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Georgia unemployment level highest in 15 years

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in August, the highest in 15 years. The jobless rate was up 1.9 percentage points from 4.4 percent at this same time last year. During the same period, the number of payroll jobs decreased 37,700 or nine-tenths of 1 percentage point.

September 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Two more rabies cases bring county's yearly total to 34

After a lull of almost a month, Hall County's rabies epidemic is heating up again, with this year's 33rd and 34th cases reported this week.

September 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch will not increase tax rate next year

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted to keep its 2008-09 tax rate the same Wednesday morning.

The council OK'd a 2.837 millage rate, with 1 mill equal to $1 for each $1,000 in taxable property value. Properties are assessed at 40 percent.

September 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Frances Meadows center dedication honored ‘a life of beauty’

Gainesville and Hall County officials gathered Wednesday at the gates of the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center to dedicate the building to its namesake, the first black Hall County commissioner, the late Frances Jenkins Meadows.

September 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two men hurt at construction site

Two construction workers suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when a wall they were putting up at a house under construction fell back on them.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall schools get an 'A' for adequate progress

The state Department of Education certified summer school retest results that declare 31 out of 34 Hall County schools made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-2008 school year.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Truett-McConnell student found dead

A 20-year-old Truett-McConnell College student was discovered dead Thursday morning in her dorm room in Cleveland from what authorities believe were natural causes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mike Kelley wins mayoral race in city of Baldwin

Mike Kelley captured 60 percent of the vote in a four-man special election for mayor of Baldwin Tuesday.

In complete, but unofficial results, Kelley received 122 votes, Jerry Neace was second with 57. Former Mayor Mike Reed had 14 votes and Thomas Loudermilk had 11 votes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cagle’s exploratory committee has statewide flair

An official registration of his campaign for governor filed last week reveals that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has tapped business leaders from central and coastal Georgia for the top campaign positions.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville charities hurry to help those affected by recent hurricane

Though Texas is hundreds of miles from Gainesville, local residents are nevertheless heading out to help those devastated by Hurricane Ike.

September 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Heating help could become scarce this winter

Autumn hasn't officially arrived yet, but some people already are wondering how they can afford to heat their homes this winter.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Group lobbies to turn on sprinklers around general

The grass in Gen. James Longstreet's front yard is dry and crunchy, and those who take care of it have asked for the city's help.

September 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tutors wanted: GEDs in demand

A little bit of sweat and elbow grease once qualified as viable job skills in America. Now, knowing your ABCs and having a high school diploma are required just to get by.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Humane Society holds contest for new name, logo

As it prepares to cut its ties to county government, the Humane Society of Hall County is seeking a new identity.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Booths open to early voters in Hall County

Voters in Hall County can begin early voting for the Nov. 4 general election today.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Greenway connections to be explored in Forsyth County

Forsyth County plans to explore the possibility of creating connections to the popular Big Creek Greenway through bicycle trails in District 4.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Business group supports tax extension in Dawson County

Dawson County is voting on extending the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in the Nov. 4 election, and the local chamber is getting behind it.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Husband won’t be charged in fatal car wreck that killed community leader

No charges will be filed against William Robert "Bob" Johnson, who the Georgia State Patrol said failed to yield in a Sept. 30 wreck that killed his wife, Nola "Erice" Johnson.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jarrard left Riverside over 'management decision'

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard left Riverside Military Academy over a managerial disagreement, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents.

October 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Chamber discusses, addresses health at expo

People took advantage of free health screenings Wednesday at the HealthSmart Expo in Gainesville.

October 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Two juvenile judges appointed to Hall, Dawson circuit

Two Hall County attorneys have been announced as the new juvenile court judges serving the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.

October 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ga. signs agreement to deepen Savannah harbor

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Officers practice for active shooter scenarios

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365

Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont eyeing Nov. 13 vote on electoral wards

Clermont is moving forward on proposed changes to the North Hall County city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

October 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate accused of slamming inmate’s head into concrete floor

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate's head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Commandant Jarrard steps down at Riverside

Riverside Military Academy announced Tuesday night the resignation of its commandant, Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


SAT scores inch up locally

Hall County and Gainesville schools have seen a slight uptick in their SAT scores this year, but scores remain lower than state and national averages.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first approval for brewery

Gainesville City Council has given the initial go-ahead for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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