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Boys & Girls facility will reach more kids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County hope to be able to reach out to even more young people once construction on its new building is complete.

October 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ideas flow for Oakwood's 2030 plan at public hearing

OAKWOOD - About 20 Oakwood residents came out to Thursday's town hall meeting at Oakwood City Hall to get more details about the city's proposed Oakwood 2030 plan.

"We wanted to give you an overview of what we have planned, but this is not the end of the process," said Stan Brown, Oakwood's city manager. "We seem to be lacking a sense of downtown in Oakwood, and that is something we hope to define with this plan."

October 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Bestselling Afghan author draws crowd at Brenau event

International bestselling author Khaled Hosseini graced the stage of Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium Thursday evening to the delight of a sold-out audience.

Hosseini, who penned "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," engaged in a candid conversation with a Brenau graduate about Afghanistan's past and future, drawing the largest crowd in Brenau history, said Ed Schrader, president of Brenau University.

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A monster mash for sons and their mummies

It's not every day that friendly witches and Superman gather around the dinner table to share a meal of macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and peanut butter and chocolate pie.

October 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grant would speed Hall's career-oriented education goals

Leaders of the Hall County school system and Lanier Technical College are hoping a $3.2 million grant will put local high schools on the fast track to providing a more modern career-oriented education for Hall County students.

Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools, traveled to Atlanta Thursday with Mike Moye, president of Lanier Technical College, to pitch a joint grant proposal to leaders of the Technical College System of Georgia. Schofield and Moye are competing against nine other K-12 school system and technical college partnerships statewide that also made it to the final round for five $3.2 ...

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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


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Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

March 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School yearbook earns praise for design

Gainesville High School's yearbook, "The Radiator," recently received national recognition for excellence in design.

March 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Clock ticking as legislature enters final week of session

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are set to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight on Thursday, leaving only two working days left for the year and plenty to accomplish.

March 29, 2015 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Teachers get help in STEM instruction at UNG conference

Educators from around North Georgia met Saturday for the Georgia Science Teachers Association District II ELIPSE (Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators) Conference held on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus.

March 29, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center's new Braselton hospital helps drives growth

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is making an economic impression on its surrounding area, even before it opens Wednesday.

March 29, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


A rarity: Murder case ends quickly in hotel slaying

For fans of the TV crime procedural, each episode's case is wrapped up with a neat bow in 60 minutes.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Day care owner, staff members indicted in 2014 toddler burn case

The owner, site director and an employee at a former Clermont day care were indicted Thursday on charges connected to a toddler who was burned on the premises last summer.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Though the weather was a bit cool even for late March, local residents found plenty of ways to enjoy a spring Saturday in the area.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Put simply, Byronica Banks is a remarkable college student.

March 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

It still doesn't seem real to Erbey Rebollar and the family business at Taxi El Palmar.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt provides fun for all ages

The inaugural Glow In The Dark Easter egg hunt took place Friday at Laurel Park.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bayeux Tapestry replica makes brief appearance at University of North Georgia

If walls could talk, those of the University of North Georgia's dining hall banquet room would have had a lot to say Friday afternoon.

March 27, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony recognizes emergency officials

The men and women that serve Hall County were honored Friday night during the inaugural Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony, held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville's banquet hall.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Ted Oglesby honored by state lawmakers

Theodore N. "Ted" Oglesby was honored with a resolution in the Georgia State Senate chamber on Friday.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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