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Death penalty case will go forward without mental evaluation

The mental competency of Allan Robert Dickie to stand trial in his death penalty case won't be an issue - at least for now.

Dickie, following the advice of his attorney, refused to participate in a court-ordered psychological evaluation at the Hall County jail, according to a letter to Superior Court Judge Jason Deal written by the head of forensic services for Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.

October 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Buford man gets prison for odometer scam

It's one of the oldest scams in the auto business: rolling back the mileage on a car's odometer.

October 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville schools name Dyer new superintendent

The Gainesville school board has unanimously named Merrianne Dyer its permanent new superintendent.

Dyer, who has served as interim superintendent since Steven Ballowe was fired from the post July 3, became the school system's superintendent at a called school board meeting at 8 a.m. Friday. The board promoted Dyer from her position as Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School principal and appointed her to the interim superintendent position on July 15.

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Whit Powell named to tax assessors' board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners named a fifth member to the board of tax assessors at its meeting Thursday.

Commissioner Billy Powell selected Whit Powell to replace former chief assessor Emory Martin, who resigned last week after District Attorney Lee Darragh and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations closed investigations into some of his actions while on the board.

October 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pedestrian killed on Ga. 60 in Murrayville

A pedestrian was killed while crossing Ga. 60 at the Fieldale Farms Murrayville plant late Wednesday, authorities said.

October 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard times a boon for the library

For the past week, 25-year-old Travis Loyd has been spending his afternoons at the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library.

October 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rabies cases keep coming: 39 so far in Hall

Hall County's rabies epidemic shows no signs of abating. The number of cases reported this year has now reached 39.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


University System of Georgia cuts money for health care

More than 11,000 University System of Georgia employees are reconsidering their top-notch health care plans now that the Board of Regents has pulled $20 million from the system's health insurance program.

The move was part of the Board of Regent's decision to approve a $136 million budget cut for the state's 35 colleges and universities. To cut back on spending, the Board of Regents opted for university system employees who are covered by the indemnity insurance plan, the system's priciest yet most extensive plan, to shoulder more of their own health care costs.

October 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school bus driver allegedly stole cash during field trip

A Hall County school bus driver was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly went through the purse of a school administrator and stole cash while the administrator was with students on a field trip, police and school officials said.

Sandra Lynn Pace, 51, of Jefferson was charged with theft by taking, Gainesville police Lt. Brian Kelly said Wednesday. The arrest happened at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday outside Stork Gamco, an Airport Parkway manufacturer of poultry processing machinery.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The Blue Sky Concert Series brings families, friends outside to Gainesville’s downtown square

The air was cool, the leaves were starting to turn and the weather was perfect for an afternoon of music on the square.

People young and old came out Wednesday to see the band Riverside play as part of the Blue Sky Concert Series and enjoy the autumn day on the square in downtown Gainesville.

October 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Some sheriff’s workers take unpaid time off by the hour

When Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was faced with a county mandate to furlough all 480 of his employees for one day a month, he looked around for other law enforcement agencies in the state that faced the same challenge.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marina’s 'fall festival' event to benefit businesswoman in battling cancer

Business leaders all around Lake Lanier are pulling together to help one of their own.

A fundraiser is scheduled Saturday at Aqualand Marina to benefit Lesli Smith, a local real estate agent and co-owner of Lake Lanier Lodges Log Cabin and Boat Rentals.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County to start building boat ramp, ramp extensions soon

Hall County officials say they soon will begin construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp and build extensions for two others.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Grandma: Buses need cameras, but school officials say money is tight

Video cameras are strategically placed in the classrooms, hallways and school yards of Hall County schools.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


SNPA picks gainesvilletimes.com as top Web site

The Times' Web site, gainesvilletimes.com, has been selected as the top Web site in the South among newspapers its size by the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The Times also placed second in the SNPA category for Best Front Page. The contest included material published from August 2007 to this past August.

October 25, 2008 | By staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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School receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second-largest gift in its history: property worth an estimated $5.2 million

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to end today

Gainesville and Hall County residents will again be allowed to burn, beginning today, with the proper permits, according to county and city fire officials.

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on Thursday

The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 5–7 p.m. Thursday in Braselton.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Cory Jackson, a freshman at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, was taken aback by news that all tobacco use will be banned on all parts of the campus, including inside cars, starting today.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


South Hall crossing gets second look for traffic light

Because of a South Hall County neighborhood's concerns about safety, the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a second traffic light study at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Railroad moving ahead on Flowery Branch culvert repair

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is moving forward on one of two culverts it has planned to repair, while the second one will likely be on hold until the first of the year.

October 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Twenty-six delegates of the Nigerian Quintessential Business Women Association visited Brenau University on Tuesday in Gainesville and met for a question-and-answer session with students.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


United Way reading initiative hires coordinator

The Read Learn Succeed initiative from the United Way of Hall County took its first step toward improving childhood literacy and education last week in hiring a program coordinator.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


BlueCross, hospital agree to new long-term contract

The contract impasse between Northeast Georgia Health System and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia is over.

September 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second largest gift in its history, property worth an estimated $5.2 million

September 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Belk sets fall charity sale

Belk at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville will join the retailer's other stores in November for the fall charity sale.

September 30, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review public transportation routes, fares

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear a presentation and review routes and fares for the city's public transit service.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor nears

SAVANNAH - Within two weeks, officials expect to sign a cost-sharing deal with the federal government that's needed to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority's top executive said Monday.

September 30, 2014 | BY RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Legacy Link moves, combining Gainesville offices

Legacy Link's three Gainesville offices are consolidating into one larger, updated office at 1480 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch to consider adding 141 acres

A public hearing is planned for the annexation and rezoning of a large swath of unincorporated county land into Flowery Branch.

September 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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