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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


Some sheriff’s workers take unpaid time off by the hour

When Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was faced with a county mandate to furlough all 480 of his employees for one day a month, he looked around for other law enforcement agencies in the state that faced the same challenge.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marina’s 'fall festival' event to benefit businesswoman in battling cancer

Business leaders all around Lake Lanier are pulling together to help one of their own.

A fundraiser is scheduled Saturday at Aqualand Marina to benefit Lesli Smith, a local real estate agent and co-owner of Lake Lanier Lodges Log Cabin and Boat Rentals.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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New businesses open in Clarkesville city square after fire

The city of Clarkesville in Habersham County is developing a long-term master plan for its downtown square, eight months after a fire damaged four buildings.

November 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Thanksgiving programs feed the hearts of homeless, volunteers in Gainesville

Starla Prickett folded jeans, T-shirts and blankets with her two young daughters at the Good News at Noon shelter on Davis Street on Thanksgiving in Gainesville, preparing the items to be distributed to those in need.

November 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools prepare for winter weather

Students may be out of school for Thanksgiving this week, but area schools are ensuring inclement weather won't keep students from learning this winter.

November 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Unemployment falls during October in Gainesville

The unemployment rate for October in Metro Gainesville has dropped to 5.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.0 percent in September.

November 27, 2014 | | Local


Flowery Branch gas station awning hit, knocked over by truck

An awning at a vacant gas station in Flowery Branch was knocked over by a tractor-trailer, not by high winds or rain as originally thought.

November 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge & Bar: Agency to focus on winter safety, preparedness

After January storms brought Atlanta to a halt, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is hoping to prepare Georgians for winter storms.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Remembrance wreaths to honor fallen veterans

Each year, Wreaths Across America holds a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington and other cemeteries across the nation to remember and honor the country's veterans.

November 26, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Heart-transplant recipient beats lymphoma

In the nearly 22 years of his son's life, Doug Carter recalls five moments in the last year so clearly.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State leaders weigh in on closed Hall crossing

Local state lawmakers are now speaking out on the controversial closing of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing after receiving a letter this week from county officials calling for a more thorough explanation.

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Homeless man drowned in Lake Lanier

November 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville residents rally in support of Ferguson

The aftermath of a grand jury's decision this week not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown continues to resonate around the nation, and about two dozen residents took to the street Wednesday outside the Hall County courthouse in downtown Gainesville in a "call to action."

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


List of government closings for Thanksgiving holiday

Many county and city government offices will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 26, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Doggone good therapy: Program helps students read aloud

For a child who has trouble reading, it can be embarrassing to read out loud at school.

November 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cornelia closing roads for tree removal, water line installation

The city of Cornelia has closed two roads so work can be performed on the thoroughfares.

November 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Agency urges precautions during holiday rush

Once belts get a bit looser from Thanksgiving feasts, some shoppers start seeking bargains on Black Friday, and the people doing that at places such as the outlet mall in Dawsonville have drawn the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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