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War hero, jazz music, soul food all part of Black History Month events planned at Gainesville State

OAKWOOD - Gainesville State College is planning several Black History Month events under the theme "Changing the Black American Image Through History."

A panel discussion is set for noon Wednesday on "The Color Line Revisited: Does Racism Still Exist?" The event will take place in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

February 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Green groups say Georgia water plan is no plan at all

The Georgia General Assembly passed a long-awaited statewide water management plan Friday, but environmentalists found no reason to celebrate.

February 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Right to life group holds student contest

Hall County Right to Life is holding an oratory contest.

February 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hundreds celebrate King's dream, which is 'slow, but it's coming'

Nearly 300 people, black, white, old and young, joined the 38th annual Newtown Florist Club King Day March as pedestrians traveled through the streets of Gainesville Monday afternoon celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

February 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sheriff investigating accidental death of North Hall High student

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it has deemed as the accidental death Friday of a 16-year-old North Hall High School student.

February 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


An instrument of praise: Grace Episcopal Church consecrates new pipe organ

After months of installation and fine-tuning, Grace Episcopal Church finally enjoyed the fruits of its labor Sunday during a consecration ceremony for the sanctuary's new $1 million pipe organ.

The company Casavant Freres of Quebec, Canada, custom-built the organ which has three manual pedals, three keyboards and 47 rows of 3,000 pipes.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hikers honor murder victim Meredith Emerson

Despite numbing temperatures, roughly 150 hikers, young and old, gathered Sunday morning at Meeks Park in Blairsville to honor the life of Meredith Emerson.

Hikers were invited to bring their canine companions to the park, and about 50 dogs trotted beside their owners on the short walk to honor the slain hiker.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Marchers brave cold for MLK’s legacy of peace

The cold didn't stop some 50 people from gathering Sunday afternoon at the Big Red Apple in downtown Cornelia to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a one-mile peace march to Shady Grove Baptist Church.

This marks the 22nd year of the annual Peace March, where participants amble hand-in-hand down Cornelia streets singing hymns. The march culminated at the church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with a performance by the Shady Grove dance ensemble and a speech by Lt. Col. Alfonzo Jackson of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

February 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brrrrr, bundle up for a while

Oh, baby it's cold outside.

Temperatures will be unseasonably cold for the next few days, but much of Northeast Georgia still is relieved after a winter storm that could have been worse.

February 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Coroner identifies teens killed in collision with Dawson school bus

The Dawson County coroner has identified two teens killed Friday afternoon in a collision with a school bus.

February 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Winter storm: Snow is gone, but now comes the cold

The snow is gone, but here comes the cold.

As the snowflakes tapered off and most of the accumulation melted away by late afternoon, a cold air front was expecting to bring bone-chilling temperatures to the area. At 9 a.m., the temperature in Gainesville was 17 degrees.

January 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New rules in effect for kitchen inspections

The kitchen inspections return today to The Times after a hiatus of a few weeks due to the holidays and a change in rules.

You likely will notice a bit of a difference in the reports.

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers to memorialize Meredith Emerson

Despite the threat of weather, organizers say a planned memorial walk for Meredith Emerson will go on as planned Sunday morning at a park north of Blairsville.

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Winter storm: Snow melting, but ice expected tonight

Heavy snow has begun falling in downtown Gainesville, and the temperature is hovering just above the freezing mark. Accumulations of up to 3 inches are possible, the National Weather Service reports.

(This article will be updated thoughout the day as developments warrant.)

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Group home issue difficult to navigate

Ever since city marshals discovered the Alpha House for Men, a group home for recovering addicts, operating without a permit last summer, Gainesville city officials have continually faced the question of where to place group homes in the city.

January 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


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


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