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Ponzi schemer Spell gets a dozen years in federal prison

A self-described "master of deceit" who bilked dozens of investors out of at least $16 million in the largest fraud in Hall County history was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.

August 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four lanes now open on Ga. 13 across I-985 in South Hall

Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall is now open to four lanes of travel - two lanes in each direction - between Frontage Road and Blackshear Place Baptist Church.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk in North Hall is county's 15th case this year

The Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control Department today confirmed the county's 15th rabies case of the year involving a skunk in North Hall.

The rabid skunk came in contact with three dogs Monday in the Green Drive area. The animal was shipped the next day to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur, where it was confirmed to be rabid.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bridge club members celebrate new location

The Lanierland Duplicate Bridge Club is holding a grand opening Sunday to celebrate its new building and introduce people to the game of bridge.

August 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal grants give boost to sidewalk plans

Thanks to $500,000 in promised federal funding, Gainesville's annual sidewalk expansion program has a leg to walk on around city schools.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New racetrack may be coming to Braselton

BRASELTON - Soon, Road Atlanta and Lanier National Speedway may not be the only places in Braselton to see a good car race.

August 19, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Most of Georgia's counties are 'distressed'

Dawson County's Local Option Sales-Tax collections are down by 20 percent; its planning and zoning fee revenues are down by 50 percent; officials cut more than $4 million out of the county budget; and commissioners are considering furlough days for county employees. But it's not economically distressed.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teen dies after Tuesday wreck

A 16-year-old girl involved in a multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday in Gainesville has died, a family member said.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch adopts new, 'cleaned up' alcohol ordinance

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to fuse together a series of older, alcohol beverage-related ordinances into one law.

August 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


One injured in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A Georgia State patrolman works the scene of a Dawsonville Highway wreck involving a passenger car and a tractor trailer blocking traffic in the westbound lanes Wednesday afternoon. Traffic in the westbound lanes was detoured to Jay Mountain Road to get past the scene. One person was injured, though not seriously, in the wreck, which happened at about 1:45 p.m near Deepwater Drive.

August 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Court documents: Spell stole $16 million, not $60 million

Wendell Spell is no Bernie Madoff, his lawyer says.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau's newest students move in

Some 300 new Brenau University students from across the country and around the world started moving onto campus Wednesday to get settled in before they start cracking the books on Monday.

August 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Officials want to consolidate Flowery Branch alcohol laws

Over the years, Flowery Branch passed an array of alcohol-related laws that, today, could be merged to form one document that, city officials hope, will be easier for the public to grasp and the city to administer.

August 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Seniors missing school tax break

A misunderstanding has left some Hall County seniors upset to learn they can no longer apply for a tax exemption.

August 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville mayor seeks input on annexation plans

Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras wants residents concerned about a proposed annexation of "island" properties to take their questions to the city's staff.

August 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Fire damages historic Hoschton depot

The historic Hoschton Depot sustained heavy fire damage early Friday morning and authorities believe the fire was deliberately set.

March 06, 2015 | By Leanne Akin The Paper of Hoschton | Local


Car plunges off Ga. 400 into Lake Lanier

March 06, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville Jaycees honor Young Woman, Man of the Year

A woman who has battled breast cancer three times and an active community servant were named Thursday night as the Gainesville Jaycees' 2015 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year recipients.

March 06, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hardman site near Helen opens to public

The stately mansion with Italianate architecture may seem a bit out of place amid the surrounding area's cow-filled pastures, country homes and stores.

March 06, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood plans hearing on restricting residential parking

A public hearing on a proposed Oakwood ordinance limiting parking in front of houses is scheduled for Monday.

March 05, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


UNG puts professor on leave, pursues termination

University of North Georgia professor Vicki McCard has been put on paid administrative leave as the university pursues termination following an incident earlier this year.

March 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank hosts lawyer luncheon for fundraiser kickoff

To Georgia Mountain Food Bank Executive Director Kay Blackstock, seeing is believing.

March 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State lawmakers pass versions of transportation, school takeover bills

ATLANTA - State lawmakers took a step forward Thursday on two major priorities for the legislative session.

March 05, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local




Chance of sleet today could lead to icy roads in morning

North Georgians nearly made it through a week without the threat of winter precipitation, but could see it in some areas tonight.

March 05, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


2014-2015 STAR Students and Teachers reception honors brightest

A future electrical engineering major and an Ivy League hopeful were named Wednesday as the area's top STAR students.

March 05, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chestatee students SOAR in performances

Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development students were talkative and excited Wednesday afternoon as they awaited the next acts at Day at the Museum.

March 05, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Badge & Bar: Suspect files for dismissal in West Avenue slaying

A Gainesville man recently severed from his co-defendant in a West Avenue shooting death case filed a motion to have two murder charges dismissed.

March 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch council loses 2 members back-to-back

Two Flowery Branch City Council members have resigned due to moving away from the South Hall city.

March 04, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


A break for lake owners: Hall County to target businesses for tax changes

Lakefront homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief this year.

March 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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