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West Hall High School is up and running after fire

West Hall High School was set to open on time and get back to a normal routine this morning, after a transformer that caught fire Thursday was replaced over the weekend.

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Baptist church holds gospel Christmas concert for all to see

St. John Baptist Church choirs celebrated the Christmas season Sunday night with soul-stirring versions of holiday carols and other tunes in an event dubbed as "a citywide celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ."

December 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Take caution with your holiday lights

The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights. Follow these general precautions to prevent unwanted fires and injuries:

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch band members ‘stoked’ over day in spotlight

"Stoked" is how Flowery Branch High School senior and band pit captain Caitlin White describes her feelings about performing in the Georgia Dome tonight.

As the Flowery Branch football team has traveled around the state to win 12 out of 14 games this fall, including four straight state playoff games, all 91 members of the school's marching band have been in tow.

December 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans wave Falcons on to the Dome

Flowery Branch High football fans turned out in force earlier today as the team headed for the Georgia Dome for the AAA state championship.

Coming later tonight and Sunday, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com will provide extensive coverage of the championship game. Complete game stories, analysis from our award-winning sports staff, and fan reaction, plus dozens of photographs from the Dome.

December 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson schools prepare to keep fiscal belts tight

JEFFERSON - This year, the state of Georgia faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to ask departments across the board to cut their budgets by 6 percent.

December 21, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


CASA kids get party, gifts at Flowery Branch

It was a happy day all around Friday for kids at Flowery Branch High School.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgians help Georgians: Hospital equipment bound for former Soviet republic

Georgia's been on James Jennings' mind a lot lately.

December 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group worried about increase in teen pregnancy

While some people may feel like it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, others feel as if it takes that same village to ensure that child doesn't end up with a baby of their own.

December 21, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


West Hall High classes are on for Monday

Hall County school administrators say they are 90 percent confident that West Hall High School will hold classes on schedule Monday following an electrical blaze Thursday night that left the school powerless and kept students out of school Friday.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school's electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids started accidental blaze with candle at Harrison Square

Four children in a bedroom in a Gainesville public housing unit accidentally set a bed on fire with a lit candle, fire officials said.

December 20, 2008 | | Local


Firefighters at scene of duplex blaze

There are two homes on fire at the corner of South and March drives.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Schools wait for security plan’s OK

Gainesville is among 32 school districts statewide that are not in compliance with a Georgia law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch players tour schools

Flowery Branch football players, joined by the band drum line and cheerleaders, toured all the feeder schools to Flowery Branch High School this morning.

December 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Independent audit to examine tax assessors office

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given Administrator Charley Nix the OK to pay an independent accounting firm to investigate the tax assessors office.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


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