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Ponzi scheme price: $60M stolen from 50; guilty man faces up to 20 years

The staggering scope of the largest fraud case in Hall County history was revealed in federal court Monday, where Wendell Ray Spell admitted to defrauding at least 50 people of more than $60 million in a Ponzi scheme.

March 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job, children keep Hall County clerk busy

Hall County's clerk has a lot on her plate.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Healthy Monday: 'Observation' could decide whether patient's stuck with entire tab

"He was admitted to the hospital for observation." You've heard that phrase plenty of times. But what does it really mean?

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson schools face making improvements despite low revenues

Even in the face of state budget cuts, area school systems still have to educate students.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grady Young Foundation declares weekend successful

Some golfers didn't want to leave the Chattahoochee Golf Course, the weather was so good.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Trout season begins Saturday

HELEN - Tom Query has Saturday circled on his calendar.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics needs donations

Diminished by the recession, nonprofit foundations aren't able to donate to charitable causes as much as they used to.

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Women's Civic Club aims to update Hoschton's welcome signs

HOSCHTON - The two "Welcome to Hoschton" signs that greet visitors entering the city via Ga. 53 will soon get a face-lift, compliments of the Hoschton Women's Civic Club.

The signs, which the club erected in 1998, will be replaced by two wooden signs that celebrate the "old and new" in Hoschton.

March 22, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


New Riverside Military commander is a 'great gentleman'

A new era begins at Riverside Military Academy this June once Col. James Benson assumes the role of academy president.

March 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hundreds of volunteers tackle 60 projects countywide

Saturday was a great day for service.

March 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Is Hall County ready for organic?

Tim Mathias has eaten $300,000 worth of food in three years - or at least the cost of it.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longstreet faithful gather to tidy hotel

Members of the Longstreet Society gathered Saturday morning at the historical Piedmont Hotel to help clean, rake and mow around the hotel once owned by one of Gainesville's most famous residents, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.

March 21, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Jefferson schools discuss applying for charter status

To transition or not to transition to a charter system - that is the question on the minds of members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education and system staff.

March 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


State looks into HOV toll on I-85

Commuters with deep pockets may someday get a ticket to ride in the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 85.

March 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Three years after brutal farmhouse murders, trio of suspects await trial

Three years have passed since David Hannah got an early-morning call from a nurse telling him his daughter had been shot.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mother-son bonding Saturday required two-by-fours, power tools and an early jump on the morning.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State graduation rates low for 2-year degrees

In Georgia, about two-thirds of new full-time students seeking bachelor's degrees will graduate on time, but for associate degrees, fewer than a quarter will graduate under the same criteria, according to Complete College America.

October 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville's Midtown Greenway was full of laughter, music and fun Saturday when Trick or Treat on the Trail took over the half-mile loop.

October 25, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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