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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


Hall County to start building boat ramp, ramp extensions soon

Hall County officials say they soon will begin construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp and build extensions for two others.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Grandma: Buses need cameras, but school officials say money is tight

Video cameras are strategically placed in the classrooms, hallways and school yards of Hall County schools.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


SNPA picks gainesvilletimes.com as top Web site

The Times' Web site, gainesvilletimes.com, has been selected as the top Web site in the South among newspapers its size by the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The Times also placed second in the SNPA category for Best Front Page. The contest included material published from August 2007 to this past August.

October 25, 2008 | By staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Storm sends residents scrambling for supplies

Power outages across Hall County sent residents scrambling Tuesday morning for generators, food and other essentials to make it through the storm's aftermath.

February 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Power outage leads to worry for those with oxygen tanks

As trasformers blew and iced-over trees fell on power lines, many worried about how to cook their food and stay warm.

February 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill and Nick Watson The Times | Local


NOTE TO READERS: Delivery issues expected due to weather

Due to the inclement weather, delivery of the print edition of The Times to some of our readers may be delayed Wednesday morning in order not to put our carriers at risk.

February 17, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


Ex-Vols linebacker, Gainesville grad A.J. Johnson surrenders to police

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson, a Gainesville High graduate, has turned himself in on a charge of aggravated rape.

February 17, 2015 | By Steve Megargee Associated Press | Local


Inmate captured after escaping work detail in Gainesville

A Fulton County inmate was captured Tuesday afternoon within three hours after walking away from his work detail in Hall County in the midst of widespread cleanup following the ice storm.

February 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


UNG event offers help with applying for financial aid

Parents who want help with getting financial aid for their children are invited to a free event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of North Georgia's Cumming campus.

February 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Jones resigns from elections board in Hall

Ann Jones, a longtime Flowery Branch resident, businesswoman and activist in Republican politics, resigned her seat last week on the new Hall County elections board because a bylaw prohibits her from engaging in political campaigns.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Odd couple: Longtime pasta eatery now serving barbecue as well

The smokehouse behind Pasquale's restaurant should be the first clue. Then, if you follow your nose, you'll find out quickly that more than pasta is on the menu.

February 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Initiative aims to rebuild image of manufacturing

All of Georgia's 932 public middle and high schools will soon be the first schools to join a national initiative encouraging careers in manufacturing.

February 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Roads, parks, fire top Gainesville SPLOST projects

Projects old and new top Gainesville's list of priorities as a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax looms.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Death sentence upheld in Lumpkin County strangling case

The Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the murder conviction and death sentence of a Lumpkin County man who strangled his former girlfriend in 2001.

February 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Family displaced by North Hall fire

A man and three children have been displaced after their North Hall home was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

February 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Thousands still without power from ice storm

An ice storm has knocked down trees in North Georgia, blocking roadways and knocking out power for tens of thousands while making travel conditions hazardous.

February 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Public safety, road concerns top Hall SPLOST priorities

When it comes to special purpose local option sales tax, Hall County government gets the lion's share of revenue, and that's no small matter.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood considers restricting parking in front yards

Oakwood wants front yards, not car graveyards, in its neighborhoods.

February 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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