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Driver sentenced to 12 years in prison after wreck that severely injured two

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week after being convicted of severely injuring two people when he caused a wreck while under the influence of methamphetamine.

February 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Army says updating water plan for Lake Lanier will take three years

The secretary of the Army has told U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., that updating the water control plans and manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin will be a three-year process.

February 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Director: Give golf course a chance

GAINESVILLE - The director of golf for Gainesville's municipal golf course assured City Council members the money they are investing in the Chattahoochee Golf Course is not going down the hole.

February 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Girl helped by local Marine leaves hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Two-year-old Amenah, an Iraqi girl with a complex heart defect, left the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Friday. She will spend the next 10 days with a host family in suburban Nashville before returning for open heart surgery.

The young girl's plight was brought to light by Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville, who is serving his third tour in Iraq. Jarrard and others arranged for the girl to get the badly needed surgery at Vanderbilt.

February 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Home invasion spurs three-hour chase

OAKWOOD - The plan was foiled by an 11-year-old boy's quick thinking.

Police said they believe Wayne Adam Shaw, 18, and Jose Luis Bautista-Osorio, 26, both of Gainesville, had targeted the house in the 2000 block of Leland Road in South Hall for a gang-related burglary.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child says design us a T-shirt, and you might win $100

Challenged Child and Friends is holding an art contest to determine the T-shirt design for its 16th Annual 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drug sting nets fifth soldier affiliated with Dahlonega camp

A fifth Army soldier who was stationed at Dahlonega's Camp Frank D. Merrill was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal drug conspiracy investigation.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fair Street gets money for garden

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a Toolbox for Education grant to Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School for the development of a "Reading Garden" outside the media center.

February 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Golf growth on the downswing, course pro tells council

GAINESVILLE -- Gainesville City Council members discussed the future of the Chattahoochee Golf Course this morning at their regular work session.

February 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hilton sentenced to life for murder of Meredith Emerson

DAWSONVILLE - Gary Michael Hilton avoided the possibility of execution with a guilty plea Thursday, but the parents of the young woman he abducted and killed are satisfied that he will "slowly rot" in prison.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hilton indicted for murder of hiker Meredith Emerson

Suspected serial killer Gary Michael Hilton was indicted on a single count of murder in a specially called session of the Dawson County grand jury this morning, a procedural step further indicating a guilty plea in the case could be imminent.

Hilton, 61, is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Bonnie Chessher Oliver at 1 p.m. today. Law enforcement officials have said they were told Hilton would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fixing holes in the heart, minus the open heart surgery

The concept of angioplasty seems amazing. A doctor opens a clogged heart vessel by threading a catheter through an artery in the groin.

February 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Doc says if you have warning signs, you might be having a heart attack

Symptoms that could signal a possible heart problem should not be ignored.

February 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville State College students, faculty vote in pre-primary

OAKWOOD - Local college students threaten to make an appearance at the polls next week. That is, of course, if Gainesville State College's campuswide presidential primary is any indication of the real one.

More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff at Gainesville State College voted in a two-day pre-primary primary sponsored by the school's Politically Incorrect Club.

February 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Official: Hilton may plead guilty to killing hiker

Suspected serial killer Gary Michael Hilton could plead guilty to the murder of abducted hiker Meredith Emerson in a hearing scheduled for this afternoon, officials said.

Law enforcement officials confirmed late Wednesday that a guilty plea was expected.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area experts warn against rising Islamic State terror

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard believes those wondering whether the Islamic State's reach could extend into middle America should remember or learn what happened in Beslan, Russia, in September 2004.

September 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


World Language Academy immerses students in languages, culture

September 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Harvest of Hope’s message: Living with cancer, not dying from it

Cancer patients came together with other survivors, doctors and vendors Saturday at the annual Harvest of Hope at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Artists share works at annual Art in the Square

A picture-perfect Saturday greeted visitors as area artists set up shop in the downtown Gainesville square for the 11th annual Art in the Square festival.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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