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Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

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.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

Don't get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don't rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn't a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it's supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

December 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula keeps contractor for veterans park

After reconsidering the low bidder for the Lula Veterans Park, the Lula City Council decided to stick with the original contractor.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


15 people die in holiday wrecks in Georgia

The Georgia State Patrol said rain was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks that happened during the holiday weekend, resulting in more wrecks than had been predicted.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy

Saddled with debt from the costly acquisition of a competitor and facing skyrocketing feed prices, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. had been swimming for months in red ink.

December 09, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Gainesville residents get first choice on elementary enrollment

Gainesville residents will get a two-week head start in January on enrolling their children into the Gainesville elementary school of their choice.

The Gainesville school board adopted a new procedure Monday that will allow the parents of Gainesville school children to enroll kids into any of the school system's five elementary schools beginning Jan. 15.

December 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hampton Inn near complete in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch has a skyline forming with the planned opening this month of its first modern-era hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday eats can be land mines for health

The holidays can be a minefield for anyone who's on a special diet.

December 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson singer/songwriter brings tour home for benefit concert

Corey Smith comes off with a certain coolness. He just conveys that quality. It's the calm confidence of a man going his own way, doing his own thing, writing what he wants to write, singing what he wants to sing.

December 09, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE Times regional staff | Local


Mountain counties get grant to study fiber optic network

DAHLONEGA - A quartet of Lumpkin County officials welcomed Gov. Sonny Perdue to town by singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Perdue later responded by playing Santa Claus.

December 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tri-state water wars fought on many fronts

The 18-year-old dispute over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama is a tangled web that includes seven federal lawsuits in three different court systems and a plethora of plaintiffs.

December 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Toys for Tots campaign almost didn't happen

This year, Gail Detraz believes more local families will need a little help to have a merry Christmas.

December 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire makes home in South Hall ‘unlivable’

A fire that began in the fireplace of an elderly woman's South Hall home Sunday night has left it unlivable, according to the Hall County fire marshal.

December 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Colder weather most often ushers in fire season

Every year when the mercury dips, the calls to Gainesville and Hall County fire stations go up.

December 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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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


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Serving up smiles

Twenty-two current and former sports figures and notable locals can add "celebrity server" to their resumes after working restaurant tables Thursday night for a local child abuse advocacy center.

April 04, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Cox, Moore fill Hall County School District roles

Jamey Moore was officially approved Thursday morning as North Hall High School's next principal, and Matt Cox will join the Hall County School District's facilities department.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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