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Bestselling Afghan author draws crowd at Brenau event

International bestselling author Khaled Hosseini graced the stage of Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium Thursday evening to the delight of a sold-out audience.

Hosseini, who penned "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," engaged in a candid conversation with a Brenau graduate about Afghanistan's past and future, drawing the largest crowd in Brenau history, said Ed Schrader, president of Brenau University.

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A monster mash for sons and their mummies

It's not every day that friendly witches and Superman gather around the dinner table to share a meal of macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and peanut butter and chocolate pie.

October 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grant would speed Hall's career-oriented education goals

Leaders of the Hall County school system and Lanier Technical College are hoping a $3.2 million grant will put local high schools on the fast track to providing a more modern career-oriented education for Hall County students.

Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools, traveled to Atlanta Thursday with Mike Moye, president of Lanier Technical College, to pitch a joint grant proposal to leaders of the Technical College System of Georgia. Schofield and Moye are competing against nine other K-12 school system and technical college partnerships statewide that also made it to the final round for five $3.2 ...

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Death penalty case will go forward without mental evaluation

The mental competency of Allan Robert Dickie to stand trial in his death penalty case won't be an issue - at least for now.

Dickie, following the advice of his attorney, refused to participate in a court-ordered psychological evaluation at the Hall County jail, according to a letter to Superior Court Judge Jason Deal written by the head of forensic services for Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.

October 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Buford man gets prison for odometer scam

It's one of the oldest scams in the auto business: rolling back the mileage on a car's odometer.

October 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville schools name Dyer new superintendent

The Gainesville school board has unanimously named Merrianne Dyer its permanent new superintendent.

Dyer, who has served as interim superintendent since Steven Ballowe was fired from the post July 3, became the school system's superintendent at a called school board meeting at 8 a.m. Friday. The board promoted Dyer from her position as Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School principal and appointed her to the interim superintendent position on July 15.

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Whit Powell named to tax assessors' board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners named a fifth member to the board of tax assessors at its meeting Thursday.

Commissioner Billy Powell selected Whit Powell to replace former chief assessor Emory Martin, who resigned last week after District Attorney Lee Darragh and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations closed investigations into some of his actions while on the board.

October 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pedestrian killed on Ga. 60 in Murrayville

A pedestrian was killed while crossing Ga. 60 at the Fieldale Farms Murrayville plant late Wednesday, authorities said.

October 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard times a boon for the library

For the past week, 25-year-old Travis Loyd has been spending his afternoons at the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library.

October 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rabies cases keep coming: 39 so far in Hall

Hall County's rabies epidemic shows no signs of abating. The number of cases reported this year has now reached 39.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


University System of Georgia cuts money for health care

More than 11,000 University System of Georgia employees are reconsidering their top-notch health care plans now that the Board of Regents has pulled $20 million from the system's health insurance program.

The move was part of the Board of Regent's decision to approve a $136 million budget cut for the state's 35 colleges and universities. To cut back on spending, the Board of Regents opted for university system employees who are covered by the indemnity insurance plan, the system's priciest yet most extensive plan, to shoulder more of their own health care costs.

October 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school bus driver allegedly stole cash during field trip

A Hall County school bus driver was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly went through the purse of a school administrator and stole cash while the administrator was with students on a field trip, police and school officials said.

Sandra Lynn Pace, 51, of Jefferson was charged with theft by taking, Gainesville police Lt. Brian Kelly said Wednesday. The arrest happened at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday outside Stork Gamco, an Airport Parkway manufacturer of poultry processing machinery.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The Blue Sky Concert Series brings families, friends outside to Gainesville’s downtown square

The air was cool, the leaves were starting to turn and the weather was perfect for an afternoon of music on the square.

People young and old came out Wednesday to see the band Riverside play as part of the Blue Sky Concert Series and enjoy the autumn day on the square in downtown Gainesville.

October 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Some sheriff’s workers take unpaid time off by the hour

When Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was faced with a county mandate to furlough all 480 of his employees for one day a month, he looked around for other law enforcement agencies in the state that faced the same challenge.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marina’s 'fall festival' event to benefit businesswoman in battling cancer

Business leaders all around Lake Lanier are pulling together to help one of their own.

A fundraiser is scheduled Saturday at Aqualand Marina to benefit Lesli Smith, a local real estate agent and co-owner of Lake Lanier Lodges Log Cabin and Boat Rentals.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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On-the-job training coming to Cornelia

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission-Workforce Development is bringing on-the-job training to Cornelia next week.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Power restored after wreck causes outage Tuesday

Power was restored to thousands of customers who were left without electricity when a car hit a power pole just before 3 p.m. according to Jackson EMC.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man

A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

April 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Victims remembered at event

Two brothers, Jake Prince, 9, and Griffin Prince, 13, who were killed in a 2012 boat wreck were remembered Tuesday at a Victims' Rights Week event in Kenyon Plaza outside the Hall County Courthouse in Gainesville.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Spring’s arrival heralds progress on road work

With spring's arrival comes road work.

April 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Developer moving ahead on proposed apartments

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to recommend approving development of a 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex on a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street, across from the city's Public Safety Complex.

April 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County stays beautiful with Great American Cleanup

Volunteers will hit several areas of Hall County on Saturday as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

April 09, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Crash cuts power for thousands in S. Hall

Power was restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of customers who were left without power when a car collided with a power pole, according to Jackson EMC.

April 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Department of Labor to help Magnolia fill jobs in Baldwin

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Magnolia Windows and Doors fill a number of manufacturing jobs from 2-5 p.m. April 17 at 1000 Pyratich Drive in Baldwin.

April 08, 2014 | | Local


Sunny skies to return to area

Almost 3.5 inches of rain was recorded Monday at the National Weather Service's station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

April 08, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear last of budget presentations

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear the last of the departmental budget presentations for the coming 2015 fiscal year.

April 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Student, golfer Smith dies at 17

Averi Smith's motto was "No tears, all smiles."

April 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


University’s 3-D printer helps children with disabilities

Nicolas Holbert rode Chaco around the stable enclosure, circle after circle, as physical therapy students held onto him on each side to keep his head stable.

April 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


King’s Hawaiian to add 450 jobs

The smell of dinner rolls wafting over Oakwood is about to grow stronger as King's Hawaiian plans to expand its production facilities and hire 450 new employees over the next two years.

April 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Governor reports $3.9M in cash for re-election bid

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal reported $3.9 million in cash for his re-election bid on Monday, after raising about $84,000 in 11 days after the legislative session ended.

April 07, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


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