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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local


Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local


North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Lanier Tech named state’s top technical college

When it comes to performance, education and development at technical colleges, Lanier Tech is ranked as the best in Georgia.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville Police Department equips officers with body cameras

In her 25-year career with the Gainesville Police Department, interim chief Carol Martin watched the evolution of police technology. Gone are the days of VHS car camera videos, with everything now becoming digitized and downloaded.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Miller aiming to ‘tend the garden’ planted

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Green Street closing today for holiday event

The busy traffic on Green Street today will be people instead of cars as Gainesville celebrates its annual Christmas on Green festivities.

December 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch cuts liquor license fees

The fee for Flowery Branch businesses to sell distilled spirits has been lowered after local restaurant owners complained the original rates were too high.

December 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville airport move could boost area economy

Planes four times larger than previously allowed now can land at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, a move that some believe could boost economic development.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New state-mandated profiles to assess kindergarten readiness

A child entering kindergarten may already know how to read, while a classmate may not know one letter of the alphabet.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Seniors warmed by group's gesture

Over 80 residents of Bell Minor Nursing Home were treated to handmade "lap cozies" from members of the Hall County Quilt Guild on Wednesday during a small morning reception in Gainesville.

December 04, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Lake group hopes to install lights on Lanier’s north side

Bill Tannahill saw firsthand how glowing solar lights placed atop hazard markers in Lake Lanier helped him and his family find the way home on a very dark night.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge & Bar: Flowery Branch holds silent auction for charity

Flowery Branch is hosting a silent auction Saturday to fund its Shop With a Cop program benefiting needy children.

December 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Georgia joins 17-state lawsuit against Obama's immigration action

Georgia and 16 other states are filing suit against President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

December 03, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Human bones found by hunters in Dawson

December 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Bus, vehicle collide in front of East Hall Middle

No students were injured when a Hall County school bus and vehicle collided on the bus' morning route Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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