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More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


More rain coming tomorrow

Almost 1.6 inches of rain had fallen in Gainesville since this morning, and more is on the way tomorrow.

December 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Area dog lovers help to rescue spaniels

There were just shy of 101 of them, and they weren't Dalmatians, but there were more than 50 English springer spaniels rescued from a Midwest puppy mill thanks to the dedication of several North Georgia dog lovers.

Volunteers for English Springer Rescue America Inc., an organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for springers, took on more than 50 springer spaniels and delivered them to foster homes across the country this past weekend.

December 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Autopsy should help authorities decide if Lula woman died of foul play

Hall County sheriff's officials said the results of an autopsy being conducted today on the body a woman found dead Wednesday morning in her home in Lula should help them determine whether foul play was involved.

December 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council gives its approval for sewer agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - Over the vocal protests of two councilmen, the Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to OK an agreement with Hall County regarding the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia: Wastewater plant must be repaired

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued an ultimatum to a privately owned wastewater treatment plant in Cumming: Fix it or shut it down.

"There have been a number of violations through the years," said Sam Buckles, municipal team manager for the EPD's regional office in Cartersville.

December 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rain may help Lanier avoid new low

The state climatologist said Wednesday that he believes this week's rain could keep Lake Lanier from reaching a new all-time record low.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Big Buddy’ thanks business owner for role in grandchild’s adoption

Gov. Sonny Perdue came to Gainesville on Tuesday in his role as "Big Buddy," the name he is called by his grandchildren.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue won’t wait for Washington aid

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he is not basing his plans for the state in 2009 on mere prospects of help from the Obama administration.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall plans to extend radio system

Hall County made the first steps toward extending its massive 800 MHz radio system after applying for a grant from Homeland Security to build three new sites.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire training planned today in Flowery Branch

Hall County fire services will be conducting fire training exercises today in Flowery Branch, and smoke or flames may be visible at times, officials said.

Capt. Scott Cagle said firefighters will set fire to portions of a 1,200-square-foot house at 5207 Mulberry St. beginning at 10 a.m. The exercise should be wrapped up by 5 p.m., Cagle said.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch proud of Falcons’ success

FLOWERY BRANCH - Forget that Flowery Branch High School is a cross-town rival. Kelly Woodard will be pulling hard for the Falcons on Saturday.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Huge development near Lula might get approval today

Mammoth multiuse development Cane Creek will come before the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a vote at today's 5 p.m. meeting, and many think there will be no opposition to the project.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


5-vehicle wreck now cleared on Thompson Bridge Road

Gainesville Police say southbound lanes of Thompson Bridge Road should be open after being blocked for nearly two hours this morning.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Area Agencies offer aid for uninsured immigrants

An estimated 398,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in Georgia, according to a report released Thursday by The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and most of them lack health insurance.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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