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Lawyer argues for judge’s removal in death penalty case

A lawyer for a murder defendant facing the possibility of the death penalty said the presiding judge violated his own order by obtaining information about the case outside of court.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal obtained jail disciplinary reports on Alan Robert Dickie in June, apparently without the knowledge of the defense or prosecution, which attorney Doug Ramseur argued in a hearing Friday was a violation of court rules.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville halts annexation plan

Shane Reidling says he will have to call off a protest he had planned for Dec. 2.

Protesting will not be necessary for Reidling now that Gainesville city leaders have dropped a controversial plan to annex islands of unincorporated Hall County into the city limits.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New boat ramp on the way to Laurel Park

Hall County Public Works worked Thursday to install a coffer dam to prepare for construction of the new Laurel Park boat ramp.

November 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Hall County school superintendents meet with Lt. Gov. Cagle

The superintendents of Gainesville and Hall County school systems were among a group of 14 superintendents across the state who met Thursday with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to discuss issues facing educators before the state General Assembly gears up in January.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville unlikely to avoid increasing water rates

Gainesville water customers likely will see an increase of 5.5 percent on their water bills come January.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mobile home downs utility lines, snagging traffic on Green Street

At the height of Thursday's lunch-hour traffic, Green Street was shut down in both directions due to downed utility lines.

November 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lanier lawsuit suffers setback

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a brief that recommends the Supreme Court not step into the tri-state water wars, but Gov. Sonny Perdue said he still is encouraged that the department agreed that the appeals court erred in its decision.

Though the Justice Department agrees that an appeals court erred in overturning a lower court's ruling regarding water storage in Lake Lanier, the department has recommended that the Supreme Court not hear the case.

November 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Superintendent of Riverside Military Academy retiring next year

Riverside Military Academy Superintendent Col. Guy Gardner will be retiring from the school in June 2009 to be closer to his family in the Northeast.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developers back away from Jackson County project

The developers behind a proposed 700-acre industrial work site in southern Jackson County have backed off the project for the time being, county planning staff say.

November 24, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


DOT: No roadwork delays during Thanksgiving

Holiday travelers will have one less worry - lane closures - as they head to their Thanksgiving destinations.

November 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville residents named as journalism fellows at UGA

Four Gainesville residents who have had a prominent role in journalism were named Thursday night as inaugural members of the Grady Fellowship of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia.

November 24, 2008 | By Ashton Blackwood For The Times | Local


Downtown keeps doors open late

It may still be a week until Thanksgiving, but it was Christmas Thursday on the square in downtown Gainesville.

November 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabies clinic is set for Saturday

With an unprecedented 41 cases of rabies reported so far this year, the Humane Society of Hall County has decided to offer one more rabies vaccination clinic.

November 24, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Yearly feast may attract more people in need this year

Mary Mauricio needs some pumpkin pies for Saturday. And a few turkeys would help, too.

November 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rumors of local crime go online

E-mails circulating in recent days that purport to warn of criminal threats in Hall County and surrounding areas are not entirely accurate, authorities said Thursday.

In some cases, they are totally inaccurate.

November 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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