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College dean discusses plans for Channel 32

The dean of the journalism school at the University of Georgia said Monday that the college is about to enter a new era with its purchase of WNEG-TV, Channel 32.

October 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County’s personnel fund might see budget cuts

County employees may be forced to take off one day a month without pay if the Board of Commissioners institutes a number of cost-cutting initiatives discussed at the commission's work session Monday.

October 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Soldiers in Iraq are making each day count

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 earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

October 10, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Driver dies in Mountain View Road accident

Authorities have released the name of a Gainesville man killed in a single-vehicle wreck early this morning.

October 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood repair shop slammed by pickup

No one was injured when a Lanier Career Academy student lost control of his red pickup truck on Interstate 985 and crashed through Stratos Import Auto Repair in Oakwood Monday afternoon.

The owner of the auto repair shop, Chris Stratos, said he was working on a vehicle when he heard a "horrific explosion" at about noon Monday. A red pickup had driven through the wall of the Wallis Road auto repair shop, damaging at least three vehicles that were in for repairs before coming to a halt.

October 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


RING reaches out for funds

For most folks, getting to work means hopping in the car and crossing your fingers in hopes you have enough gas to get there. But for those who are disabled and use wheelchairs, just boarding a bus to go to work can take as long as five minutes.

October 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Are Latinos leaving? Evidence shows numbers shrinking

Ask anyone on Atlanta Highway if Latinos are leaving Hall County, and there will not be one moment of hesitation in between the question and its affirmation.

Staples of the local Latino community - day laborers, managers of grocery stores and rental properties, owners of travel companies and retail shops - all say it is obvious that there are fewer Latinos in Hall County today than there were six months ago.

October 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Health providers record mixed data on patients

Local health care providers say there is marginal evidence that fewer Hispanic patients are seeking care in Hall County.

At the Hall County Health Department, the total number of patient visits hasn't changed much. Dave Palmer, spokesman for District 2 Public Health in Gainesville, said there were 8,887 total visits in fiscal year 2007, compared to about 8,630 in 2008.

October 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Premature expansion: Oakwood City Hall getting bigger

OAKWOOD - When Oakwood City Hall opened in May 2003, city officials hoped the building would take care of governmental needs for the next 10 to 15 years.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fewer Latinos buying cars, renting homes

Used car lots are a dominant feature along Atlanta Highway. Many of them carry the Hispanic surname of their owners. In Spanish, the signs advertise easy credit and quick financing with or without an established credit record.

October 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A shrinking population: If Latinos are leaving, where are they going?

There is ample evidence that Latinos are leaving Hall County. The reason why Latinos are leaving depends on whom you ask.

Day laborers who wait for work in parking lots on Atlanta Highway say Latinos are leaving in search of jobs.

October 09, 2008 | By Ashley Fielding and Edie Rogers | Local


Director says senior center has lots of life, but volunteers needed

As director of the local Senior Life Center, Merry Howard stresses the second word in the agency's name.

October 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Latino churches experience an exodus of their members

The numbers are dwindling at Centro Evangelistico, a mostly Hispanic church in Gainesville, but pastor Lemuel Betancourt keeps turning on the lights and welcoming the worshippers.

The church that boasts of having Georgia's first Hispanic church-run child care center is now in danger of having to shut its doors.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Latino college students fear deportation

There are a few numbers that are important in the life of Lilliam, a young Gainesville State College student.

October 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Healthy Monday: Get checked out at annual expo

Are you health smart?

October 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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North Georgia Job Fair set for Saturday at Free Chapel

The North Georgia Job Fair will feature 38 employers on-site at Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Road in Gainesville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p ...

July 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Winder man indicted in friend's death by fentanyl in Gainesville

A Winder man was indicted July 13 for allegedly selling fentanyl to his friend who later overdosed, according to authorities.

July 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


David Keener receives life sentence in murder case

A man received a life prison sentence Wednesday afternoon in a felony murder case involving another man's head being hit into a guardrail.

July 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Key crossing has reopened on new White County parkway

Tesnatee Gap Valley Road reopened at Ga. 115 in Cleveland on Wednesday, six days ahead of schedule, as part of work on the Appalachian Parkway.

July 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habersham deputy sheriff indicted in no-knock warrant case that injured toddler

A federal grand jury has indicted a Habersham County deputy sheriff on charges of falsifying information to obtain and execute a "no-knock" search warrant for ...

July 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




Performers prepare for ballet event Friday

The International Ballet Gala Performance will be held Friday at the Brenau Downtown Center Theatre.

July 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Four-legged police aides get trained

Gainesville Police Sgt. Jim Von Essen lobbed his keys, a wallet and a plastic shotgun shell into high grass.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Trail network meeting planned in August

A meeting to talk about plans and ideas for the newly dubbed "Highlands to Islands" trail could take place in August.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Poultry industry leader Nathaniel Ashe dies

Nathaniel "Nat" E. Ashe, an area poultry industry leader, died Monday at the age of 86.

July 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Jury to begin deliberation Wednesday in felony murder case

The defense rested before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the felony murder case for David William Keener in the death of Randall Huling.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Timetable moving up for Spout Springs road widening

Hall County could start buying property in mid-2016 for the Spout Springs Road widening project, earlier than previously thought thanks to voters passing the 1-cent ...

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Murder trial begins for man convicted last week in homeless beating

Removing his jacket, defense attorney Dan Sammons approached the witness stand and grabbed the trash can in Superior Court on Monday.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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