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Hall commissioners OK Hagen Creek development

Hall County Commission gave the final approval for a 2,736-home North Hall subdivision Thursday that will include a 20-acre school site, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space and possibly an 18-hole golf course.

January 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall, Gainesville school boards set for retreats

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City and Hall County boards of education plan to meet separately Saturday for annual retreats, a time when board members typically focus on big-picture issues.

The Gainesville board will talk about its "mission, visions and beliefs," and Hall County will conduct Georgia School Boards Association training.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials: Hilton was in Gainesville on night Emerson abducted

Gary Michael Hilton was at a Gainesville ATM trying to use a bank card belonging to Meredith Emerson the night she was abducted, officials said.

Hilton is believed to have spent about 20 minutes at a Bank of America ATM in Gainesville around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said this week, citing information provided to him by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cold to move in, rain to move out

Don't expect a return of balmy temperatures any time soon. The rain and fog that hovered over Hall County is going to be followed this weekend by cold weather, according to the National Weather Service.

"(Say) goodbye to the spring-type temperatures," said Shirley Lamback, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

January 22, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


'You can’t pledge to a flag when you don’t have a flag'

GAINESVILLE - All East Hall High School students now have a flag to salute when they say the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.

"When I taught here, everybody had a flag in their room. But, for whatever reason through time, the (flags) kind of dwindled away," said principal Jeff Cooper.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County to lift burn ban

The longest outdoor burning ban in recent Hall County history will be lifted today, though it may be back in effect again soon, officials said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said beginning today, residential burning of small tree limbs and leaves and land clearing burns of natural debris will be allowed with a permit. It will be the first time since March 31 that the outdoor burns have been permitted in Hall County.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lights on! Switch for Communiversity sign flipped

County and city officials joined educators amidst a cloud of fog Thursday morning for a ceremonial lighting of the sign at Featherbone Communiversity.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Quadruple murder defendants plead not guilty

Two of the three defendants charged in a March 2006 massacre at a Forsyth County farmhouse entered formal not guilty pleas in a Thursday court appearance.

The arraignment of Jason McGhee, 27, and Marcin Sosniak, 23, was held in front of Bell-Forsyth Superior Court Judge David Dickinson. The two men did not speak. Their pleas were entered by their attorneys, Josh Moore of the Georgia Office of the Capital Defender and Cumming lawyer Charles Haldy. Thursday's court appearance was a routine procedure in a case that could stretch on for some time. District Attorney Penny Penn said she doubts ...

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


COMING SUNDAY: The Best of 2007

During 2007, our reporters and photographers produced great stories and pictures about the people and events of Northeast Georgia.

Sunday, The Times will reprint a few of our favorite stories in a special keepsake edition called "The Best of 2007."

January 22, 2008 | | Local


Florida officials preparing to charge Hilton with murder

A Florida prosecutor says he has enough evidence to charge Meredith Emerson's accused killer with a murder in that state.

January 22, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Man stabbed to death

Karaoke night turned deadly at a Helen bar early Thursday morning, where a man was stabbed to death in the town's first murder in years.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City discusses mutual aid agreement with county

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Council met with the city's fire chief Thursday to discuss the parameters of an expanded agreement that would mean city and county fire departments would share each others' burdens.

Hall County Fire Services and the Gainesville Fire Department have been hammering out changes to a 10-year-old mutual aid agreement. Though local fire officials have discussed expanding the agreement over the years, it has not been formally revised since its creation in 1997, said Gainesville's interim Fire Chief Jon Canada.

January 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Shuler reappointed as Hall administrator

A Hall County commissioner tried unsuccessfully Thursday to seek a separate vote on the reappointment of Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Emerson memorial: 'Meredith's love shines down on you today'

ATHENS -- The church pews couldn't hold everyone who came to pay respects to Meredith Emerson on Friday.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Clouds keep Gov. Perdue from Gainesville visit

Gov. Sonny Perdue hinted Thursday that Georgia, Florida and Alabama may face a challenge in trying to reach a tri-state water agreement by Feb. 15.

"That's optimistic," said Perdue in a telephone interview with The Times.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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The Local Agenda: Hall shuffles its calendar

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has canceled its 6 p.m. Thursday voting session. Its work session typically held at 3 p.m. Monday also was canceled.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tennis courts reopen to serve public

Freshly painted lines and resurfaced tennis courts are now open to the public in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County accepting bids on trail project

A longtime plan to build a bicycle/pedestrian path cutting through a portion of historic Chicopee Village is closer to reality.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools request more classroom space

Enrollment is up in Hall County schools, and the district is requesting funding for more classroom space to accommodate the growing number of students.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Former Fair Street coach, mentor died Saturday

A Gainesville great, E.L. Cabbell, died Saturday at his home in Lexington, N.C.

August 25, 2014 | By Kristen Oliver koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Pathways help teens navigate career choices

Navigating the path to a career is a tricky process, and it's one that Georgia teenagers are being asked to start learning about early.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Family leans on each other after losing home in fire

After a long series of tragedies and accidents, Jessica Rhodes-Touchet said she doesn't know which way to turn, but she does know whom she can lean on.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Plaintiff’s death won't end defamation lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a man misidentified in an arrest almost a year ago will continue despite his death, according to a notice filed by his estate.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Former sheriff’s deputy fights to regain job

CUMMING - The Forsyth County Civil Service Board is weighing the case of a former local sheriff's deputy who was fired earlier this summer during investigation of a fraudulent legal practices case.

August 25, 2014 | | Local


Forsyth County commissioner faces hearing on ethics

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy J. Mills will face an ethics hearing in regard to two issues raised in a resident's complaint earlier this summer, although the review board found there wasn't enough evidence to move forward on other points.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Community center hours expanding

Hall County on Sunday extended the hours of operation at its three community centers.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Schools find use for Rainey Street land

Gainesville City Schools will use a property purchased in 2012 for its high school construction program.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Coalition seeks to educate Hall County on marijuana

After a House bill on medical marijuana sputtered in the Georgia General Assembly, the Hall County Drug Free Coalition is hosting a community forum to inform the public.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Schools use fresh data to take new measure of student achievement

August 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials seek to learn more about fire truck involved in July 22 accident

Hall County's fire chief relieved of command Monday was in charge of the search to purchase the ladder truck that injured three Hall County firefighters during a training accident July 22, county officials said.

August 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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