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Fatal crash shuts down I-85

All lanes on Interstate 85 South were closed for about six hours Thursday morning following an injury crash that resulted in one man's death, according to officials from Georgia State Patrol.

September 22, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


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


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Hit-and-run accident critically injures man on bicycle

A cyclist was critically injured this morning in a hit-and-run accident on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Schools gets new central office

Visitors to the Gainesville City Schools' central office may be pleasantly surprised by the new lobby.

January 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Drive-thru on Virginia Circle up for review again

A rezoning request needed for the development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle will be heard again tonight after changes were made to the proposal.

January 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

Gov. Nathan Deal was sworn in for a second term Monday inside the state Capitol in Atlanta with the promise of "a new term, a new vision, a new mandate," and said he would spend the next four years committed to criminal justice and educational reforms.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative panel: Threatening or harming health workers should be felony

Harming or threatening violence against on-duty health care workers should be declared a felony, a Georgia legislative panel recommends in a nine-page report.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood City Council to fill 4 seats this year

As a cost-saving measure, Oakwood City Council decided Monday night to hold a special election to replace former Councilman Ron McFarland at the same time as three regularly scheduled elections this year.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man's death involving Oakwood train ruled suicide

Hall County Sheriff's Office investigators are ruling the December death of a Gainesville man killed by a train in Oakwood as a suicide, authorities said.

January 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County school board to proceed with land purchase

The Hall County Board of Education will proceed with the purchase of land for the World Language Academy campus in Flowery Branch, stating the process has been done "in good faith."

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid cat found in 5th Street area of East Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued after two people had contact with a rabid cat in the 5th Street area of Lula in East Hall County.

January 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hotel homicide victim identified as Gainesville man

Gainesville police have identified the victim in Saturday's homicide at Sun Suites extended stay hotel.

January 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Georgia congressman free from House ethics case

With a new Congress taking office last week, former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., left Washington without having to answer charges that he misused government money to help his failed Senate candidacy.

January 12, 2015 | BY BRAD SCHRADE Tribune News Service | Local


Joe Wood Sr. talks about days in Georgia General Assembly

His gait might be slower these days, walking to his office with the help of a wooden cane.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Butch Miller’s star rising in state politics, but how far?

Widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative spokesman for 2015.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: Superintendent-elect plans open forums, town halls

Richard Woods, state superintendent-elect, met with members of the media Friday at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's annual media symposium.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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


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