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Share your comments live: Presidential debate blog coming today

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are set to face off in Nashville, Tenn., tonight in the second of three presidential debates. The 9 p.m. debate, which will be moderated by NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw, will be conducted in a town meeting format and will include issues raised by members of the audience and online.

October 11, 2008 | | Local


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


The great pumpkins are on sale at First United Methodist Church

Gainesville First United Methodist Church kicked off its annual pumpkin sale on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2008 | BY MEGAN GILL news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Firefighters fell more than 40 feet when bucket dropped

A dozen or more investigators continued Thursday combing through the malfunctioning Hall County fire truck that put three firefighters in intensive care units.

July 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


‘Fast, fresh, affordable’ pizza joint opens

There's one more pizza spot in Gainesville, with Uncle Maddio's on Dawsonville Highway opening to the public today.

July 24, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Long lines greet customers at recently opened Goodwill store on Ga. 400

Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.

July 24, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Master craftsmen nominees sought to promote trades

Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville, along with Lanier Technical College, is seeking nominations for the third annual Master Craftsmen, Builders of America ceremony on Oct. 16.

July 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Legal program wins national award for area public services

The Georgia Legal Services Program, which has an office in Gainesville, has won major recognition from the American Bar Association in the Hodson Award for Public Service for 2014.

July 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Railroad’s plan to build culverts hits snag in Flowery Branch

Norfolk Southern Railway Co.'s plans to build new culverts at crossings in Flowery Branch have been put off indefinitely, as the company awaits permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to work on Corps property.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boost in child services staff eases statewide case backlog

More cases are being reported to Child Protective Services, but the number of cases with overdue investigations is dwindling both statewide and in Hall County.

July 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Firefighters recovering in ICU after truck ladder dropped

In an outpouring of support, Georgia firefighters have come to the aid of three Hall County families affected by Tuesday's firefighter training accident.

July 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


GOP school chief race too close to call

ATLANTA - The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parents to get help with buying school supplies

July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Good News at Noon's Mr. B celebrates 92 years

July 23, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge detour coming to end

Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road appears on target to reopen to through traffic Saturday.

July 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Commissioner appointed to state board

Scott Gibbs has been appointed to serve on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board, which implements community and economic development, government assistance and affordable housing.

July 23, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


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