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Officials: Hilton was in Gainesville on night Emerson abducted

Gary Michael Hilton was at a Gainesville ATM trying to use a bank card belonging to Meredith Emerson the night she was abducted, officials said.

Hilton is believed to have spent about 20 minutes at a Bank of America ATM in Gainesville around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said this week, citing information provided to him by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cold to move in, rain to move out

Don't expect a return of balmy temperatures any time soon. The rain and fog that hovered over Hall County is going to be followed this weekend by cold weather, according to the National Weather Service.

"(Say) goodbye to the spring-type temperatures," said Shirley Lamback, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

January 22, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


'You can’t pledge to a flag when you don’t have a flag'

GAINESVILLE - All East Hall High School students now have a flag to salute when they say the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.

"When I taught here, everybody had a flag in their room. But, for whatever reason through time, the (flags) kind of dwindled away," said principal Jeff Cooper.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County to lift burn ban

The longest outdoor burning ban in recent Hall County history will be lifted today, though it may be back in effect again soon, officials said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said beginning today, residential burning of small tree limbs and leaves and land clearing burns of natural debris will be allowed with a permit. It will be the first time since March 31 that the outdoor burns have been permitted in Hall County.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lights on! Switch for Communiversity sign flipped

County and city officials joined educators amidst a cloud of fog Thursday morning for a ceremonial lighting of the sign at Featherbone Communiversity.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Quadruple murder defendants plead not guilty

Two of the three defendants charged in a March 2006 massacre at a Forsyth County farmhouse entered formal not guilty pleas in a Thursday court appearance.

The arraignment of Jason McGhee, 27, and Marcin Sosniak, 23, was held in front of Bell-Forsyth Superior Court Judge David Dickinson. The two men did not speak. Their pleas were entered by their attorneys, Josh Moore of the Georgia Office of the Capital Defender and Cumming lawyer Charles Haldy. Thursday's court appearance was a routine procedure in a case that could stretch on for some time. District Attorney Penny Penn said she doubts ...

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


COMING SUNDAY: The Best of 2007

During 2007, our reporters and photographers produced great stories and pictures about the people and events of Northeast Georgia.

Sunday, The Times will reprint a few of our favorite stories in a special keepsake edition called "The Best of 2007."

January 22, 2008 | | Local


Florida officials preparing to charge Hilton with murder

A Florida prosecutor says he has enough evidence to charge Meredith Emerson's accused killer with a murder in that state.

January 22, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Man stabbed to death

Karaoke night turned deadly at a Helen bar early Thursday morning, where a man was stabbed to death in the town's first murder in years.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City discusses mutual aid agreement with county

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Council met with the city's fire chief Thursday to discuss the parameters of an expanded agreement that would mean city and county fire departments would share each others' burdens.

Hall County Fire Services and the Gainesville Fire Department have been hammering out changes to a 10-year-old mutual aid agreement. Though local fire officials have discussed expanding the agreement over the years, it has not been formally revised since its creation in 1997, said Gainesville's interim Fire Chief Jon Canada.

January 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Shuler reappointed as Hall administrator

A Hall County commissioner tried unsuccessfully Thursday to seek a separate vote on the reappointment of Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Emerson memorial: 'Meredith's love shines down on you today'

ATHENS -- The church pews couldn't hold everyone who came to pay respects to Meredith Emerson on Friday.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Clouds keep Gov. Perdue from Gainesville visit

Gov. Sonny Perdue hinted Thursday that Georgia, Florida and Alabama may face a challenge in trying to reach a tri-state water agreement by Feb. 15.

"That's optimistic," said Perdue in a telephone interview with The Times.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residential developments dominate Hall County’s agenda

More residential development is on the agenda for the Hall County Commission meeting today.

In December, the Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended for approval the roughly 1,507-acre Hagen Creek development plan that calls for 2,736 residential units, a school site and 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and office space in Lula.

January 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dyer is one of Georgia's top principals

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals has recognized Merrianne Dyer, principal of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, as one of its nine Distinguished Principals for 2008.

January 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered at Lanier Technical College Wednesday for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the local economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Suspect arrested in Forsyth County robbery of Chase Bank

A suspect in the April 9 Forsyth County robbery of a Chase Bank has been captured, authorities said.

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gibbs signs on as new Dawson schools chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Tuition to rise for all students at state colleges

DAHLONEGA - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


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