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Budget cuts take 11 jobs at Hall County Health Department

Six employees of the Hall County Health Department will lose their jobs at the end of this month as a result of budget cuts.

Dr. David Westfall, director of District 2 Public Health, which administers health departments in Hall and 12 other Northeast Georgia counties, said he was lucky he didn't have to give more people the bad news.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Salmonella scare takes tomatoes off some menus

Got a craving for fresh tomatoes?

Whether you can find any today depends on where you decide to eat or shop. Hall County restaurants and supermarkets have had differing responses to a federal advisory on tomato safety.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County could freeze hiring

A slumping economy and soaring fuel prices have inspired in Hall County a pessimistic but cautious outlook for the next fiscal year.

Hall County commissioners recommended a yearlong hiring freeze for open positions among other cuts in a meeting Monday. Starting July 1, hiring for any of the 43 open positions would require approval by the board of commissioners or the county administrator.

June 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sen. Isakson says No Child Left Behind law needs to improve

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. told Hall County school administrators on Monday that he is hopeful of administrative changes to the No Child Left Behind Act that will help systems like Hall County that have an influx of non-English speaking students.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Heart association encourages people to train for CPR, defibrillator use

Don't be afraid to save a life.

June 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Helen balloon race ends in a slow tie

Not only did neither competitor in this year's Helen to the Atlantic balloon race make it to the finish line, organizers also had to declare the race a tie.

June 19, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Book details Gainesville State professor's struggle with son's addiction

It took Theresa Dove-Waters 14 years to write her book, "Not My Son, Not on Mother's Day."

June 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officer: Hiker who fell to her death knew trail well

The Yonah Mountain trail, from which a Sautee teenager fell to her death Saturday, was well-known and well-traveled to her and her friends, a White County Fire official said Sunday.

"It's something they've done all the time. They've lived in the county all their lives," said Ana Newberry, public information officer for White County Fire Department .

June 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fire spreads from man's car to house

No one was injured in a fire that burned about half of Calvin Sargent's home.

June 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Propane tank fire hospitalizes man

Jeff Tupper of 6430 Ivey Springs Drive was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and treated for minor burns he received when a propane tank malfunctioned on his back deck.

June 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Parents confront addictions to try to regain custody of children

Barbara, a mother in her late 30s and recovering drug addict, stood uncomfortably in front of the small, crowded courtroom in a black floral print dress, her lower lip quivering with emotion, while the judge stood by her side to tell her story.

Barbara's freckle-faced adolescent daughter Alicia was taken from her home by the Department of Family and Children Services in February 2005 after methamphetamine was found in the house. Alicia was first placed in the care of relatives, then put in a foster home by March 2006, as Barbara struggled to meet the requirements of a state-mandated ...

June 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville manager urges fuel conservation in city vehicles

Memos and spreadsheets are paper testimonies to the various Gainesville departments' awareness of rising fuel costs.

They also are evidence that city government fuel use is rising with the prices.

June 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Baha’i faith picnic celebrates diversity in community

Red and yellow, black and white were all welcomed to the Race Unity Day picnic at Wilshire Trails Park by the Baha'i faith of Hall County.

Race Unity Day took place Sunday and is a concept local Baha'i community members have celebrated at Longwood Park or Wilshire Trails Park for at least the past 10 years, said Baha'i community member Carol Hendrix.

June 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times' Web site named best among state's daily newspapers

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Less than a year after being relaunched, The Times' Web site, gainesvilletimes.com, was named Georgia's best daily newspaper Web site at Friday's Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet at the Georgia Press Association convention.

June 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall teacher's son injured during Afghanistan combat

A local teacher's son is in "satisfactory condition" at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after being badly burned in combat in Afghanistan.

June 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Teen sustains minor injuries after being hit by vehicle

A 16-year-old female was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Atlanta Highway, Oakwood police officials said.

September 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shore Sweep to tackle Lake Lanier cleanup

Millions enjoy Lake Lanier each year, and lake groups now want those visitors to return the favor with some litter cleanup.

September 17, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown

Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


5 schools use different tools to help pupils

Five area schools have landed on a list for highest progress in the state, and each of them has used a different strategy to get there.

September 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Perdue doubles down on attack ad

The Bushes aren't from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan has become a focal point in a contentious Senate race here as Republican David Perdue trades fire with Democrat Michelle Nunn over her work at the Bush family's Points of Light foundation.

September 17, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


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