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Hall deputies search for escaped inmate

The Hall County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating why jail officials failed to realize an inmate of the Hall County Jail had escaped until 24 hours after the inmate went missing.

Police believe 24-year-old Obiel Pineda-Pardo escaped when he was allowed to take out the trash around 7 a.m. Friday, but he was not reported missing until after a Saturday morning head count.

January 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


'We're still marching to keep a dream alive'

To many, Monday was much more than a day off.

January 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local residents join in national day of service

Bundled up against the cold and armed with trash bags and a shovel, Tiffany Potter and her two children headed to Wauka Mountain Elementary School on Monday for a day of community service.

January 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local




Jackson County schools delay white boards to stay in the black

JEFFERSON - When Gum Springs Elementary School opened in 2008, teachers had access to some of the latest instructional technology in their classrooms.

January 18, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Pre-K students make pen pals nationwide

JEFFERSON - Without ever leaving their classroom, the pre-kindergarten students at Jefferson Elementary School have made friends with other students around the United States.

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cornelia fills streets to honor King’s memory

CORNELIA - More than 100 people walked along downtown streets Sunday as part of an annual peace march in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


You better bundle up — again

Get ready for a second round of cold to hit tonight and early Tuesday morning as an Alberta clipper blows into town.

January 18, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


‘Living the dream’

WASHINGTON - Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. bellowed his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent," Americans are celebrating King's dream with renewed vigor on the eve of the inauguration of the nation's first black president.

January 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To celiac disease sufferers, gluten is the evil ingredient

A growing number of supermarkets have created special sections for gluten-free foods, leading some shoppers to wonder: What the heck is gluten, and why would you want to be free of it?

January 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Boy Scout Troop 228 builds hut, weathers economy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Boys Scout Troop 228 in Flowery Branch is getting a life lesson in roughing it through a deep recession.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State gives counties the option to expand classroom sizes

Schools across the state may start adding desks to classrooms, now that the state board of education has approved a measure to increase class sizes in Georgia schools.

January 18, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson firefighters are a ‘special breed’

JEFFERSON - If someone offered you $1,000 to run into a burning building, would you take it?

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ham radio hobby still popular in Internet age

Nine-year-old Marcus Shockley is among the next generation of ham radio operators growing up in an age of Internet and wireless text messaging.

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall law authorities on hunt for Spell

Where in the world is Wendell Spell?

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Schools consider bus partnership with Gainesville Connection

Ashley Bell wants to improve student achievement in Gainesville schools, and he thinks the local bus system can help.

October 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: Applications open for Hall charter schools, programs of choice

The application process for programs of choice and charter schools in Hall County is now open for high school and middle school.

October 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Memorial event recognizes the loss of a child

Families and friends who have lost a child may remember their little one in a candlelight ceremony this week.

October 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Ahaluna Heights residents ready to challenge proposed development

Residents of the Ahaluna Heights Neighborhood Association are ready to voice their concerns over plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, when the planning and appeals board meets Tuesday.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tight battle looms for open Senate seat

When Republican Saxby Chambliss announced last year that he would not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, a long list of GOP candidates began lining up to succeed him.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. Senate

Michelle Nunn

October 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Number of uninsured in Hall County is dropping

The number of uninsured Hall County residents has dropped to its second-lowest level in five years, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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