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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


Hall will keep investigating fire that made house 'unlivable'

Investigators will return Thursday to the scene of a blaze that damaged 70 percent of a South Hall home Wednesday night.

December 25, 2008 | Michael Hughes | Local


Is the air dirty near your child's school?

Some Hall County school officials were caught off guard last week when they heard about a USA TODAY online report called "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools."

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No gun arrests in incident last week at Flowery Branch High

Hall County school officials this week dispelled false rumors that a Flowery Branch high school student was arrested on gun charges Friday.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Stabbing victim, 3 others charged in burglaries

A teen recovering from a stab wound has been charged along with three others in connection with a Monday burglary spree.

December 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Candles can spark a blaze

Many holiday celebrations and observances require the use of candles. The number of candle-related fires increases significantly during this holiday season. In order to ensure a fire-safe holiday when using candles, follow these precautions:

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lake lands big fishing event in 2010

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Lake Lanier will be the site of the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Barrow judge says 'no' to new South Hall hospital

The chief executive of Northeast Georgia Medical Center said the hospital plans to appeal a Barrow County Superior Court judge's ruling to deny a permit for a new hospital in South Hall County.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville will pay $3,750 fine for sewage spill

The city of Gainesville has agreed to pay $3,750 to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a sewage spill that happened July 22.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Gainesville's downtown square bigger draw than ever

While it's no secret the downtown square is Gainesville's centerpiece, the last year has proven what a major draw it is for residents and tourists alike.

January 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cumming response sends state attorney general to sidelines

January 18, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Area Agencies offer aid for uninsured immigrants

An estimated 398,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in Georgia, according to a report released Thursday by The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and most of them lack health insurance.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | 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


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