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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


DA had no knowledge of deal in Hilton case

Dawson County District Attorney Lee Darragh was left out of the loop when other prosecutors struck a deal with Gary Michael Hilton promising not to seek the death penalty against him in order to locate the body of slain hiker Meredith Emerson.

Darragh told reporters Wednesday after an initial court appearance for Hilton that he first learned Monday night of the discovery of Emerson's body in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and the possibility she had been killed there, some 50 miles from where she was abducted in Union County.

January 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two more school principals to leave at end of 2007-08

Hall County school system principals Wayne Colston of Mount Vernon Elementary and Terry Dover of Lula Elementary have announced they are retiring after this school year.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hilton considered suspect in Florida slaying

Law enforcement officials in Tallahassee, Fla., want to question Gary Michael Hilton in the case of a Florida woman whose body was found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 15.

Leon County Sheriff's Maj. Mike Wood said Hilton, charged in the abduction and murder of 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson, became a suspect after media reports led Florida investigators to run a check of Hilton's license plate.

January 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Safe hiking: Trust your instincts

Outdoor recreation experts have been inundated with questions about trail safety ever since hiker Meredith Emerson was abducted and subsequently murdered in the Northeast Georgia mountains last week.

"Everyone's afraid now. Even myself," said David Foot, superintendent of Vogel State Park, where authorities and volunteers spent several days searching for Emerson. "This experience has been so intense for us here."

January 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Residential developments dominate Hall County’s agenda

More residential development is on the agenda for the Hall County Commission meeting today.

In December, the Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended for approval the roughly 1,507-acre Hagen Creek development plan that calls for 2,736 residential units, a school site and 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and office space in Lula.

January 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dyer is one of Georgia's top principals

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals has recognized Merrianne Dyer, principal of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, as one of its nine Distinguished Principals for 2008.

January 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Magazine says Gainesville is a good place to retire

In its January-February 2008 issue, Where to Retire magazine highlights Gainesville as one of eight towns in the U.S. that have low tax burdens on retirees.

January 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville gets ready for auction

Gainesville is cleaning out its closets.

As they do every year, officials from city departments are planning to auction off and donate their surplus property. Each department has taken inventory of its property and decided which assets have served the department beyond their use.

January 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hearings set for new World Languages Academy

GAINESVILLE - Public information hearings have been scheduled for the Hall County school system's planned new World Languages Academy.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police station could transform into hotel and office buildings

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville could earn at least $2 million if the City Council approves a proposed Midtown development.

January 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sheriff’s officials train to detain illegal immigrants

Hall County deputies will soon begin deportation proceedings for any person booked into the county jail who is determined to be in the country illegally.

Sheriff Steve Cronic said nine of his deputies began training today for the 287(g) program, a local-federal partnership that gives sheriff's officials new authority in enforcing immigration law.

January 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chambliss: Water talks on track

BUFORD - Standing on the shore at Lake Lanier Islands, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Tuesday the record low lake level can be blamed, in part, on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"They've not done a very good job of managing the water supply we've got," Chambliss said. "When I think back over the past few years, when I've seen situations come up where we had plenty of water, the management of the water was not done in the way it should have been."

January 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dawsonville Highway lanes open for your driving pleasure

The Georgia Department of Transportation crossed one big item off of its to-do list Tuesday with the opening of two new lanes on Dawsonville Highway.

January 20, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Early projects list shows Ga. 211 widening as top priority

A Norcross consultant helping to develop a long-range transportation plan for Gainesville-Hall County has ranked the widening of Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in South Hall as the area's No. 1 priority.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


High school students learn about careers

Local high school students took a break from the books Wednesday during a career success day to learn how to be successful in the world of work.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class aims to boost efficiency in spotting storms

Many people may underestimate their ability to save their neighbors with a single call.

October 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

The World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent's lucrative market.

October 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former Lanier Islands CID director dies in car wreck

A Roswell man who had worked to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has died.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville elementary evacuated due to kitchen fire

Gainesville Exploration Academy was evacuated Wednesday when some boiler equipment in the kitchen set off the fire alarm, Superintendent Wanda Creel said.

October 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


School bus involved in minor wreck

A school bus was involved in a wreck Wednesday morning with an SUV, according to Hall County school officials.

October 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Fla., Ga. again attacking each other in water wars

Both Florida and Georgia are again firing shots at each other in a 1-year-old water wars case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Public gets last chance to talk about education

A House committee investigating the federal government's role in education will hold its final public meeting Tuesday at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Eyes on the Road: Hearings set on Tumbling Circle abandonment

Public hearings on the proposed abandoning of a portion of right of way on Tumbling Circle have been set for Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.

October 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Subdivision moving forward despite resident concerns

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has recommended approval of an annexation and rezoning request that will allow for the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

October 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names new executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a nonprofit program serving the educational, physical and occupational needs of children with disabilities, recently announced Amy Gates as its new executive director.

October 14, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Phil Jackson remembered as great writer, character

For half a century, very little of note occurred on the Gainesville sports scene that wasn't described in detail by Phil Jackson.

October 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Braves photographer dies at age 97

October 14, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


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