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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


Magazine says Gainesville is a good place to retire

In its January-February 2008 issue, Where to Retire magazine highlights Gainesville as one of eight towns in the U.S. that have low tax burdens on retirees.

January 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville gets ready for auction

Gainesville is cleaning out its closets.

As they do every year, officials from city departments are planning to auction off and donate their surplus property. Each department has taken inventory of its property and decided which assets have served the department beyond their use.

January 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hearings set for new World Languages Academy

GAINESVILLE - Public information hearings have been scheduled for the Hall County school system's planned new World Languages Academy.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police station could transform into hotel and office buildings

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville could earn at least $2 million if the City Council approves a proposed Midtown development.

January 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


DA had no knowledge of deal in Hilton case

Dawson County District Attorney Lee Darragh was left out of the loop when other prosecutors struck a deal with Gary Michael Hilton promising not to seek the death penalty against him in order to locate the body of slain hiker Meredith Emerson.

Darragh told reporters Wednesday after an initial court appearance for Hilton that he first learned Monday night of the discovery of Emerson's body in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and the possibility she had been killed there, some 50 miles from where she was abducted in Union County.

January 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two more school principals to leave at end of 2007-08

Hall County school system principals Wayne Colston of Mount Vernon Elementary and Terry Dover of Lula Elementary have announced they are retiring after this school year.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Hall County extends Glades agreement

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to extend a lease management agreement for the proposed Glades Reservoir into July 2015, buying time for the county to acquire the federal permit needed to proceed with the project.

April 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2 hurt in McEver Road collision; one charged with DUI

Two women were injured Tuesday in a wreck on McEver Road near Gaines Ferry Road.

April 24, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Local races on ballots in Northeast Georgia

Banks County

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Where to advance vote

Happening 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Hours vary at some locations.

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Water war lawsuit decision due by fall

Georgia might hear by fall whether the U.S. Supreme Court should take on a Florida legal action alleging Georgia has harmed Apalachicola Bay by using too much water, the head of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division said today.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




State leaders open career opportunities for students

There's a gap between the number of skilled trade professionals leaving career fields and the number of promising youth ready to take the reins.

April 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Health care debate gets middle school take

It's been an issue thoroughly hashed out by grown-ups.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: May 19 court date set for former Hall jailer accused of battery

An ex-jailer from the Hall County Sheriff's Office charged with violation of oath by a public officer is set to appear before a judge May 19 in Superior Court.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Movie filming scenes at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Ellis treads tough road in District 3 race

Lifelong Hall County resident Steven Ellis has an uphill battle trying to unseat Scott Gibbs in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race this year.

April 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dawson jailer fired after arrest

April 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Children dig in at community garden

The Gainesville Housing Authority kicked off a community garden project Wednesday with a lot of little help at Melrose Apartments.

April 23, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Ambulance hits house after state patrol says brakes failed

An ambulance struck a house on Old Flowery Branch Road in South Hall County on Wednesday afternoon after the brakes failed on the vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol.

April 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deal signs bill allowing guns in more places

ELLIJAY - Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed gun carriers can take their weapons, as the governor signed a bill allowing them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

April 23, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


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