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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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Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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