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Gainesville area's unemployment claims skyrocket 216 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor said unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mental health provider closes White County site

State budget cuts have hit Gainesville-based Avita Community Partners, the mental health provider for 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

January 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


March of Dimes starts fundraising campaign

The March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season Thursday by rallying people to raise money for babies' health needs.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County school board makes plans at retreat

The Hall County Board of Education is holding its annual retreat tonight and Saturday morning to discuss a range of issues facing the school system in the upcoming year.

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield will meet with the board to update the system's plans for programs of academic "rigor" to challenge every student; major renovation and capital projects; classroom technology possibilities; and the district's certified staff recruitment plan.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local Obama backers head to DC

Gainesville resident Arturo Corso began sporting a Barack Obama campaign button on his lapel long before it was considered cool.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times multimedia project takes national honor

A multimedia presentation on www.gainesvilletimes.com about a young Latina's "los quince años" has won third place in a monthly competition conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Sara Guevara and reporter Ashley Fielding produced the four-minute audio slideshow about 15-year-old Emily Ibarra's "los quince años," a tradition that is a mix between a Jewish bat mitzvah, an American "Sweet 16" and a debutante ball.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


State Rep. Collins reunites with his children after his four-month stint in Iraq

State Rep. Doug Collins' children were checked out of school by a surprise visitor Thursday: their dad.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water planning district updating plans for Lanier withdrawals

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is completing an update of its 2003 water and wastewater plan. It includes conservation goals, six new water-supply reservoirs and increased withdrawals from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River through 2035.

January 15, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


New state Web site links Georgians to health information

Every day, millions of Americans search for health information on Internet sites such as WebMD. But until now, there hasn't been a site that's specific to Georgia.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


When it rains, Green Street floods, and there's no easy fix

Even the smallest rains can turn to ark-worthy weather for motorists on Green Street.

January 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


These days, many say car repairs can wait

With the "Big Three" U.S. automakers on the verge of bankruptcy or worse, it's clear that fewer customers are buying new cars these days.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bundle up: Arctic blast is rolling in

The Arctic express arrives in North Georgia today, blowing in a January chill that can include frostbite and frozen pipes if you're not careful.

January 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


After proper training, this Oakwood police dog will hunt

As a police dog, Bandit's bark won't stop anyone in their tracks just yet.

January 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County government offices to close Monday and Tuesday

Hall County administrative offices will be closed both Monday and Tuesday.

Offices are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. They will be closed again Tuesday as one of the designated furlough days each month in order to manage the county's budget shortfalls. Public safety, landfill and some public works personnel will be on duty as usual.

January 15, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch takes first step to easing sewer reservation policy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to changing its sewer reservation policy.

January 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Owner charged after car rolled onto children

Three of the four children injured Sunday by a car knocked out of gear are out of the hospital, and charges have been filed against the vehicle's owner.

July 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Class Notes: Students explore China

Students from Hall County are experiencing the culture of China as part of the Arizona State University Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall accepting bids for old fire station

Hall County is now accepting bids for Fire Station No. 3's former building on Short Road.

July 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Students relish research

Parasites, memory and mockingbirds are just a few of the subjects undergraduates at the University of North Georgia are researching this year as part of Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Enrichment.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Student, professor examine Lanier, Flat Creek for water quality

Particularly drawn to Flat Creek, Melba Horton spent the early part of the summer checking the water quality at Lake Lanier.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Car hit 4 children, injuring 2 critically in N. Hall

Four children were injured, two critically, Sunday afternoon when a car was knocked out of gear at a home in North Hall, authorities reported.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘The Great War’ remembered, 100 years later

The 29 names inscribed on the American Legion plaque proclaim the Hall County troops' "ultimate sacrifice" in World War I, but their stories are tucked away in state records from the era.

July 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State’s child well-being rank improves slightly

Data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its Kids Count Data Book rank Georgia as 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

July 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


New nonprofit helps parents grieving over loss of child

Gainesville resident Deana Martin-Owens knows all too well the grief from losing a child is often debilitating and not many know what to do with it.

July 27, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Overdoses down, drug-related deaths up in Hall

Though overdoses are down, Hall County has experienced a comparatively higher number of drug-related deaths through July on the heels of varying substance-abuse initiatives.

July 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event

The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy's Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

July 27, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


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