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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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Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


3rd annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party closes out summer

Area dogs and their owners gathered at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Sunday for some fun in the water at the third annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party. Dogs of all sizes splashed around in the pool throughout the afternoon and competed in contests like best game of fetch and best tricks. The canine pool party, sponsored by Gainesville's parks and recreation department, is held each year after the pool closes for the season.

September 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire survivor to speak at United Way event

John O'Leary survived burns to his entire body, and will tell his story of survival and redemption Thursday to the United Way of Hall County.

September 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New Habitat home will go to a hero

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Wintergreen Court was experiencing something unusual for a small, unassuming neighborhood in Flowery Branch: gridlock.

September 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Horseless rodeo: No saddle sores from this roundup

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8452 inaugural Horseless Rodeo on Saturday on the Riverside campus in Gainesville. The event gathered 60 contestants and about 150 spectators, and raised more than $3,000 to help veterans and their families.

September 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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