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N.C. authorities interested in Gary Hilton in two cases there

North Carolina authorities now are looking into whether Gary Hilton is connected to the disappearance of a hiker there two years ago who was reportedly last seen with a man fitting his description.

Meanwhile, the sheriff of Transylvania County, N.C., where an elderly woman was killed on a hike and her husband's remains are missing, said Hilton's van had a stolen license plate from his county when he was arrested Jan. 4.

January 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


N.C. sheriff: Link established between Hilton and elderly couple

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Transylvania County sheriff says investigators have established a positive link between the slaying of a North Carolina hiker, the disappearance of her husband, and the man charged with killing a young hiker in Georgia.

January 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Large retail center planned for Ga. 365

An Atlanta shopping center developer plans to build a 750,000-square-foot shopping center just north of Exit 24 on Ga. 365.

Will Cobb, a broker with The Norton Agency, said The Gipson Co. is preparing a zoning application for about 200 acres on the east side of Ga. 365. Initial approval is being sought from the Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center as the project is a development of regional impact.

January 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gold museum target of robbery

On Dec. 24, 2007, Georgia Department of Natural Resources site manager Angela Johnson received information, from an anonymous caller, of a possible conspiracy to steal valuable coins from the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

January 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GBI: Hilton's abandoned van might contain evidence in killings

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking for Gary Hilton's old van, which was broken down and abandoned on National Forest land in White County for two years but may contain evidence in the suspected serial killer's case.

January 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wintry weather tonight; no accumulations expected in Hall

Come back to gainesvilletimes.com throughout the day for weather updates.

January 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Snow in Gainesville? More likely rain and sleet Wednesday, Thursday

According to National Weather Service forecasters, the Gainesville area could see a trace of snow late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

January 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Enota academy to hold fair tonight

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy has planned a fair from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

January 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gas leak backs up traffic, temporarily closes Sardis Road

A portion of Sardis Road was closed for nearly two hours on Monday after construction workers broke a gas main.

January 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board approves new elementary attendance zones

Friendship, Spout Springs and Chestnut Mountain elementary schools have new attendance boundaries beginning in the fall.

January 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Explosion at Pilgrim's Pride injures one

GAINESVILLE - An apparent boiler explosion sent one Pilgrim's Pride employee to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Industrial Boulevard was closed as Gainesville firefighters worked to find the cause of an explosion that dented a rollup door on the outside of the plant.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Turn lanes on Exit 22 will double its capacity

GAINESVILLE - Lane closures started Monday on Interstate 985 and U.S. 129 for a road widening project that should last well into the summer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is adding left turn lanes at Exit 22 of I-985 to make room for more vehicles on the road, said DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood City Council votes to increase pay, effective in 2010

Oakwood City Council voted Monday evening to raise council members' salaries, and the $250 per month increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Before the council's approval to increase council members' pay, Oakwood City Council members received $350 each month for their service, which totals $4,200 annually.

January 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospital names doctor to executive post that bridges gap between physicians and administrators

In some hospitals, there's an "us versus them" relationship between administrators and doctors.

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center didn't want that to happen here, so they've created a new position: chief medical officer.

January 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blairsville named part of state’s Main Street program

Blairsville on Wednesday was selected as Georgia's newest Main Street City program participant.

January 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


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