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Authorities probe possible connection in hiking case, N.C. presumed killing

ATLANTA - Authorities are exploring a possible link between the disappearance of a female hiker and the presumed killing of an elderly couple from North Carolina last October.

January 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


A perfect fit: Playhouse grants wish

Joshua Robbins was one of thousands of people who dropped a raffle ticket into a bucket outside several playhouses displayed on the Gainesville square at Mule Camp Market in October.

Local high school construction students spent months carefully crafting each playhouse to be raffled off to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and raised a total of $17,000 for the home-building agency.

January 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


County school officials rethink ‘block schedule’

GAINESVILLE - Hall County schools' teachers and administrators are looking at revising the "block schedule," with changes to come possibly as early as next school year.

The block schedule initially was put in place "to get kids to more courses, or at least the opportunity to take more courses," said Sally Krisel, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual service honors Confederate Lt. Gen. Longstreet

The life and death of Alta Vista Cemetery's most renowned figure was honored Sunday afternoon with a three-volley rifle salute by Confederate re-enactors.

January 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


ITBS scores hold or improve in Hall schools

Early results on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills show that Hall County students in second through eighth grades districtwide improved or stayed at the same level in five of six subject areas.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Search for missing hiker to be scaled back today

The Associated Press

January 18, 2008 | | Local


Forest Service may ban off-road vehicles from trails

Citing environmental concerns, officials with the Chattahoochee National Forest say they want to permanently close an area used by off-road vehicles.

January 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man dies in wreck after train collision

A Maysville man was killed Friday afternoon when his truck was struck by a train in Commerce.

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Modular home builder still battling Gainesville

GAINESVILLE -- Grant Smereczynsky is hoping the third time's the charm in his ongoing battle against the city of Gainesville.

January 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Teacher of the Year: Joel Aquino

OAKWOOD -- Joel Aquino spent years traveling the world with companies mining in exotic places, including a $13 billion gold and copper find in Laos.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Raising Young Minds: Gainesville, Hall top teachers

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education. Each teacher was asked to submit information about their jobs, as well as career and educational backgrounds. The following is based on information each one provided and from personal profiles on school Web sites:

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Teachers of year cultivate young minds

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education.

January 17, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


New school board members will be sworn in Monday

GAINESVILLE - A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Monday.

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff will swear in Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith at the beginning of the board's monthly work session, which begins at 5 p.m.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


More and more shore: Lanier cleanup goes on

It looked more like a dump than a lakeshore.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville Teacher of the Year: Dawn Barry

GAINESVILLE -- On the first week of school, Dawn Barry takes her kindergartners on a tour of the school with the help of Curious George.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Sinkhole repairs nearly done

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete today, depending on weather.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Circle area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with two dogs.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Trial date set for jailer accused of hitting inmate

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of striking a handcuffed inmate is scheduled for trial next week.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty to bludgeoning woman to death

ANOKA, Minn. - Speaking in a soft voice with his hands cuffed in front of him, a man accused of killing a Gainesville woman told a court how he came to know and eventually murder a Minnesota woman.

August 20, 2014 | By Sarah Horner Pioneer Press | Local


Storms leave frightened residents thankful damage was not worse

When the sky went black and wind kicked up, all Barbara Dunson could do was grab her dog, Max, and pray.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Sinkhole repairs may be complete Thursday

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete Thursday, depending on weather.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Candidates for Ga. superintendent debate standards

August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Young at heart: Group takes plunge down zip line

At the sprightly age of 83, Claude Schneider dismisses the suggestion that he's experiencing his midlife crisis.

August 20, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Universities not immune to religious controversy

The issue of religion in schools doesn't end with the 12th grade. Public universities also have to tread carefully when it comes to expressions of faith.

August 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Suspect faces additional charges in shooting of 2 women

The Gainesville man charged in the shooting of two women Friday at Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville is now facing additional charges in the incident.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault related to the attack on Sheena Mattox and Angelene Hall, who were both believed to have been shot in the upper torso. They were shot outside the apartment complex near the First Congregational Holiness Church.

August 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State GOP responds to racial discrimination suit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman, John Padgett, filed their response Tuesday in the racial discrimination suit filed by a Gainesville woman.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project

Gainesville hopes to restart efforts to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

August 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Storm doesn’t mar Brenau’s 1st day

Damage from a Monday afternoon storm won't affect the first day of school at Brenau University, but students can expect to see some other changes as they begin the school year today.

August 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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