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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


March planned in Cornelia for MLK

People from across Northeast Georgia will gather Sunday afternoon in Cornelia for a march to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers said they aim for the event to promote "peace, community and justice."

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Heavy snow warning issued

As the sun rises in the eastern sky this morning, the snow could begin falling and last much of the day.

January 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winter storm: Weather-related closings and delays in North Georgia

The following activities or events have been canceled on Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 (unless otherwise noted):

January 30, 2008 | | Local


Two die in collision with Dawson County school bus

Two people in a car were killed in a collision with a school bus Friday afternoon in Dawson County, while a student in the bus was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

The identification of the men killed was being withheld by authorities pending notification of next of kin.

January 30, 2008 | By Michelle Hester and Stephen Gurr | Local


Hilton warrant wasn’t in database

A federal judge in Gainesville signed a warrant for Gary Hilton's arrest last February, but when U.S. Forest officials in Florida stopped his van in November, they found no record of the warrant.

Within two weeks of that traffic stop in the Apalachicola National Forest, a woman Hilton is suspected of killing vanished, later turning up decapitated.

January 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Regions Bank donates bikes to Boys & Girls Clubs

It wasn't Christmas, but Friday afternoon still made for a perfect day to ride a new bike.

Regions Bank donated 150 bicycles to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County during a student assembly on Friday afternoon at the club.

January 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

When it comes to its new Gainesville business, the Gay family hopes it's a dog-eat-healthy-treats world.

September 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Right by the front door of Spout Springs School of Enrichment is a vending machine wrapped in kraft paper; on it, student signatures are scrawled across it, promising to make healthy choices. The machine's only option is bottled water.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Colleges seek to answer health industry needs

When new jobs come to Georgia, new workforce demands come with them.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ryan Casper replaces legend Walt Snelling as GHS announcer

Gainesville's Red Elephants will hear a new voice at tonight's football season home opener against Winder-Barrow.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Council to amend adult entertainment ordinance, refinance bonds

Gainesville City Council is prepared to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Green Warren Dental Clinic recognizes its founder

In 1997, Dr. Ed Burnette founded the Green Warren Dental Clinic, which provides free dental care for Hall County families without health insurance.

September 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Oakwood proposes 50 percent property tax hike in 2015

Oakwood is proposing to raise property taxes in 2015 by 50 percent.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County changes employee health benefits

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to implement changes to employee health care benefits in an effort to encourage workers to use the county's new pharmacy and clinic, set to open in January.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mobile home park stabbing victim ID’d, recovering

Police have identified the victim in a Gainesville mobile home park stabbing Aug. 30.

September 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Children in stable condition after Gainesville car accident

Seven people were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Pearl Nix Parkway this afternoon, but all are stable and have been transported for nonemergency treatment, said Gainesville Fire Department public information officer Keith Smith.

September 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday morning at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, boasting about $550,000 in donations already from 23 "pace setter" companies.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area emergency personnel gather to honor the fallen

Gainesville's police and fire departments will remember the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks this morning.

September 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall OKs funds to replace faulty firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved funding this morning for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform to replace the one involved in a July accident that seriously injured three firefighters.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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