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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


Rules for proving legal status can be tricky for employers

All employers have to complete a federal verification of eligibility for employment for all workers. The form, called an I-9, requires the presentation of one or more documents that provide positive identification of the person's identity and his or her legal status for work.

October 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Part of I-985 ramp set to open Tuesday; expect detours

Part of the Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 interchange is set to open on Tuesday.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Court system changes mean faster pleas for immigration detainees

On a Friday morning in the Hall County jail, two dozen jumpsuit-clad inmates lined up in handcuffs and leg irons to plead guilty to the misdemeanor crimes that landed them there.

After being led by deputies into a plain cinder block room converted into a courtroom with a pair of flags and a judge's desk at one end, the inmates quietly sat in rows of metal and plastic chairs. They waited to enter their pleas before Hall County Senior State Court Judge Charles Wynne, many with the aid of a Spanish-language interpreter.

October 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The great pumpkins are on sale at First United Methodist Church

Gainesville First United Methodist Church kicked off its annual pumpkin sale on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2008 | BY MEGAN GILL news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cleveland post office named for fallen soldier

CLEVELAND - The wall of the Cleveland post office now bears the name of Sgt. Jason Robert Harkins, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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UNG among fittest colleges in US

The wealth of opportunities to stay fit at the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus has landed the school on a list of fittest colleges in the U.S.

September 04, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


To our readers: Our apology for late deliveries

Due to a variety of unexpected issues, many of our subscribers have received their home delivered copies of The Times late this week, in some cases hours later than normal.

September 04, 2014 | | Local


GSP: Witness says man was drinking just before fatal wreck

Alcohol may have played a role in a Wednesday night fatal wreck in Oakwood, with one witness telling authorities that she had seen the driver drinking earlier at a nearby restaurant.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Investigator describes jealousy as possible motive in apartment shooting

The suspect in the Atlanta Street Apartments shooting last month may have become upset over possible infidelity, a Gainesville police investigator said Thursday morning.

September 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Holiday Marina patrons spot body of drowning victim

The drowning victim authorities have been searching for since Monday has been found.

September 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Meals on Wheels is hungry for volunteers

A small picnic basket of food and the effort behind it has renewed Mattie Carol Lee's faith in humanity.

"You guys have been great," she said, the first stop on Meals on Wheels' route 8. "You've taken a load off me."

September 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Storm brings heavy rains

A strong thunderstorm Wednesday evening in Hall County has led to a flash flood warning and some sporadic power outages in South Hall, according to Scott Cagle, fire marshal and deputy Emergency Management Agency director.

September 04, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Search for woman cut short by weather

Authorities continued their search Wednesday but still have not found the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Affordable Care Act: Health insurance deadline nears

Americans covered by health insurance through the federal exchange have until Friday to provide missing information or they will lose coverage Sept. 30.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Disability group to address legislative policy during visit

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities will stop in Gainesville today to hear from people living with disabilities.

September 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County reschedules commission meeting

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has moved its voting meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 to 10 a.m. that same day.

September 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Judge imposes $10K fine on attorney general’s office, head of ethics commission

A judge Wednesday imposed fines of $10,000 each on the Georgia attorney general's office and the head of the state ethics commission, saying they had failed to turn over key documents in a lawsuit against the commission.

September 04, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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