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College dean discusses plans for Channel 32

The dean of the journalism school at the University of Georgia said Monday that the college is about to enter a new era with its purchase of WNEG-TV, Channel 32.

October 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County’s personnel fund might see budget cuts

County employees may be forced to take off one day a month without pay if the Board of Commissioners institutes a number of cost-cutting initiatives discussed at the commission's work session Monday.

October 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Soldiers in Iraq are making each day count

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

October 10, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Driver dies in Mountain View Road accident

Authorities have released the name of a Gainesville man killed in a single-vehicle wreck early this morning.

October 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood repair shop slammed by pickup

No one was injured when a Lanier Career Academy student lost control of his red pickup truck on Interstate 985 and crashed through Stratos Import Auto Repair in Oakwood Monday afternoon.

The owner of the auto repair shop, Chris Stratos, said he was working on a vehicle when he heard a "horrific explosion" at about noon Monday. A red pickup had driven through the wall of the Wallis Road auto repair shop, damaging at least three vehicles that were in for repairs before coming to a halt.

October 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


RING reaches out for funds

For most folks, getting to work means hopping in the car and crossing your fingers in hopes you have enough gas to get there. But for those who are disabled and use wheelchairs, just boarding a bus to go to work can take as long as five minutes.

October 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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


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Persian Gulf War, 25 years later: It was a crucial comeback

Hubert "Gunny" Hunnicutt fought in the Vietnam War, so he knows the meaning of quagmire and stinging military defeat.

August 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia teachers now graded on classroom performance

Becoming a teacher in Georgia will soon be a bit more challenging.

August 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Château Elan vineyards await muscadine harvest

Put a muscadine in your mouth.

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Survey studies affordable housing barriers

Brenda Carter arrived to the meeting late but showed no shy hesitation as she pushed her blind and special-needs child, Cortney Jackson, in on a ...

August 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New deputy chief stresses community ties as No. 2 officer in Gainesville force

While at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va., Jay Parrish talked with officers from Baltimore and St. Louis, two cities that suffered racial turmoil following high-profile ...

August 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Families squeeze in a final weekend of summer fun

With one final weekend before school starts for most, local youngsters and their parents set out for the lake, the playground and beyond on a ...

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Wanted man nabbed after nearly 2-hour chase through woods

After a nearly two-hour foot chase Saturday morning involving police dogs, Hall County deputies and warrant units arrested a man who is wanted for larceny.

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Forsyth teen dies after ropes course injury in Tennessee

August 01, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Norton: Hall real estate market doing better than northern counties

In his mid-year 2015 report on the local real estate and business climate Frank Norton Jr. described the market as "spotty," but said Hall County ...

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police say suspect struck police car after drug sale

An Oakwood man is accused of striking a police officer's car when confronted by law enforcement after delivering methamphetamine, authorities said.

July 31, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Falcons faithful flock to welcome team on first day of training camp

To Flowery Branch resident Blake Wharton, heading to the Atlanta Falcons' training camp Friday was an educational process: How else was he going to help ...

July 31, 2015 | David Thackham | Local


Ryder, a former Hall shelter dog, helps sniff out problems for USDA

Some dogs sniff out bombs. Some dogs sniff out drugs. Ryder sniffs out invasive pests and diseases in food coming across the border for the ...

July 31, 2015 | Alana Swain | Local


Police: Woman collecting money for chief’s family is scammer

A woman is running a scam by calling for donations for a police chief and his family, according to Oakwood authorities.

July 31, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Shoppers swarm stores for tax-free holiday savings

The Henry family showed up at the Gainesville Target Friday morning to find some back-to-school deals. Shopping with nephew Xander Sherwen, 11, in tow, they ...

July 31, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Corps reviewing permit for lucrative Lanier regatta

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing whether to again allow the collegiate rowing championship at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, something Gainesville ...

July 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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