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Advocate says smoking tops all other causes of death

Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. But many do not realize the worldwide implications that tobacco has on health care and human rights, said Dr. Carolyn Dresler, the director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

May 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


June 10 meeting will focus on high-speed rail options

A meeting to discuss high-speed rail options for the Hall County area is set for 10-11:30 a.m. June 10 at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.

May 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Person injured putting out fire at North Hall home

One person suffered second-degree burns in a fire at a North Hall home this morning.
The person, who was burned putting out the fire, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said David Kimbrell, chief of Hall County Fire Services.
Firefighters responded to the fire in the 9400 block of Mossy Creek Trace at about 10:30. The fire was contained to the bedroo of the 2,500-square-foot home, Kimbrell said.
Damage is estimated at $2,000.
The Hall County Fire Marshal' s Office is investigating the fire.

May 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Poor job market keeps many college grads in school

Local colleges and universities turned out another batch of graduates this month, most of whom are trying to avoid becoming one of the nearly 447,000 unemployed Georgians looking for work.

May 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lake’s watercraft population tops 40,000

If all the people who had boats stored in Hall, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Dawson counties took them all out on Lake Lanier on the same day, the waters would be filled with more than 40,000 watercraft, ranging from million dollar houseboats to Jet Skis and homemade skiffs.

May 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Business leaders smiling as Lake Lanier rises

Rick Skoglund usually loses money in April at Skogie's, his seasonal restaurant at Gainesville Marina off Dawsonville Highway.

May 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drought may have helped fish population

The drought and subsequent return of water to Lake Lanier may have made for fatter fish this summer and a larger population of fish next year, said Nick Jamison, a fisheries biologist for the state's Department of Natural Resources.

May 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier is up, but status quo or full pool still uncertain

What a difference a year - and about 8 feet of water - can make.

May 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Memorial Day events

As we pause to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces this Memorial Day, let us also remember to protect that for which they so valiantly gave all, our freedoms.

May 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hoschton committee examines pay, pumps, police

HOSCHTON - City well repairs, wastewater stimulus funding, employee health insurance and the police department's future were among issues discussed at three recent Hoschton committee meetings.

May 23, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


JAKES Day helps youngsters get hooked on the outdoors

Jeremy Martin, 8, cradled the 20-gauge shotgun in his arms and yelled out "pull!" before blasting away at a flying fluorescent orange disc under the close supervision of a firearms instructor.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Charred churches get some help rebuilding

When a church is burned down, it can be a tragic experience for the congregation. That is why one local group is dedicated to supporting and helping those churches rebuild.

May 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holiday weekend warm, but storms may butt in

As you head out this weekend to the various Memorial Day activities, you may want to be sure to have an umbrella handy.

May 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


DNR ready for increased boat traffic

Like the water level, the number of boating accidents, boating under the influence arrests and drownings in 2008 all were down on Lake Lanier from previous years.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local soldier wounded in Afghanistan

Now in his second tour of duty for his second branch of the military, Army Spc. Andy "Sully" Sullens isn't ready for a roadside bomb to keep him from his mission.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

June 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




House boat a total loss after morning fire

A large, unoccupied houseboat in Buford caught fire Friday morning after suspected electrical malfunctions, authorities said.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Bojangles' coming to Braselton

Braselton residents don't have to wait until opening day to get their first taste from the city's new Bojangles'.

June 25, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont OKs fireworks ordinance

Clermont Town Council voted Thursday to OK a law regulating the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a state law taking effect Wednesday that expands their sale and use.

June 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local poultry producer withdraws IPO

Citing an unfavorable market, an Oakwood-based poultry producer has withdrawn its planned initial stock offering.

June 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall County OKs $93.6 million budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Thursday night to approve a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Community foundation looking for leader

A widespread search for the new president and chief executive officer of North Georgia Community Foundation has begun.

June 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Cleveland man charged with electronic enticement of minor

A Cleveland man was arrested following a two-week undercover investigation for electronic enticement of a child, authorities said.

June 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Latinos, African-Americans to rally Monday to end at-large voting in Gainesville

Latino and African-American political organizers will meet Monday afternoon for what is being called a historic alliance to protest Gainesville's at-large voting system.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hobby Lobby, Chipotle officially coming to Dawsonville Highway development

Plans are moving forward for a large development on Dawsonville Highway, where Hobby Lobby, Chipotle and Academy Sports + Outdoors are all slated to open this fall or winter.

June 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


High court upholds federal insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive federal tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance in a ruling Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech receives $400,000 gift for scholarship fund

Pauline Ivey couldn't afford to get a higher education, but she wanted to make sure others could.

June 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Jobless rate rises to 5.1 percent in metro Gainesville

Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate took a bump up for the first time this year in May, rising to to 5.1 percent from 4.7 percent in April, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

June 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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