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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


Hall County to start building boat ramp, ramp extensions soon

Hall County officials say they soon will begin construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp and build extensions for two others.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Grandma: Buses need cameras, but school officials say money is tight

Video cameras are strategically placed in the classrooms, hallways and school yards of Hall County schools.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


SNPA picks gainesvilletimes.com as top Web site

The Times' Web site, gainesvilletimes.com, has been selected as the top Web site in the South among newspapers its size by the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The Times also placed second in the SNPA category for Best Front Page. The contest included material published from August 2007 to this past August.

October 25, 2008 | By staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Though the weather was a bit cool even for late March, local residents found plenty of ways to enjoy a spring Saturday in the area.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Put simply, Byronica Banks is a remarkable college student.

March 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

It still doesn't seem real to Erbey Rebollar and the family business at Taxi El Palmar.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt provides fun for all ages

The inaugural Glow In The Dark Easter egg hunt took place Friday at Laurel Park.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bayeux Tapestry replica makes brief appearance at University of North Georgia

If walls could talk, those of the University of North Georgia's dining hall banquet room would have had a lot to say Friday afternoon.

March 27, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony recognizes emergency officials

The men and women that serve Hall County were honored Friday night during the inaugural Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony, held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville's banquet hall.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Ted Oglesby honored by state lawmakers

Theodore N. "Ted" Oglesby was honored with a resolution in the Georgia State Senate chamber on Friday.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly's 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

March 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Old man winter is hanging on; North Georgia under freeze warning tonight

Winter isn't turning loose of Northeast Georgia just yet.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


1,100 run in annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce race

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer race Thursday at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Kenneth Slavik of Flowery Branch was the race winner. Race coordinator Megan Martin estimated more than 1,100 runners participated in the race, which marks an increase from last year's 1,000.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


NASA scientist tells North Hall sixth-graders they could go to Mars

Sixth-graders in North Hall County spent Thursday morning dreaming of walking on Mars.

March 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fundraiser names celebrity dancers for August event

Local celebrity dancers expected at this year's Dance for a Cause have been announced.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New Braselton hospital holds preview event in advance of grand opening

Smoked salmon was in the emergency department and apple cake squares were in the surgery waiting area at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

March 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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