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Hilton made plans for dog as part of plea deal

Authorities say the drifter who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson made plans for his dog's future as part of his plea agreement.

Dandy, the reddish golden retriever that belonged to 61-year-old Gary Michael Hilton, has been adopted into a new home. The Northern Judicial Public Defender, H. Bradford Morris, says Hilton was concerned that his dog have a good home.

February 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Living history: War veterans meet with students from Gainesville Middle School

GAINESVILLE - They brought old photographs and memorabilia. One veteran brought a model of the bomber he flew during World War II. But most of all, the veterans brought memories of their time spent in the military, during war and peace.

"We need to let these kids know what it was like back when," said Van Peeples, a second-class petty officer during the Vietnam War era. "There was a time when people were actually drafted."

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students, teachers face off in dodgeball

It's not every day that an eighth-grader gets the chance to peg his science teacher with a big white ball; although, he might imagine it on a daily basis.

But that's the scenario 11 faculty members at Chestatee Middle School arranged Tuesday afternoon in the form of a student versus faculty dodgeball game. Nearly 250 Chestatee Middle School students filled the school gym stands to watch the competition between 60 student players and Team Ocho, the Chestatee Middle School faculty team comprised of math, science and English teachers.

February 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Teens ‘have a lot to tell’ to anti-drug group

"Just say no" just won't cut it anymore.

As Hall County volunteers met Tuesday to talk about attacking the problem of teen drug use, several said the simplistic 1980s-era slogan is not enough in the age of text messaging and YouTube.

February 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau receives $200,000 from Regions

Regions Financial Corp. has donated $200,000 to Brenau University, with one of its executives saying that women's business education is central to the company's charitable giving programs.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson, Forsyth schools pull possibly tainted meat from menus

Jackson and Forsyth county school systems are among Georgia school districts that have been ordered to stop serving beef supplied by a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for mistreating animals.

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries could fall in Hall tonight

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County area can expect snow flurries tonight, but nothing more, the National Weather Service is reporting.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall considers increasing landfill fees, landscaping interstate exits

County commissioners discussed funding the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Centennial Gateway Initiative and the possibility of increasing county landfill rates from $34.50 per ton to $40 per ton at Monday's work session.

Vice Commissioner Steve Gailey said the proposed hike comes after an eight-year period in which landfill rates remained constant, and the rate increase is needed to bring Hall County landfill rates up to market standards in surrounding counties.

February 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Toccoa Falls dorm set for August completion

Toccoa Falls College is building a $500,000 dormitory that is set to finished by August.

February 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Rotary Club honors man, woman of the year

A woman who was instrumental in the additional use of Hall County's Olympic Rowing venue and a longtime business and civic leader were honored Monday night as the Rotary Club of Gainesville's Man and Woman of the Year.

Connie Hagler, who stepped down as executive director of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club in October after working with the club for more than 10 years, was honored as Woman of the Year.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Authorities seek escaped diversion center inmate

GAINESVILLE -An inmate escaped from the Gainesville Diversion Center this morning after kicking out the window of his room.

An escape warrant has been issued for James Dale Amos, 37, who was serving time in the minimum-security facility for charges of aggravated assault, first-degree criminal damage and possession of Xanax and methamphetamines in Cherokee County, according to Susan Phillips, director of public affairs for the state's Department of Corrections.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville Marine's open heart gives Iraqi girl chance at a future

Pink fingers, toes and lips.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Take 14 teens, and what do you get? A new house for Habitat for Humanity

Most afternoons, a group of 14 Hall County high school students will not be found in the classroom. But they are still nailing their grades.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Newton County educator will be North Hall High's new principal

North Hall High School has a new principal, Newton County High School principal Joe Gheesling.

February 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Helen fire chief's arrest puts him at odds with White County sheriff

The White County sheriff and Helen's fire chief remain locked in a bizarre standoff after the sheriff ordered the fire chief arrested two weeks ago. Each official points to the same Georgia law to claim he is right.

February 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents offer feedback over lakefront reassessments

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Send us your summer events for Splash leisure guide

The annual Splash summer leisure guide will be published with The Times on May 25.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to begin on May 1

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's burn ban that applies to 54 counties, including Hall and several others in Northeast Georgia, is set to begin May 1.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Earth Day too big for April 22

Area schools and environmental groups are teaming for a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and educate citizens of Hall County about climate change, conservation and eco-technology.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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