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GAINESVILLE - Lorena Mosqueda knows she better be in school.

"If I don't, Ms. Reed will come pick me up," said the 14-year-old eighth-grader of East Hall Middle School's graduation specialist, Anne Reed.

January 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents wonder: Is any toy safe?

This Christmas shopping season, some parents and grandparents could be seen nervously perusing the toy aisles, picking up boxes and looking for the country of origin.

If they saw the words "Made in China," the box went back on the shelf.

January 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Mobile home fire considered ‘suspicious’

Hall County Fire Services is investigating a fire that destroyed a mobile home early Friday.

January 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday movie goers may see disaster ads

After the gifts have been opened and dinner has been eaten, there's not much to do on Christmas except go to the movies.

That's what the Georgia Department of Human Resources is counting on.

January 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man strings lights despite blindness

After dark, anyone driving down Lights Ferry Road in Flowery Branch can see the 'Merry Christmas' message beaming from Tommy Tallent's yard.

It took Tallent two full days to craft the 25-foot-long message out of white Christmas lights and neatly border the nearly 6-foot-high letters standing against his fence with red bulbs.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Better not pout, because Santa's already in town

GAINESVILLE - Hang your stockings and say your prayers, because Santa Claus comes tonight.

But the jolly old elf already has been spotted in town, as Gainesville's real Santa has been making numerous visits in Northeast Georgia and has seen hundreds of children. He took a few minutes from visiting with children Friday at Peach State Bank in Gainesville to give The Times some insight into the life of Santa.

January 04, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Last-minute shoppers flock to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - As children are shuffled between choir practice and Santa's lap, many shoppers scramble for last-minute gifts at the new Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The November opening of Kohl's department store and The Home Depot has provided local procrastinators a little more convenience this year. Many shoppers have foregone a trip to the Mall of Georgia in Buford and instead have found gifts at the new development.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Homeless pets get a little holiday love

Days before Christmas, homeless animals were treated to a little holiday cheer Saturday at the Hall County Humane Society.

Andrea Chandler and Christina Jones, employees at the Gainesville office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., treated the pets to play time and toys with the help of other volunteers. Chandler and Jones both said they are animal lovers and felt that those at the Humane Society deserved a Christmas treat as well.

January 03, 2008 | By Bianca Bruno bbruno@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


County’s trash sites to open on Christmas

If you dump your garbage outside a Hall County compactor site on Christmas morning, not only will Santa put you on his naughty list for next year, you also may get a ticket.

January 03, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


’Tis the season to play it safe

Gainesville Police Sgt. Dean Staples calls December "the deadliest time of the year" on local roads.

It's a time when holiday parties and their festivities can mean more drunk driving accidents, more injuries and more deaths than any other time, officials say.

January 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Derrer: Bird's-eye view of change

In 1980, Doug Derrer was driving down U.S. 129 in Hall County when he looked to his right and saw a field blanketed with freshly fallen snow. The young Miami-Dade police officer pulled his car to the highway shoulder and stepped out onto the icy asphalt.

"I had never seen snow falling," Derrer said, "and I pulled off and thought, 'This is where I want to be.'"

January 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


‘I’m like the guy who used to make wagon wheels’

When Jack Hoffman joined the Air Force in 1958, he was assigned to a unit which maintained electronic navigation equipment. It was an ironic assignment for a young man who grew up in a rural Rabun County home where electricity was not available.

For the past half-century, he has worked on a wide array of electronic devices, from antennas to Christmas tree angels.

January 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch’s finest walk a store beat

Saturday, some South Hall officers made Christmas a little brighter for the kids in their jurisdiction.

The Flowery Branch Police Department held its first "Shop with a Cop" event at the Wal-Mart in Oakwood.

January 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City leaders push to keep Mike Evans on DOT board

Some state officials may be on the road to booting Mike Evans from his post on the Georgia Department of Transportation board, but the Gainesville City Council wants to push them down a different path.

Earlier this month, the City Council sent a letter to all members of Hall County's state legislative delegation voicing support for Evans' re-appointment to the DOT board.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Specialist expands treatment options at cancer center

People who are diagnosed with a malignant tumor can generally expect to be referred to at least two specialists: a surgeon, who will try to remove the tumor, and a medical oncologist, who will administer chemotherapy.

But women who have cancers of the reproductive organs sometimes see only one doctor: a gynecologic oncologist, who performs both surgery and chemo.

January 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Schools consider bus partnership with Gainesville Connection

Ashley Bell wants to improve student achievement in Gainesville schools, and he thinks the local bus system can help.

October 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: Applications open for Hall charter schools, programs of choice

The application process for programs of choice and charter schools in Hall County is now open for high school and middle school.

October 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Memorial event recognizes the loss of a child

Families and friends who have lost a child may remember their little one in a candlelight ceremony this week.

October 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Ahaluna Heights residents ready to challenge proposed development

Residents of the Ahaluna Heights Neighborhood Association are ready to voice their concerns over plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, when the planning and appeals board meets Tuesday.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tight battle looms for open Senate seat

When Republican Saxby Chambliss announced last year that he would not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, a long list of GOP candidates began lining up to succeed him.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. Senate

Michelle Nunn

October 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Number of uninsured in Hall County is dropping

The number of uninsured Hall County residents has dropped to its second-lowest level in five years, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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