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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


Gainesville Marine's open heart gives Iraqi girl chance at a future

Pink fingers, toes and lips.

February 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Take 14 teens, and what do you get? A new house for Habitat for Humanity

Most afternoons, a group of 14 Hall County high school students will not be found in the classroom. But they are still nailing their grades.

February 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Newton County educator will be North Hall High's new principal

North Hall High School has a new principal, Newton County High School principal Joe Gheesling.

February 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Helen fire chief's arrest puts him at odds with White County sheriff

The White County sheriff and Helen's fire chief remain locked in a bizarre standoff after the sheriff ordered the fire chief arrested two weeks ago. Each official points to the same Georgia law to claim he is right.

February 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Document shredding event slated for Friday

The Times and Document Destruction Services will combine for a document shredding event Friday to benefit Hall County Relay for Life.

April 06, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The changing face of Brenau: University to celebrate 135 years with new buildings

Brenau University President Ed Schrader is marking off the days until the end of the school year.

April 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Attorney, advocate for indigent defense, to receive statewide award

In 2003, a battle brewed in Georgia's legislature over the creation of a statewide indigent defense system.

April 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville considers allowing digital billboards

The city of Gainesville is considering allowing digital billboards to be erected within the city limits, but concerns remain about how distracting such electronic signs might be to drivers.

April 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group moves forward on water study, albeit in secret

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders soldiers on, but behind closed doors.

April 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2014 Masters in Teaching

On Tuesday, the sixth annual Masters in Teaching program at Featherbone Communiversity honored nine local

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Expo pushes youth health, safety tips

Saturday's second annual Children and Youth Health and Safety Expo at the Academies of Discovery Gym in Oakwood featured safety tips from organizations like American Red Cross, Expanded Food And Nutrition Education Program and Hall County Fire Services.

April 05, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Apartments proposed off Queen City Parkway

A 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex is proposed for a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street across from the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man reappointed to state civil rights board

Gainesville resident Justin Pressley has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Georgia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Morning wreck on I-985 causes backed up traffic

No one was seriously hurt in a morning wreck on Interstate 985 that resulted in snarled traffic and charges for one driver.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Belk plans annual spring charity sale

Belk's Spring Charity Sale lets customers support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Absentee ballots go in the mail for May 20 primary

Hall County has begun mailing the first batch of absentee ballots for the May 20 primary election.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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