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Better not pout, because Santa's already in town

GAINESVILLE - Hang your stockings and say your prayers, because Santa Claus comes tonight.

But the jolly old elf already has been spotted in town, as Gainesville's real Santa has been making numerous visits in Northeast Georgia and has seen hundreds of children. He took a few minutes from visiting with children Friday at Peach State Bank in Gainesville to give The Times some insight into the life of Santa.

January 04, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Last-minute shoppers flock to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - As children are shuffled between choir practice and Santa's lap, many shoppers scramble for last-minute gifts at the new Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The November opening of Kohl's department store and The Home Depot has provided local procrastinators a little more convenience this year. Many shoppers have foregone a trip to the Mall of Georgia in Buford and instead have found gifts at the new development.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Homeless pets get a little holiday love

Days before Christmas, homeless animals were treated to a little holiday cheer Saturday at the Hall County Humane Society.

Andrea Chandler and Christina Jones, employees at the Gainesville office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., treated the pets to play time and toys with the help of other volunteers. Chandler and Jones both said they are animal lovers and felt that those at the Humane Society deserved a Christmas treat as well.

January 03, 2008 | By Bianca Bruno bbruno@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


County’s trash sites to open on Christmas

If you dump your garbage outside a Hall County compactor site on Christmas morning, not only will Santa put you on his naughty list for next year, you also may get a ticket.

January 03, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


’Tis the season to play it safe

Gainesville Police Sgt. Dean Staples calls December "the deadliest time of the year" on local roads.

It's a time when holiday parties and their festivities can mean more drunk driving accidents, more injuries and more deaths than any other time, officials say.

January 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Derrer: Bird's-eye view of change

In 1980, Doug Derrer was driving down U.S. 129 in Hall County when he looked to his right and saw a field blanketed with freshly fallen snow. The young Miami-Dade police officer pulled his car to the highway shoulder and stepped out onto the icy asphalt.

"I had never seen snow falling," Derrer said, "and I pulled off and thought, 'This is where I want to be.'"

January 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


‘I’m like the guy who used to make wagon wheels’

When Jack Hoffman joined the Air Force in 1958, he was assigned to a unit which maintained electronic navigation equipment. It was an ironic assignment for a young man who grew up in a rural Rabun County home where electricity was not available.

For the past half-century, he has worked on a wide array of electronic devices, from antennas to Christmas tree angels.

January 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch’s finest walk a store beat

Saturday, some South Hall officers made Christmas a little brighter for the kids in their jurisdiction.

The Flowery Branch Police Department held its first "Shop with a Cop" event at the Wal-Mart in Oakwood.

January 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City leaders push to keep Mike Evans on DOT board

Some state officials may be on the road to booting Mike Evans from his post on the Georgia Department of Transportation board, but the Gainesville City Council wants to push them down a different path.

Earlier this month, the City Council sent a letter to all members of Hall County's state legislative delegation voicing support for Evans' re-appointment to the DOT board.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Specialist expands treatment options at cancer center

People who are diagnosed with a malignant tumor can generally expect to be referred to at least two specialists: a surgeon, who will try to remove the tumor, and a medical oncologist, who will administer chemotherapy.

But women who have cancers of the reproductive organs sometimes see only one doctor: a gynecologic oncologist, who performs both surgery and chemo.

January 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


White County man killed in wreck

A Cleveland man was killed Friday in a car crash on Ga. 11 just north of Cleveland, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Michael Bailey, 26, was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound on the highway just north of High Meadow Trail when he attempted to pass a Jeep Wrangler driven by 31-year-old Jennifer Crews of Gainesville, officials said.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Attention shoppers: You have three days left to fill your Christmas list

If you've finished buying your holiday gifts, you're in the minority.

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday thefts targeted by task force

Several dozen people won't be home for the holidays, locked up as part of a Hall County Sheriff's Office plan intended to ferret out potential gift-stealing grinches in the community.

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teacher thrills students with tale of zero-gravity flight

To say that Tracy Robar was light on her feet doesn't quite describe the experience.

The Gainesville High School math teacher was like a kid on a playground, tumbling, floating, falling and getting up to do it all over again.

January 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rep. Deal pleased with extension of PeachCare

Georgia's PeachCare program is safe for another year and a half, after Congress passed an extension plan that had been pushed by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville.

"We had introduced a bill early on, when it appeared there would be a stalemate," Deal said. "We felt like the states needed some certainty that they could count on in terms of funding, and 18 months was the most realistic time frame."

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Third lesson: Swimming second, safety first

The strong smell of chlorine in the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a welcoming one by my third lesson.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


North Hall power line replacement wraps up

Tucker-based Georgia Transmission has completed a $5.5 million project putting up 6.2 miles of new, updated power lines across North Hall County, including a small part of Lake Lanier.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones

Georgia's new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Employment outlook improves from previous year

Job hunting in Gainesville might be easier for some this summer, with May records showing a decrease in the unemployment from the previous year.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Thieves continue to target Dawson County churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


School board, Lanier Tech renew agreement

In a continued effort to give Dawson County students the best education possible, the Board of Education has renewed its contract with an area college.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weight-loss center workers face drug fraud charges

Two employees of a Cumming weight-loss center and a medical doctor affiliated with the office face charges in connection with a prescription drug fraud investigation.

July 10, 2014 | CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Chance of showers may break summer pattern

A chance of thunderstorms today in Northeast Georgia may break this summer's typical weather pattern.

July 10, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Gainesville woman sues Ga. GOP alleging discrimination

ATLANTA - A Gainesville woman who was fired from her job as executive assistant to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party has filed a federal lawsuit claiming race discrimination.

July 09, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Second lesson: Come on in, the water's fine

Still strong in my resolve to figure out the basics of swimming, I arrive at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center ready to get back in the water,

July 09, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

The state will not put Tommy Lee Waldrip to death today as scheduled.

July 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

July 09, 2014 | By Kevin Mcgill Associated Press | Local


Groups build therapy room for Gainesville girl

Sunshine on a Ranney Day and Ride to Give have teamed to give 11-year-old Callie Truelove, born with Williams syndrome, a new therapy room in her family's Gainesville home.

July 09, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local




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