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Jackson County teen pleads guilty in school bomb scare

JEFFERSON ­-- The teenager accused of bringing a homemade bomb to Jackson County Comprehensive High faces sentencing Feb. 14 after he pleaded guilty Friday morning.

February 12, 2008 | By Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


GMS principal resigns to take Gilmer post

GAINESVILLE - Lisa Smith, principal of the Classical Studies Academy at Gainesville Middle School, is headed to Gilmer County in North Georgia as systemwide math specialist.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lowndes County arrests may be linked to Gainesville Jewelry heist

Four burglars stole more than $200,000 in merchandise from Gainesville Jewelry on Jesse Jewell Parkway early Thursday morning and Gainesville police are investigating a possible connection with three men caught with an estimated $250,000 worth of jewelry Lowndes County.

February 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plea deal key to quick resolution in Hilton case

In a judicial system where murder cases routinely can take years to resolve, the speed with which Gary Michael Hilton's case was closed out left court observers and law enforcement officials in awe.

"Wow," said Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton, when told Thursday that a guilty plea was imminent. "That's almost unprecedented."

February 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Parents hope wider road eases traffic at Centennial Arts Academy

Parents soon may not spend as much time sitting in their cars in the student pickup and drop-off lines at Centennial Arts Academy.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Driver sentenced to 12 years in prison after wreck that severely injured two

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week after being convicted of severely injuring two people when he caused a wreck while under the influence of methamphetamine.

February 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Army says updating water plan for Lake Lanier will take three years

The secretary of the Army has told U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., that updating the water control plans and manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin will be a three-year process.

February 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Director: Give golf course a chance

GAINESVILLE - The director of golf for Gainesville's municipal golf course assured City Council members the money they are investing in the Chattahoochee Golf Course is not going down the hole.

February 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Girl helped by local Marine leaves hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Two-year-old Amenah, an Iraqi girl with a complex heart defect, left the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Friday. She will spend the next 10 days with a host family in suburban Nashville before returning for open heart surgery.

The young girl's plight was brought to light by Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville, who is serving his third tour in Iraq. Jarrard and others arranged for the girl to get the badly needed surgery at Vanderbilt.

February 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Home invasion spurs three-hour chase

OAKWOOD - The plan was foiled by an 11-year-old boy's quick thinking.

Police said they believe Wayne Adam Shaw, 18, and Jose Luis Bautista-Osorio, 26, both of Gainesville, had targeted the house in the 2000 block of Leland Road in South Hall for a gang-related burglary.

February 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child says design us a T-shirt, and you might win $100

Challenged Child and Friends is holding an art contest to determine the T-shirt design for its 16th Annual 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drug sting nets fifth soldier affiliated with Dahlonega camp

A fifth Army soldier who was stationed at Dahlonega's Camp Frank D. Merrill was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal drug conspiracy investigation.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fair Street gets money for garden

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a Toolbox for Education grant to Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School for the development of a "Reading Garden" outside the media center.

February 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Golf growth on the downswing, course pro tells council

GAINESVILLE -- Gainesville City Council members discussed the future of the Chattahoochee Golf Course this morning at their regular work session.

February 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hilton sentenced to life for murder of Meredith Emerson

DAWSONVILLE - Gary Michael Hilton avoided the possibility of execution with a guilty plea Thursday, but the parents of the young woman he abducted and killed are satisfied that he will "slowly rot" in prison.

February 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Gainesville doctor part of group battling Ebola

A Gainesville physician is doing his part to free the Ebola virus' deadly grip on his native Sierra Leone, and he is hoping the hard work of a group he belongs to will pay off soon.

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State lawmakers press forward on medical cannabis

November 16, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Rooster’s Perch opens new downtown location

Last weekend, The Rooster's Perch, a local meeting place for people with and without disabilities, opened the doors to a brand-new central location at 210 Bradford St. in Gainesville with hopes of growth for its patrons and the community.

November 16, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Class Notes: Dyer named to UGA College of Education Board of Visitors

Merrianne Dyer, former Gainesville City Schools superintendent, was recently named to the University of Georgia College of Education's inaugural Board of Visitors.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Private company to operate dorms at UNG

Students residing on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus may notice changes over the next year.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Republicans select elections board appointees

The Hall County Republican Party has selected its appointments to the new elections board that will launch Jan. 1.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville consulting company moves into renovated gas station

The former Lee's Pure Oil Service Station has been renovated and set up as a new corporate headquarters.

November 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Troubling cases lead to attrition on Sheriff’s Office staff

While significant attrition at the Hall County Sheriff's Office over the last two years has largely been filled by new hires, recent staffing shortages in the patrol division have prompted a new directive subjecting officers to 24-hour availability.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Center for Nonprofits raises money for local organizations

Nonprofit organizations across Georgia were the real winners Thursday as the third annual Georgia Gives Day saw another increase in donations from the inaugural event in 2012.

November 16, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


City hopes to restore Flat Creek's water quality, appearance

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Library seeks public’s help with historical photos

A woman in a floral-print sheath dress pinned a "Jimmy Carter for Governor" poster on a bulletin board.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Recent Juvenile Court appointments raise questions

In a year's time, decades of experience in Hall County Juvenile Court have been lost.

November 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Growth could max out Gainesville High School

As the recession declines, the housing market improves and area schools scramble to make room for students in their halls.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A new home for the law in South Hall

With the snip of a ribbon, the Hall County Sheriff's Office has a permanent presence in the South Hall area.

November 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Give thanks and food during the holidays

November 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


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