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Churches get the gift of bigger crowds for Christmas

With Christmas days away, many area churches are preparing for large crowds at services this year.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State's population increase may add up to a seat in Congress

WASHINGTON - The nation's great migration south and west is slowing, thanks to a housing crisis that is making it hard for many to move. But growth in Georgia - North Georgia in particular - could mean the area gains congressional seats after the next Census.

December 31, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Turning to the sun saves North Hall man some green

Gary Peters would like to power his North Hall home with energy from the sun. That's no big surprise. Since October he has been generating much of the hot water for his house from a pair of solar panels installed on his roof.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Celebrate holiday safely, officials urge

From driving to fireworks, state officials are urging people to celebrate safely this New Year's holiday.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Area churches to hold special services tonight

While most will spend New Year's Eve partying, some will be praying.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Looking ahead: Hospital will mark year with new building, relocations

2009 will be a transformative year for Hall County's medical community.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gas tax drops Thursday

The Georgia Department of Revenue is giving motorists a present at the start of the new year, a drop in motor fuel taxes.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


As family finances dwindle, more horses face abandonment

When the mortgage crisis worsened in early 2008, there was an increase in reports of people abandoning cats and dogs in their foreclosed homes.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


On New Year's Day, you can buy antiques or go jump in the lake

Even after the peach has dropped and all of the champagne has been popped, there still are local ways to continue celebrating the new year.

December 31, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charles Baker sworn in as Hall's first new new clerk of court in 24 years

Over the next four years, Charles Baker's name will be stamped on tens of thousands of official papers.

December 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two more arrests made in Guilford Clinic burglaries

BRASELTON - Two more arrests have been made in connection with the recent Guilford Clinic burglaries in Braselton.

December 30, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times Regional Staff | Local


New thrift shop aims to help church, suicide prevention

Opening a combination thrift shop and gift shop was something Hoschton resident Michelle Worthy always wanted to do, but didn't have an opportunity to pursue until recently.

December 30, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Leaving the field means saying goodbye to special people

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. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Collins has begun the process of transitioning to leave Iraq shortly, so this will be his last column from there.

December 30, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Jackson County has party options for New Year's Eve

Jackson County residents and visitors who are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve but don't feel like driving all the way to Atlanta to watch the peach drop, don't worry.

December 30, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Get last-minute tax breaks done soon

With just two days left in 2008, there are only a few things you can do that may offer potential income tax benefits.

December 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gainesville man charged with rape at park

A Gainesville man was arrested and charged with rape after an alleged act at a Hall County park.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula councilwoman in fair condition at ICU after crash

A Lula councilwoman was transported Saturday for injuries following a collision Saturday on Joe Chandler Road.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police looking for missing 16-year-old

Gainesville Police are looking for a 16-year-old Gainesville boy missing since December.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hit-and-run accident critically injures man on bicycle

A cyclist was critically injured this morning in a hit-and-run accident on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Schools gets new central office

Visitors to the Gainesville City Schools' central office may be pleasantly surprised by the new lobby.

January 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Drive-thru on Virginia Circle up for review again

A rezoning request needed for the development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle will be heard again tonight after changes were made to the proposal.

January 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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