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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


Rules for proving legal status can be tricky for employers

All employers have to complete a federal verification of eligibility for employment for all workers. The form, called an I-9, requires the presentation of one or more documents that provide positive identification of the person's identity and his or her legal status for work.

October 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Part of I-985 ramp set to open Tuesday; expect detours

Part of the Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 interchange is set to open on Tuesday.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Court system changes mean faster pleas for immigration detainees

On a Friday morning in the Hall County jail, two dozen jumpsuit-clad inmates lined up in handcuffs and leg irons to plead guilty to the misdemeanor crimes that landed them there.

After being led by deputies into a plain cinder block room converted into a courtroom with a pair of flags and a judge's desk at one end, the inmates quietly sat in rows of metal and plastic chairs. They waited to enter their pleas before Hall County Senior State Court Judge Charles Wynne, many with the aid of a Spanish-language interpreter.

October 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | 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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Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

CANTON - Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Badge and Bar: Two indicted in kidnapping, assault case

Two Gainesville residents have been indicted on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, accused of dragging the victim into the bathroom of a Gainesville apartment.

September 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Clinics event to honor volunteers, raise funds

Good News Clinics runs on the work of volunteers, and there are a lot of them - about 40 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, 40 dentists and even more nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and community members.

September 11, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Flowery Branch man indicted in his brother’s Christmas Day death

A Flowery Branch man has been indicted on murder charges for the Christmas Day death of his brother.

September 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


South Hall park may open by spring

The sun broke through the clouds just in time to witness the official groundbreaking at Cherokee Bluffs Park.

September 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man cycles across US for pets and vets

Charleston, S.C.-based Neil Grehlinger is cycling approximately 4,000 miles across the U.S. to help match rescue dogs and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

September 10, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


WomenSource hosts 7th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser

For the seventh year, WomenSource played host to its annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, which celebrated women's philanthropy Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

September 10, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


$1.99 billion requested to fund state universities

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is requesting $1.99 billion for its 2016 budget and a separate $254.8 million for facilities.

September 10, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Oakwood to hold hearing on Stringer Road project

Oakwood is holding its third of four required public hearings Thursday as part of an $800,000 road project related to M. Stringer Road at the King's Hawaiian plant.

September 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville crowd debates Common Core's merits

An English professor told a Gainesville audience Tuesday night that educators, including herself, were heavily involved in the development of Common Core standards but they also were "passionate" about their work.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps

Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DA: Grand jury to probe raid that injured Cornelia toddler

A prosecutor says a grand jury will investigate a police raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in the child's playpen last spring in Cornelia.

September 09, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Lanier academy student charged with making threats

A Lanier Career Academy student has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.

September 09, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Valentine’s Day murder conviction appealed to Georgia Supreme Court

The attorney for the go-between in a Valentine's Day murder-for-hire scheme argued for an appeal Monday on the grounds of unlawfully obtained and unsuppressed phone records.

September 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in US Senate race

ATLANTA - First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

September 09, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


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