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Georgia unemployment level highest in 15 years

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in August, the highest in 15 years. The jobless rate was up 1.9 percentage points from 4.4 percent at this same time last year. During the same period, the number of payroll jobs decreased 37,700 or nine-tenths of 1 percentage point.

September 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Two more rabies cases bring county's yearly total to 34

After a lull of almost a month, Hall County's rabies epidemic is heating up again, with this year's 33rd and 34th cases reported this week.

September 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch will not increase tax rate next year

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted to keep its 2008-09 tax rate the same Wednesday morning.

The council OK'd a 2.837 millage rate, with 1 mill equal to $1 for each $1,000 in taxable property value. Properties are assessed at 40 percent.

September 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Frances Meadows center dedication honored ‘a life of beauty’

Gainesville and Hall County officials gathered Wednesday at the gates of the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center to dedicate the building to its namesake, the first black Hall County commissioner, the late Frances Jenkins Meadows.

September 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two men hurt at construction site

Two construction workers suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when a wall they were putting up at a house under construction fell back on them.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall schools get an 'A' for adequate progress

The state Department of Education certified summer school retest results that declare 31 out of 34 Hall County schools made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-2008 school year.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Truett-McConnell student found dead

A 20-year-old Truett-McConnell College student was discovered dead Thursday morning in her dorm room in Cleveland from what authorities believe were natural causes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mike Kelley wins mayoral race in city of Baldwin

Mike Kelley captured 60 percent of the vote in a four-man special election for mayor of Baldwin Tuesday.

In complete, but unofficial results, Kelley received 122 votes, Jerry Neace was second with 57. Former Mayor Mike Reed had 14 votes and Thomas Loudermilk had 11 votes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cagle’s exploratory committee has statewide flair

An official registration of his campaign for governor filed last week reveals that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has tapped business leaders from central and coastal Georgia for the top campaign positions.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville charities hurry to help those affected by recent hurricane

Though Texas is hundreds of miles from Gainesville, local residents are nevertheless heading out to help those devastated by Hurricane Ike.

September 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Heating help could become scarce this winter

Autumn hasn't officially arrived yet, but some people already are wondering how they can afford to heat their homes this winter.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Group lobbies to turn on sprinklers around general

The grass in Gen. James Longstreet's front yard is dry and crunchy, and those who take care of it have asked for the city's help.

September 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tutors wanted: GEDs in demand

A little bit of sweat and elbow grease once qualified as viable job skills in America. Now, knowing your ABCs and having a high school diploma are required just to get by.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Humane Society holds contest for new name, logo

As it prepares to cut its ties to county government, the Humane Society of Hall County is seeking a new identity.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Booths open to early voters in Hall County

Voters in Hall County can begin early voting for the Nov. 4 general election today.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | 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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