainesville that no one will ever be able to beat.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


A refreshing dip or a big chill?

While most people were piling on extra layers of clothes before they went out Thursday to brave the 48-degree weather, there were at least 73 people in Gainesville who were taking their clothes off in public - some even stripped down to their underwear.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville school board to take up issue of tuition hike

The Gainesville school board will revisit the issue of altering out-of-city tuition rates at its Monday meeting.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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


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Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Morning wreck on I-985 causes backed up traffic

No one was seriously hurt in a morning wreck on Interstate 985 that resulted in snarled traffic and charges for one driver.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Belk plans annual spring charity sale

Belk's Spring Charity Sale lets customers support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Absentee ballots go in the mail for May 20 primary

Hall County has begun mailing the first batch of absentee ballots for the May 20 primary election.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


April showers don’t dampen expo flowers

The annual Spring Garden Expo drew a large crowd on its first day Friday despite wind and a threat of rain.

April 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Redevelopment proposed for Lanier Plaza Shopping Center

Gainesville is fast-tracking a rezoning application so Hutton, a developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., can proceed with purchasing and redeveloping the Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former ethics chief wins lawsuit

ATLANTA - Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and deputy title removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 05, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners hires new clerk

Lisa Ritchie has been hired as the new clerk for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. on track for new school tests next year

Nine months after dropping out of a national testing consortium, Georgia is still considering testing options for the next school year.

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students ready for spring break travel

Time to pack the cars and hit the roads - when school ends today, students in both the Gainesville and Hall County systems are on spring break.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves quarry expansion

Flowery Branch City Council approved a request by Vulcan Materials to expand its quarry operation by an additional 41 acres.

April 04, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Boat fire on Lake Lanier remains a mystery

Authorities are investigating an early Thursday boat fire on Lake Lanier, including trying to find the vessel's owners.

April 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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