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Contract, fund approved by Gainesville school board

The board approved a contract with a new technician to upkeep the schools' monitoring systems that will cost roughly $5,600 per year. The contract replaces a contract costing the school system $24,000 per year for the technical company currently overseeing the schools' monitoring systems.

October 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Handmade bowls hold an important message

Local students have been using their creativity for good, making pottery bowls that will be donated to the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.

October 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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


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Hoschton man fights to restore vision after fireworks accident

It was the Fourth of July, and Joel Porter and his friends decided to shoot off some of the new fireworks only recently allowed to ...

August 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Sawnee EMC announces 4-month period of lower rates

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation announced Monday a change that should lower bills for most of its customers through the end of the year.

August 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


History center set to honor three ‘legacies’ on Thursday

The Northeast Georgia History Center is honoring three area businessmen as "local legacies" in its annual Taste of History Luncheon.

August 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man sentenced to life in prison for Father's Day revenge killing

Father's Day meant revenge for Saul Castillo. It was a day 31 years in the making.

August 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


School boards review E-SPLOST referendum

The wording of a referendum on a one-cent sales tax that could raise as much as $195 million is being reviewed by the local school ...

August 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race

André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

August 23, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roundabouts are emerging in Hall County area

A common sight in Europe, roundabouts are catching on in the Hall County area as a way to move traffic and ease congestion.

August 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sentencing set for 2 former Hall Sheriff's Office employees in federal court

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees will have sentencing hearings in federal court next month.

August 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another candidate emerges in Gainesville Ward 3 council race

Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State superintendent honors Coleman for HB91 successes

State Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, was recognized recently for his efforts to help Georgians receive their high school diploma.

August 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


UNG creates Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies

A new institute at the University of North Georgia will support the nation's future military leaders.

August 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lakeview hosting UGA, Georgia Tech info night

Juniors and seniors from Hall County and across North Georgia interested in attending the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech can stop by Lakeview Academy ...

August 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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