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IRS gives Ponzi scheme victims a tax break

The Internal Revenue Service has given victims of criminal fraud an opportunity to claim most of their losses on this year's tax return.

April 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Maypole wrapped for 130th year at Brenau

For the "Golden Girls" of Brenau University Women's College class of 1959, Saturday's traditional May Day festivities brought back memories of a much different time.

April 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Minor Braves are major fun

It was a beautiful spring night for baseball Friday in Gwinnett County, yet the hometown Atlanta Braves were playing 500 miles away in Pittsburgh.

April 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Mass shootings are a law enforcement nightmare, but officials are ready

There's only so much you can prepare for a rampage.

April 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Business closure picture incomplete for Gainesville

Debbie Jones' city marshals are the unofficial talliers of failed businesses in Gainesville.

April 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Blackwood: Remembering Hall’s gentleman banker, deal maker

Ray McRae was a courtly Southern gentleman. He gave his nod to business deals that ranged from a mom and pop grocery store to a company that made engines for missiles used to run Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

April 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall humane society's Stray Pet Strut set for Sunday

Lake Lanier Islands is going to the dogs, at least for a few hours this weekend.

April 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Chattahoochee Golf Course lures pro back to Gainesville

Chattahoochee Golf Course is what brought Rodger Hogan to Gainesville in the 1980s, and it is what kept him here 20 years later.

April 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Band of artists splashes color for Green Street parks

Area artists have settled in for two days of painting at the new Gardens on Green, next to the Hall County Board of Education building on Green Street in Gainesville.

April 17, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Jefferson High School history team to compete at state

A group of amateur documentarians are giving iconic filmmaker Ken Burns a run for his money.

April 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Area business women celebrate 10 years of annual award

The American Business Women's Association has scheduled its 10th annual Business Woman of the Year Luncheon for Wednesday.

April 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suwanee company teams with Georgia Mountain Food Bank

SUWANEE - Ingersoll Rand Steelcraft in Suwanee is organizing in a food drive to benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, based in Hall County.

Collections end on Friday.

April 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville titan Ray McRae dies at age 85

J.M. "Ray" McRae, one of Hall County's most powerful business figures of the past century, died late Thursday night following a brief illness. He was 85.

McRae, who came to Gainesville in 1953, is remembered as the consummate deal maker. McRae was the key player in recruiting a number of industries, including Wrigley's and Rockwell International, which manufactured engines for the Tomahawk missile.

April 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hospital pays tribute to donors

It's been a long time coming, but the new North Patient Tower at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center officially is complete.

April 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth arson suspect transferred to Hall County

A missing arson suspect who turned up last week in a Northeast Georgia hospital has been transferred to medical isolation at the jail in Hall County.

April 16, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


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The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation

The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

April 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US 129 passing lane changing to turn lane Tuesday

Ga. 11/U.S. 129 is scheduled for a face-lift Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication

Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Superintendent clarifies how parents can refuse Georgia Milestones test for children

With the contested testing set to begin Wednesday, Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield further clarified how parents may refuse the Georgia Milestones exam for their children at Monday night's school board meeting at Flowery Branch High School.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents, faculty take up redistricting for South Hall elementary schools

The latter half of the Hall County school board meeting Monday night at Flowery Branch High School focused on where the lines will be made regarding elementary schools in the southern part of the district.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board hears concerns about Vickery’s treatment

The Gainesville City School Board meeting Monday had a larger-than-average crowd, when a number of residents came to express support for Wayne Vickery.

April 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia expanding to Blue Ridge

The University of North Georgia plans to open an instructional site in Blue Ridge this fall.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Banks County deputy injured in hit-and-run

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bird researcher alarms UNG campus with unusual attire

To University of North Georgia students at the Dahlonega campus, fear not: Someone in a Ronald Reagan mask lurking in the bushes is simply a professor doing research about birds.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Severe storms bring possibility of tornadoes

Hall County and much of Northeast Georgia is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Outreach Center plans rally to raise awareness of veteran suicides

The North Georgia Veteran's Outreach Center will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in the downtown Gainesville square to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Supreme Court upholds Hall man’s murder conviction

All of the Georgia Supreme Court justices ruled to uphold a Hall County man's murder conviction and life sentence, which stem from a 2008 shooting.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Commercial land sees biggest increase in tax valuations this year

Hall County has now mailed residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture property tax assessments, but most land and building owners will not see any change in valuation this year.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Party rental space, mobile home relocation on planning committee agenda

With restaurants, auto mechanics and small retail shops - among many others - already operating along Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, the busy thoroughfare crossing between predominantly Latino neighborhoods is one of the most diverse business districts in all of Hall County.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boat titles bill never advanced in 2015 General Assembly

A bill requiring boat titles never left the Georgia House in the recently ended legislative session, but the issue won't drop off the radar for lake advocates.

April 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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