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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


Chambliss weighs in on presidential races

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' visit to Gainesville concluded long before the polls closed in New Hampshire Tuesday evening. The senator, however, said he was not surprised by last week's showing by his colleague, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

January 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commission chairman wants to explore combining county, city fire services

County commission Chairman Tom Oliver sparked discussion Monday with the county fire chief and other commissioners on merging Gainesville and Hall County fire departments.

"The challenge is we see an opportunity here to work with the city to make services a little more uniform to save some money ... and have quicker response times," Oliver said. "I think (the merger) will eliminate the duplication of services."

January 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospitals file suit, say rule change will cost them paying customers

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is among a group of 59 nonprofit hospitals that filed suit last week against the Georgia Department of Community Health, claiming that the agency illegally changed its certificate-of-need policy.

January 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Man pleads guilty to killing Gainesville woman

MINNEAPOLIS - A 25-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison with a chance for parole after admitting he killed a second woman in the Twin Cities and left her body in an abandoned car.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County looking to reduce employee pay periods

Hall County officials are looking to cut costs by reducing the number of pay periods for employees, but any change is now unlikely before January or February.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to ease growth at overflowing schools

Hall County Schools is planning to make some shifts in facilities and schools near capacity in the southern and eastern parts of the county.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Property owners complain about proposed tax hike in Oakwood

Oakwood property owners, including three from the same neighborhood, criticized a proposed 50 percent hike in the city's property tax rate Monday, saying they believe officials should have eased in increases rather than hit residents all at once.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall Middle gets all clear after bomb threat

Students at North Hall Middle School have returned to school after evacuating for a bomb threat.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Body of drowning victim found in lake

The drowning victim who fell in Lake Lanier early Sunday has been found.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Times phone voicemail system not working

The Times' phone voicemail system is down, meaning those who call the newspaper will not be able to leave any messages for employees.

September 22, 2014 | | Local


$1.8 million judgment awarded in fraud case

A Buford man accused in May 2013 of misappropriating money from elderly investors must repay $1.8 million, according to a judgment by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Tech seeks to expand campus

Lanier Technical College leaders are hoping to kill two birds with one stone when they apply to build a new allied health facility on the school's Oakwood campus.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Blood drive to honor former GHS student

Averi Lane would be a senior at Gainesville High School this year, had she not lost a long battle with cancer in April.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


High-end subdivision planned near Dawsonville Highway

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America's Home Place, is looking to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision along Lake Lanier.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NGMC takes steps to guard against Ebola

With heightened concerns about the Ebola virus spreading beyond West Africa, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about controlling the disease.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library’s annual book sale attracts a crowd

The Gainesville library was full of people Sunday as the Friends of the Hall County Library System's biggest annual book sale in years came to a close.

September 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


US Census reports states income drops to 5-year low in Hall

The median household income in Hall County is at its lowest level in five years and is below both the Georgia and national averages, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Hall schools to celebrate signing of US Constitution

Hall schools are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with patriotic contests and displays.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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