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Jury to decide if suspect stands trial

A Hall County jury could be empaneled this spring to decide whether a man facing the possibility of the death penalty is competent to stand trial.

February 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A lawman’s final farewell

GAINESVILLE - With her right hand on her father's flag-draped casket, Michelle Thrasher started singing what she said was her daddy's favorite song.

Thrasher, daughter of former Hall County Sheriff Edward "Ed" Lee England, never faltered as she sang, without music, "How Great Thou Art."

February 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A worse drought?

A former director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division warned Friday that the state should be prepared for an even more devastating drought.

February 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville State celebrates an early Mardi Gras

OAKWOOD -- Gainesville State College kicked off Black History Month with a bang Friday night as nearly 100 students and staff gathered for a Mardi Gras Masquerade.

The social mixer included a brief history of the origination of Mardi Gras and Carnival, samba music provided by Jazz Baptiste Productions, Caribbean food and drinks, a crowning of Mardi Gras King and Queen, and a Capoeira performance, which is an African acrobatic dance, performed by University of Georgia students.

February 13, 2008 | By Bianca Bruno bbruno@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Nurses, nursing students take concerns to state Capitol

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February 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County teen pleads guilty in school bomb scare

JEFFERSON ­-- The teenager accused of bringing a homemade bomb to Jackson County Comprehensive High faces sentencing Feb. 14 after he pleaded guilty Friday morning.

February 12, 2008 | By Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


GMS principal resigns to take Gilmer post

GAINESVILLE - Lisa Smith, principal of the Classical Studies Academy at Gainesville Middle School, is headed to Gilmer County in North Georgia as systemwide math specialist.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King's Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

July 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

July 21, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

July 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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