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12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Have a merry, safe Christmas

The big day is here, and it is time for fun with family and friends. These are some last-minute reminders to ensure that today is a fire safe one for you and your family.

January 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Need a last minute gift?

You've got the children, the family dog, the gifts and the pumpkin pie all packed into the car, ready for the three hour drive this morning to grandmother's house.

January 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

A Christmas connection

Once was a time when a long-distance call - which was pretty much anywhere outside of the county - required the assistance of an operator.

January 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local

A Christmas to cherish: Mother recovers from addiction, reunites with kids

FLOWERY BRANCH - Today will be a special Christmas for Candy Hicks and her three boys.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Holiday is more than lights, gifts

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, and today he shares a special Christmas Day column with our readers. His column resumes its usual Tuesday publication next week. His e-mail address is

January 02, 2009 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local

Gift returns may be easier this year

Is that yellow polka-dotted tie Aunt Norma got you too flashy for your taste? Or was mom too conservative in her estimate of your real sweater size?

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Pastor urges members to rekindle childlike faith this Christmas

Members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church were asked to rekindle their childlike faith at the church's midday Christmas Eve children's service.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Christmas tree fire only holiday incident in Hall

Hall County celebrated a quiet Christmas -- with the exception of a Christmas tree fire -- but the Georgia State Patrol has reported four deaths so far during the Christmas holiday driving period.

January 02, 2009 | By Staff Reports | Local

It’s Yuletide toil for some workers

While Christmas for most was a special day spent with family, food and gifts, it was just another day on the job for others.

January 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Holidays looking glum for retailers

In a month that merchants rely on to put their ledgers in the black, it's been a dark December.

January 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Welcome to the world, Jayda

Jayda Rose Vetere is barely a day old, but she already holds a record in Gainesville that no one will ever be able to beat.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

A refreshing dip or a big chill?

While most people were piling on extra layers of clothes before they went out Thursday to brave the 48-degree weather, there were at least 73 people in Gainesville who were taking their clothes off in public - some even stripped down to their underwear.

January 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Gainesville school board to take up issue of tuition hike

The Gainesville school board will revisit the issue of altering out-of-city tuition rates at its Monday meeting.

January 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Piedmont circuit swears in its new prosecutor

Brad Smith took his oath of office Monday as the new district attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, administered by Senior Judge T. Penn McWhorter at the Jackson County Courthouse.

January 01, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local

9 die in holiday wrecks

Nine people already have died in traffic crashes on Georgia's roads, with three days left in the long holiday weekend.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

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Gateway Domestic Violence Center launches new website, logo

As Gateway Domestic Violence Center gears up for its 2016 appeal to donors, the local nonprofit has announced the launch of a new website and ...

November 13, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local

Explosions, now legal, have county officials looking for silence

The explosions down the road, rocking nearby homes, knocking out windows and scaring off pets, would have alarmed residents in this rural part of North ...

November 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Interns bringing 'Young Edge' to Times

In case you haven't heard, seven high school students have been learning about journalism as part of mentorship programs at their schools.

November 12, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

15th confirmed rabies case found in Hall

A skunk sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab tested positive for rabies Thursday and became the 15th Hall County case for the year.

November 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

First phase of renovation to start at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue

Nearly 20 years after the world watched the Olympic Games in Gainesville, the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue is on the verge of a makeover.

November 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall fire department teaching free monthly CPR class

Citizens interested in learning CPR can receive free training each month from Hall County Fire Services.

November 12, 2015 | | Local

Locksmith finds toddler bound with cellophane, tape in vehicle

There are some things you can't unsee, no matter how much you'd like to forget.

November 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Academy Sports opening Friday at North Lake

The developer of a large shopping complex on Dawsonville Highway announced Thursday the most recent business to sign on at the 200,000-square-foot site.

November 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Authorities: Man posed as Comcast worker to steal meds in Forsyth County

November 12, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

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