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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


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


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SBDC plans Women’s Business Expo

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its third annual Women's Business Expo on Nov. 21 at The UGA Special Collections Library in Athens.

November 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Faulty data has flagged Hall railroad crossing for closure

An investigation by The Times has revealed a pattern of misreporting data by state and federal authorities concerning the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Father, son share bond spanning 60 years in the Army

The timing of their reunion in Gainesville - just before Veterans Day - couldn't be more appropriate.

November 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many fall one step shy of their diploma

Carley Kilcrease walked across the stage at Flowery Branch High School's 2014 graduation. But instead of a diploma, she was handed a certificate to say she had completed high school yet didn't earn that final piece.

November 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Schools aim students for careers, not just college

College isn't for everybody.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Brenau takes top mediation team award

Brenau University took top honors Saturday in the 15th annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held at the Gainesville campus.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


CASA honors veteran juvenile judge Jolliff at fundraiser

After a quarter of a century, a stalwart of the Hall County Juvenile Court was honored Saturday night for his dedication to children of abuse or neglect.

November 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Festival with a message: HemlockFest concludes Sunday

HemlockFest, a family-friendly festival with an environmental theme, continues through 4 p.m. today at Starbridge Retreat, 396 Starbridge Road, Murrayville.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville officials weigh in on fire department concerns

After weeks of silence, top Gainesville officials are now speaking out about concerns that inadequate pay is causing attrition and low morale in the city fire department.

November 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau hosts International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament

Students from around the world are competing at Brenau University this weekend to see who is the best peacemaker.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Outdoor burn causes forest fire in Hall County; no injuries reported

Two acres of wooded area were burned Friday afternoon, believed to have been caused by an "unattended outdoor burn," according to Hall County Fire Services interim deputy chief Chad Black.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated for breathing problems when fire system malfunctions

Hall County Fire Services determined three workers suffered breathing problems and respiratory irritation Friday after a fire suppression system malfunctioned.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County fire personnel, man with garden hose extinguish structural fire at home

Hall County Fire Services responded Friday morning to reported structure fire at a Heritage Crossing home.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Roll up your sleeve and keep the flu bug at bay

A co-worker calls in sick Monday. Another calls Tuesday. By the end of the week, it feels like sickness has wiped out your whole office.

November 08, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Report: Motorcyclist was thrown 16 feet in fatal crash

A motorcyclist in an Oct. 8 crash was thrown 16 feet from his motorcycle after veering off a Lula road, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.

November 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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