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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

A vote next year on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax could give a boost to the idea conceived in the Vision 2030 program.

Denise Deal, executive director of the program, told a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering on Wednesday that five of the program's "Big Ideas" are included in some form in the proposed tax referendum, set for March 17.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

As he listened to the Christmas wishes of children who joined him for a carriage ride around Gainesville's downtown square Thursday evening, Santa Claus did not seem fazed by the troubles of the economy.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Retired lake manager recalled as passionate about Lanier

Chris Lovelady recalled disagreement in the office over Erwin Topper's idea to set up campground housing for Army Corps of Engineers volunteers working at Lake Lanier.

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Road Atlanta prepares for upcoming Petit Le Mans

A prominent worldwide event is set to once again take place in South Hall County.

September 16, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville apartment fire displaces three people

An adult and two children were displaced Tuesday by a fire at the Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville, according to the city fire department.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities seize $100,000 of meth in Gainesville arrest

After showing up with a kilogram of methamphetamine at a predetermined location, according to authorities, a Cumming woman was arrested Thursday and charged with methamphetamine trafficking.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local schools make state list for high progress

Three Gainesville schools and two Hall County schools made a list for those with the highest progress in the state.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Suspects chased by Hall deputies face burglary, traffic charges

The two home invasion suspects pursued Monday by Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies have been charged with burglary and numerous traffic offenses, officials said.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


White Sulphur Road railroad crossing closed today

White Sulphur Road will be closed today at the railroad crossing between Pine Valley Road and Crescent Drive.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Processing of dock permits restarts today

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications after 8:30 a.m. today for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cooler temps won’t hang around

It may feel like autumn this week, but summer hasn't had its last hurrah yet.

September 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to hold meeting on tax, water rates today

Gainesville City Council will hold second readings today to roll back the property tax rate and set the water rate.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula city manager says tax agreement in the works

Hall County plans to present to the cities by Oct. 15 an intergovernmental agreement concerning a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money, Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin said Monday night.

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspects crash into pine tree after pursuit by Hall deputies

Two Canton residents suspected in a home invasion crashed their truck Monday afternoon in the woods after a pursuit from Hall County deputies.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Orchestra, musicians hit sour note on contract talks

Kathy Amos of Gainesville has always been drawn to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra because the music it has produced "does something for my soul."

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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