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An instrument of praise: Grace Episcopal Church consecrates new pipe organ

After months of installation and fine-tuning, Grace Episcopal Church finally enjoyed the fruits of its labor Sunday during a consecration ceremony for the sanctuary's new $1 million pipe organ.

The company Casavant Freres of Quebec, Canada, custom-built the organ which has three manual pedals, three keyboards and 47 rows of 3,000 pipes.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hikers honor murder victim Meredith Emerson

Despite numbing temperatures, roughly 150 hikers, young and old, gathered Sunday morning at Meeks Park in Blairsville to honor the life of Meredith Emerson.

Hikers were invited to bring their canine companions to the park, and about 50 dogs trotted beside their owners on the short walk to honor the slain hiker.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Marchers brave cold for MLK’s legacy of peace

The cold didn't stop some 50 people from gathering Sunday afternoon at the Big Red Apple in downtown Cornelia to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a one-mile peace march to Shady Grove Baptist Church.

This marks the 22nd year of the annual Peace March, where participants amble hand-in-hand down Cornelia streets singing hymns. The march culminated at the church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with a performance by the Shady Grove dance ensemble and a speech by Lt. Col. Alfonzo Jackson of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brrrrr, bundle up for a while

Oh, baby it's cold outside.

Temperatures will be unseasonably cold for the next few days, but much of Northeast Georgia still is relieved after a winter storm that could have been worse.

February 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Coroner identifies teens killed in collision with Dawson school bus

The Dawson County coroner has identified two teens killed Friday afternoon in a collision with a school bus.

February 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Winter storm: Snow is gone, but now comes the cold

The snow is gone, but here comes the cold.

As the snowflakes tapered off and most of the accumulation melted away by late afternoon, a cold air front was expecting to bring bone-chilling temperatures to the area. At 9 a.m., the temperature in Gainesville was 17 degrees.

January 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New rules in effect for kitchen inspections

The kitchen inspections return today to The Times after a hiatus of a few weeks due to the holidays and a change in rules.

You likely will notice a bit of a difference in the reports.

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers to memorialize Meredith Emerson

Despite the threat of weather, organizers say a planned memorial walk for Meredith Emerson will go on as planned Sunday morning at a park north of Blairsville.

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Winter storm: Snow melting, but ice expected tonight

Heavy snow has begun falling in downtown Gainesville, and the temperature is hovering just above the freezing mark. Accumulations of up to 3 inches are possible, the National Weather Service reports.

(This article will be updated thoughout the day as developments warrant.)

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Group home issue difficult to navigate

Ever since city marshals discovered the Alpha House for Men, a group home for recovering addicts, operating without a permit last summer, Gainesville city officials have continually faced the question of where to place group homes in the city.

January 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


March planned in Cornelia for MLK

People from across Northeast Georgia will gather Sunday afternoon in Cornelia for a march to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers said they aim for the event to promote "peace, community and justice."

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Heavy snow warning issued

As the sun rises in the eastern sky this morning, the snow could begin falling and last much of the day.

January 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winter storm: Weather-related closings and delays in North Georgia

The following activities or events have been canceled on Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 (unless otherwise noted):

January 30, 2008 | | Local


Two die in collision with Dawson County school bus

Two people in a car were killed in a collision with a school bus Friday afternoon in Dawson County, while a student in the bus was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

The identification of the men killed was being withheld by authorities pending notification of next of kin.

January 30, 2008 | By Michelle Hester and Stephen Gurr | Local


Hilton warrant wasn’t in database

A federal judge in Gainesville signed a warrant for Gary Hilton's arrest last February, but when U.S. Forest officials in Florida stopped his van in November, they found no record of the warrant.

Within two weeks of that traffic stop in the Apalachicola National Forest, a woman Hilton is suspected of killing vanished, later turning up decapitated.

January 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Lanier Career Academy program to add farmer’s market, orchard

November 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Families have spooktacular fun during Trick-Or-Treat on the Square

The annual Trick-Or-Treat on the Square took place in downtown Gainesville on Friday afternoon. A downtown Gainesville tradition for almost 20 years, the Gainesville Communications and Tourism Department served as host. Downtown businesses passed out an endless supply of candy and treats to kids who then participated in a costume contest.

November 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cold winds bring freeze worries, put tender plants at risk

Northeast Georgia will feel a cold, blustery start to November.

October 31, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


‘Dark’ money pours into Ga. Senate race

Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is flush with spending from nonprofit agencies that keep their donors anonymous, making it one of the most expensive contests of the midterm elections.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's adult club loses alcohol license

The Top of Gainesville adult strip club has had its alcohol license suspended following a complaint that it was not serving food for a period of time.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman who set off pipe bombs sentenced to 3 years

A judge gave Celia Savage a break in February when he sentenced her to probation after federal authorities found pipe bombs and guns in her home during a raid. He warned her not to make him look like a fool.

October 31, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


A dark day in history now memorialized with marker

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Tech to host 1st job fair in 6 years

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare Ebola plan

Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dance and auction will benefit child welfare group

A night of dinner and dancing will help raise tens of thousands of dollars to save and protect North Georgia children.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Graduation rates decrease for local school districts

Both Hall and Gainesville schools saw slight drops in their graduation rates in 2014, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


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