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2-year-old Iraqi girl improves following surgery

A 2-year-old Iraqi girl who underwent open-heart surgery Monday has shown improvement in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

Amenah Al-Bayati, whose life-threatening plight drew the attention of a Gainesville Marine, has been removed from a ventilator and continues her recovery in an intensive care unit.

February 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville planning board backs rezoning bid for industrial park

GAINESVILLE - The president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce told Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board the city needs more industrial park space because more industrial park space means more jobs for the community.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gives bulk of assets to Humane Society

Henrietta Wilson was a woman of modest means. She lived a quiet life in North Hall, restricted by a disability, and didn't have much social interaction with people.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pilot car to be used during Ga. 136 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation Monday began resurfacing parts of Ga. 136 from Ga. 400 in Dawson County to Ga. 60 in Hall County.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hilton made plans for dog as part of plea deal

Authorities say the drifter who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson made plans for his dog's future as part of his plea agreement.

Dandy, the reddish golden retriever that belonged to 61-year-old Gary Michael Hilton, has been adopted into a new home. The Northern Judicial Public Defender, H. Bradford Morris, says Hilton was concerned that his dog have a good home.

February 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Living history: War veterans meet with students from Gainesville Middle School

GAINESVILLE - They brought old photographs and memorabilia. One veteran brought a model of the bomber he flew during World War II. But most of all, the veterans brought memories of their time spent in the military, during war and peace.

"We need to let these kids know what it was like back when," said Van Peeples, a second-class petty officer during the Vietnam War era. "There was a time when people were actually drafted."

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students, teachers face off in dodgeball

It's not every day that an eighth-grader gets the chance to peg his science teacher with a big white ball; although, he might imagine it on a daily basis.

But that's the scenario 11 faculty members at Chestatee Middle School arranged Tuesday afternoon in the form of a student versus faculty dodgeball game. Nearly 250 Chestatee Middle School students filled the school gym stands to watch the competition between 60 student players and Team Ocho, the Chestatee Middle School faculty team comprised of math, science and English teachers.

February 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Teens ‘have a lot to tell’ to anti-drug group

"Just say no" just won't cut it anymore.

As Hall County volunteers met Tuesday to talk about attacking the problem of teen drug use, several said the simplistic 1980s-era slogan is not enough in the age of text messaging and YouTube.

February 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau receives $200,000 from Regions

Regions Financial Corp. has donated $200,000 to Brenau University, with one of its executives saying that women's business education is central to the company's charitable giving programs.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson, Forsyth schools pull possibly tainted meat from menus

Jackson and Forsyth county school systems are among Georgia school districts that have been ordered to stop serving beef supplied by a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for mistreating animals.

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries could fall in Hall tonight

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County area can expect snow flurries tonight, but nothing more, the National Weather Service is reporting.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall considers increasing landfill fees, landscaping interstate exits

County commissioners discussed funding the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Centennial Gateway Initiative and the possibility of increasing county landfill rates from $34.50 per ton to $40 per ton at Monday's work session.

Vice Commissioner Steve Gailey said the proposed hike comes after an eight-year period in which landfill rates remained constant, and the rate increase is needed to bring Hall County landfill rates up to market standards in surrounding counties.

February 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Toccoa Falls dorm set for August completion

Toccoa Falls College is building a $500,000 dormitory that is set to finished by August.

February 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Rotary Club honors man, woman of the year

A woman who was instrumental in the additional use of Hall County's Olympic Rowing venue and a longtime business and civic leader were honored Monday night as the Rotary Club of Gainesville's Man and Woman of the Year.

Connie Hagler, who stepped down as executive director of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club in October after working with the club for more than 10 years, was honored as Woman of the Year.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Authorities seek escaped diversion center inmate

GAINESVILLE -An inmate escaped from the Gainesville Diversion Center this morning after kicking out the window of his room.

An escape warrant has been issued for James Dale Amos, 37, who was serving time in the minimum-security facility for charges of aggravated assault, first-degree criminal damage and possession of Xanax and methamphetamines in Cherokee County, according to Susan Phillips, director of public affairs for the state's Department of Corrections.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Gainesville man charged with shooting, wounding girlfriend

Authorities said they believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend Wednesday morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reimbursed for firetruck involved in July training accident

Sutphen, the manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters, has now reimbursed the county for the purchase cost of the truck and taken possession of the rig, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with county officials.

November 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities say man shot girlfriend in the forehead

Authorities believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend this morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want more discussion before OK’ing road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked this morning at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tractor-trailer accident snarls traffic on I-985

An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks has mangled the morning commute on Interstate 985.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Good News at Noon blesses new property

To the sounds of "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," Gainesville homeless shelter and ministry Good News at Noon blessed its new property Tuesday evening on Davis Street.

November 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Elected leaders to weigh in on road priority list

A group of top Hall County elected leaders gets its chance to weigh in on a preliminary list of road projects in a long-range transportation plan.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board denies Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle drive-thru

BY JOSHUA SILAVENT

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area schools celebrate veterans

Area students and teachers were decked out in red, white and blue Tuesday as schools commemorated the Veterans Day holiday.

November 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Passenger in Oct. plane crash dies after hospitalization

The passenger in an Oct. 16 plane crash just outside Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport died Monday night, according to multiple sources.

November 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local ceremonies honor veterans’ sacrifices

Tuesday was a day for tributes, tears and - in the case of one Veterans Day ceremony - some serious toe-tapping.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Area honors military service on Veterans Day

Ron Kellner's appreciation for Veterans Day began long before he served in the U.S. military or helped lead - as he is today - a Veterans Day program for the American Legion.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rehabilitated dogs traveling north to new homes

As Amber Highfield opened the crate, two tiny paws jumped up and pulled on her heartstrings.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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