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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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Gainesville botanical garden renamed

The previously dubbed Smithgall Woodland Garden is now called the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.

September 02, 2014 | BY KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville councilman spearheads neighborhood watch

A Gainesville city councilman, working with the police department, is organizing a neighborhood watch program for the location of two recent West Avenue killings.

September 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible drowning reported near Big Creek Park

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hours for greenspace parks adjusted

Less than a week after approving new hours for greenspace parks, Forsyth County commissioners adjusted them.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Projects set for road bond referendum

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of projects that would be funded through a transportation bond, provided voters approve a referendum on the matter this fall.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Firefighter battling blaze suffers heat exhaustion

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion Monday while battling a small blaze at an industrial building at the corner of Dorsey and Davis streets.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to vote again on increase in water rates and fees

After deadlocking on whether to raise water rates 1 percent earlier this month, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote today to try and break the impasse.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Work to begin soon on Cherokee Bluffs Park

Eight years after Hall County originally purchased the property, work is set to officially begin on Cherokee Bluffs park.

September 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


UNG instructor to compete for Army’s Best Warrior title

Sgt. 1st Class David Smith is getting ready to put his skills as a soldier to the test.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Possible drowning reported in Big Creek Park area on Lanier

Hall County Fire Services responded to a call of a possible drowning after 8 p.m. in the Big Creek Park area on the south end of Lake Lanier, near Holiday Marina,

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boating accident causes serious injury

An unnamed female victim suffered a severe laceration to the head this morning after the boat she was operating was struck by another vessel in the Ada Creek area on the north side of Lake Lanier.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 things to know about Georgia elections

ATLANTA - Every statewide official will be up for re-election this year in Georgia, and sitting atop the ballot will be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over business experience

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Businesses benefit from improved weather on Lanier

Today marks the unofficial end of a summer that has Lake Lanier visitors, businesses and tourism watchers wishing they could bottle for future years.

September 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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