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Lowndes County arrests may be linked to Gainesville Jewelry heist

Four burglars stole more than $200,000 in merchandise from Gainesville Jewelry on Jesse Jewell Parkway early Thursday morning and Gainesville police are investigating a possible connection with three men caught with an estimated $250,000 worth of jewelry Lowndes County.

February 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plea deal key to quick resolution in Hilton case

In a judicial system where murder cases routinely can take years to resolve, the speed with which Gary Michael Hilton's case was closed out left court observers and law enforcement officials in awe.

"Wow," said Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton, when told Thursday that a guilty plea was imminent. "That's almost unprecedented."

February 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Parents hope wider road eases traffic at Centennial Arts Academy

Parents soon may not spend as much time sitting in their cars in the student pickup and drop-off lines at Centennial Arts Academy.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Driver sentenced to 12 years in prison after wreck that severely injured two

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week after being convicted of severely injuring two people when he caused a wreck while under the influence of methamphetamine.

February 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Army says updating water plan for Lake Lanier will take three years

The secretary of the Army has told U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., that updating the water control plans and manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin will be a three-year process.

February 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Director: Give golf course a chance

GAINESVILLE - The director of golf for Gainesville's municipal golf course assured City Council members the money they are investing in the Chattahoochee Golf Course is not going down the hole.

February 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Girl helped by local Marine leaves hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Two-year-old Amenah, an Iraqi girl with a complex heart defect, left the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Friday. She will spend the next 10 days with a host family in suburban Nashville before returning for open heart surgery.

The young girl's plight was brought to light by Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville, who is serving his third tour in Iraq. Jarrard and others arranged for the girl to get the badly needed surgery at Vanderbilt.

February 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Home invasion spurs three-hour chase

OAKWOOD - The plan was foiled by an 11-year-old boy's quick thinking.

Police said they believe Wayne Adam Shaw, 18, and Jose Luis Bautista-Osorio, 26, both of Gainesville, had targeted the house in the 2000 block of Leland Road in South Hall for a gang-related burglary.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child says design us a T-shirt, and you might win $100

Challenged Child and Friends is holding an art contest to determine the T-shirt design for its 16th Annual 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drug sting nets fifth soldier affiliated with Dahlonega camp

A fifth Army soldier who was stationed at Dahlonega's Camp Frank D. Merrill was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal drug conspiracy investigation.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fair Street gets money for garden

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a Toolbox for Education grant to Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School for the development of a "Reading Garden" outside the media center.

February 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Golf growth on the downswing, course pro tells council

GAINESVILLE -- Gainesville City Council members discussed the future of the Chattahoochee Golf Course this morning at their regular work session.

February 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hilton sentenced to life for murder of Meredith Emerson

DAWSONVILLE - Gary Michael Hilton avoided the possibility of execution with a guilty plea Thursday, but the parents of the young woman he abducted and killed are satisfied that he will "slowly rot" in prison.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hilton indicted for murder of hiker Meredith Emerson

Suspected serial killer Gary Michael Hilton was indicted on a single count of murder in a specially called session of the Dawson County grand jury this morning, a procedural step further indicating a guilty plea in the case could be imminent.

Hilton, 61, is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Bonnie Chessher Oliver at 1 p.m. today. Law enforcement officials have said they were told Hilton would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fixing holes in the heart, minus the open heart surgery

The concept of angioplasty seems amazing. A doctor opens a clogged heart vessel by threading a catheter through an artery in the groin.

February 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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