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Hall deputies search for escaped inmate

The Hall County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating why jail officials failed to realize an inmate of the Hall County Jail had escaped until 24 hours after the inmate went missing.

Police believe 24-year-old Obiel Pineda-Pardo escaped when he was allowed to take out the trash around 7 a.m. Friday, but he was not reported missing until after a Saturday morning head count.

January 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


'We're still marching to keep a dream alive'

To many, Monday was much more than a day off.

January 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local residents join in national day of service

Bundled up against the cold and armed with trash bags and a shovel, Tiffany Potter and her two children headed to Wauka Mountain Elementary School on Monday for a day of community service.

January 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local




Jackson County schools delay white boards to stay in the black

JEFFERSON - When Gum Springs Elementary School opened in 2008, teachers had access to some of the latest instructional technology in their classrooms.

January 18, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Pre-K students make pen pals nationwide

JEFFERSON - Without ever leaving their classroom, the pre-kindergarten students at Jefferson Elementary School have made friends with other students around the United States.

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cornelia fills streets to honor King’s memory

CORNELIA - More than 100 people walked along downtown streets Sunday as part of an annual peace march in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


You better bundle up — again

Get ready for a second round of cold to hit tonight and early Tuesday morning as an Alberta clipper blows into town.

January 18, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


‘Living the dream’

WASHINGTON - Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. bellowed his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent," Americans are celebrating King's dream with renewed vigor on the eve of the inauguration of the nation's first black president.

January 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To celiac disease sufferers, gluten is the evil ingredient

A growing number of supermarkets have created special sections for gluten-free foods, leading some shoppers to wonder: What the heck is gluten, and why would you want to be free of it?

January 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Boy Scout Troop 228 builds hut, weathers economy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Boys Scout Troop 228 in Flowery Branch is getting a life lesson in roughing it through a deep recession.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State gives counties the option to expand classroom sizes

Schools across the state may start adding desks to classrooms, now that the state board of education has approved a measure to increase class sizes in Georgia schools.

January 18, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson firefighters are a ‘special breed’

JEFFERSON - If someone offered you $1,000 to run into a burning building, would you take it?

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ham radio hobby still popular in Internet age

Nine-year-old Marcus Shockley is among the next generation of ham radio operators growing up in an age of Internet and wireless text messaging.

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall law authorities on hunt for Spell

Where in the world is Wendell Spell?

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


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