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2-year-old Iraqi girl improves following surgery

A 2-year-old Iraqi girl who underwent open-heart surgery Monday has shown improvement in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

Amenah Al-Bayati, whose life-threatening plight drew the attention of a Gainesville Marine, has been removed from a ventilator and continues her recovery in an intensive care unit.

February 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville planning board backs rezoning bid for industrial park

GAINESVILLE - The president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce told Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board the city needs more industrial park space because more industrial park space means more jobs for the community.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gives bulk of assets to Humane Society

Henrietta Wilson was a woman of modest means. She lived a quiet life in North Hall, restricted by a disability, and didn't have much social interaction with people.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pilot car to be used during Ga. 136 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation Monday began resurfacing parts of Ga. 136 from Ga. 400 in Dawson County to Ga. 60 in Hall County.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


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United Way reading initiative hires coordinator

The Read Learn Succeed initiative from the United Way of Hall County took its first step toward improving childhood literacy and education last week in hiring a program coordinator.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


BlueCross, hospital agree to new long-term contract

The contract impasse between Northeast Georgia Health System and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia is over.

September 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second largest gift in its history, property worth an estimated $5.2 million

September 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Belk sets fall charity sale

Belk at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville will join the retailer's other stores in November for the fall charity sale.

September 30, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review public transportation routes, fares

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear a presentation and review routes and fares for the city's public transit service.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor nears

SAVANNAH - Within two weeks, officials expect to sign a cost-sharing deal with the federal government that's needed to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority's top executive said Monday.

September 30, 2014 | BY RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Legacy Link moves, combining Gainesville offices

Legacy Link's three Gainesville offices are consolidating into one larger, updated office at 1480 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

September 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch to consider adding 141 acres

A public hearing is planned for the annexation and rezoning of a large swath of unincorporated county land into Flowery Branch.

September 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


As roads funding law goes into extension, long-term planning hamstrung

Transportation planners were hoping today would mark the end of short-term federal funding and Wednesday would start a period of sustained flowing of highway dollars to states and local projects.

September 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Proposed Gainesville annexation concerns Hall officials, residents

Plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, has pitted city and county officials in another conflict over "island" properties.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch woman hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria

A Flowery Branch woman is hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after being diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria.

September 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Three acquitted in Cleveland motorcycle club case

Three people accused of obstructing a federal investigation into a motorcycle club with alleged criminal ties were acquitted Thursday in United States District Court.

September 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State DOT buys image-boosting radio ads with tax funds

ATLANTA - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | BY RAY HENRY Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Brenau president, Tumblr founder discuss MBAs

Brenau University President Ed Schrader joined Tumblr founder David Karp and others on a panel Friday addressing the usefulness of master of business administration programs.

September 29, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ceremony brings up emotions for daughter of MIA Vietnam soldier

Kim Whitworth of northwest Hall County has no memory of her father, but that hasn't stopped the flow of emotions through the years as she has sought to learn more about his fate in the Vietnam War.

September 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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