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Pilot car to be used during Ga. 136 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation Monday began resurfacing parts of Ga. 136 from Ga. 400 in Dawson County to Ga. 60 in Hall County.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hilton made plans for dog as part of plea deal

Authorities say the drifter who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson made plans for his dog's future as part of his plea agreement.

Dandy, the reddish golden retriever that belonged to 61-year-old Gary Michael Hilton, has been adopted into a new home. The Northern Judicial Public Defender, H. Bradford Morris, says Hilton was concerned that his dog have a good home.

February 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Living history: War veterans meet with students from Gainesville Middle School

GAINESVILLE - They brought old photographs and memorabilia. One veteran brought a model of the bomber he flew during World War II. But most of all, the veterans brought memories of their time spent in the military, during war and peace.

"We need to let these kids know what it was like back when," said Van Peeples, a second-class petty officer during the Vietnam War era. "There was a time when people were actually drafted."

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students, teachers face off in dodgeball

It's not every day that an eighth-grader gets the chance to peg his science teacher with a big white ball; although, he might imagine it on a daily basis.

But that's the scenario 11 faculty members at Chestatee Middle School arranged Tuesday afternoon in the form of a student versus faculty dodgeball game. Nearly 250 Chestatee Middle School students filled the school gym stands to watch the competition between 60 student players and Team Ocho, the Chestatee Middle School faculty team comprised of math, science and English teachers.

February 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Teens ‘have a lot to tell’ to anti-drug group

"Just say no" just won't cut it anymore.

As Hall County volunteers met Tuesday to talk about attacking the problem of teen drug use, several said the simplistic 1980s-era slogan is not enough in the age of text messaging and YouTube.

February 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau receives $200,000 from Regions

Regions Financial Corp. has donated $200,000 to Brenau University, with one of its executives saying that women's business education is central to the company's charitable giving programs.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson, Forsyth schools pull possibly tainted meat from menus

Jackson and Forsyth county school systems are among Georgia school districts that have been ordered to stop serving beef supplied by a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for mistreating animals.

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries could fall in Hall tonight

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County area can expect snow flurries tonight, but nothing more, the National Weather Service is reporting.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall considers increasing landfill fees, landscaping interstate exits

County commissioners discussed funding the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Centennial Gateway Initiative and the possibility of increasing county landfill rates from $34.50 per ton to $40 per ton at Monday's work session.

Vice Commissioner Steve Gailey said the proposed hike comes after an eight-year period in which landfill rates remained constant, and the rate increase is needed to bring Hall County landfill rates up to market standards in surrounding counties.

February 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Toccoa Falls dorm set for August completion

Toccoa Falls College is building a $500,000 dormitory that is set to finished by August.

February 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Rotary Club honors man, woman of the year

A woman who was instrumental in the additional use of Hall County's Olympic Rowing venue and a longtime business and civic leader were honored Monday night as the Rotary Club of Gainesville's Man and Woman of the Year.

Connie Hagler, who stepped down as executive director of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club in October after working with the club for more than 10 years, was honored as Woman of the Year.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Authorities seek escaped diversion center inmate

GAINESVILLE -An inmate escaped from the Gainesville Diversion Center this morning after kicking out the window of his room.

An escape warrant has been issued for James Dale Amos, 37, who was serving time in the minimum-security facility for charges of aggravated assault, first-degree criminal damage and possession of Xanax and methamphetamines in Cherokee County, according to Susan Phillips, director of public affairs for the state's Department of Corrections.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville Marine's open heart gives Iraqi girl chance at a future

Pink fingers, toes and lips.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Take 14 teens, and what do you get? A new house for Habitat for Humanity

Most afternoons, a group of 14 Hall County high school students will not be found in the classroom. But they are still nailing their grades.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Newton County educator will be North Hall High's new principal

North Hall High School has a new principal, Newton County High School principal Joe Gheesling.

February 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

For his part, Dr. Allan Panter couldn't say whether his wife, Theresa, should run in this year's Boston Marathon - as he's not the one logging the miles by foot.

April 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

April 20, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn't until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

April 19, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University.

April 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT crews plan work on I-985, I-85 next week

Crews will be working next week on Interstate 985 in Hall County and Interstate 85 in Jackson County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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