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Metro Gainesville’s jobless rate increases to 6.5 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate in the metro Gainesville area rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 6.5 percent in November, up 3.2 percentage points over the year from November of 2007. The jobless rate in metro Gainesville rose 0.3 percent from a revised 6.2 percent in October.

The metro Gainesville area is made up of all of Hall County.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Apartment fire burns 60-year-old

A 60-year-old man remained in Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Tuesday with second-degree burns over nearly a third of his body following a fire Monday night at his Tower Heights Road apartment.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Technical foul: Hoschton's bid for scarecrow record denied by Guinness

HOSCHTON - The Hoschton Fall Festival Committee is considering an appeal of Guinness World Records' decision not to award the city of Hoschton with the world record for the most scarecrows in one area.

December 31, 2008 | By Claire Miller cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Man charged in accident that injured Flowery Branch officer

A Gainesville man has been charged with following too closely in a Saturday wreck that involved a Flowery Branch police officer.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teenage burn victim taken to Atlanta hospital

A 15-year-old South Hall boy was taken Monday afternoon to the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Churches get the gift of bigger crowds for Christmas

With Christmas days away, many area churches are preparing for large crowds at services this year.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State's population increase may add up to a seat in Congress

WASHINGTON - The nation's great migration south and west is slowing, thanks to a housing crisis that is making it hard for many to move. But growth in Georgia - North Georgia in particular - could mean the area gains congressional seats after the next Census.

December 31, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Turning to the sun saves North Hall man some green

Gary Peters would like to power his North Hall home with energy from the sun. That's no big surprise. Since October he has been generating much of the hot water for his house from a pair of solar panels installed on his roof.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Celebrate holiday safely, officials urge

From driving to fireworks, state officials are urging people to celebrate safely this New Year's holiday.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Area churches to hold special services tonight

While most will spend New Year's Eve partying, some will be praying.

December 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Looking ahead: Hospital will mark year with new building, relocations

2009 will be a transformative year for Hall County's medical community.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gas tax drops Thursday

The Georgia Department of Revenue is giving motorists a present at the start of the new year, a drop in motor fuel taxes.

December 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


As family finances dwindle, more horses face abandonment

When the mortgage crisis worsened in early 2008, there was an increase in reports of people abandoning cats and dogs in their foreclosed homes.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


On New Year's Day, you can buy antiques or go jump in the lake

Even after the peach has dropped and all of the champagne has been popped, there still are local ways to continue celebrating the new year.

December 31, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charles Baker sworn in as Hall's first new new clerk of court in 24 years

Over the next four years, Charles Baker's name will be stamped on tens of thousands of official papers.

December 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: DFCS caseworkers face obstacles

As she talks about the joys of working with foster children, Tyne Jackson can't help crying a little.

October 14, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: What happens when children are removed from their home

The removal of a child often results in three types of trauma, according to Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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