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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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Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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