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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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Equipment catches fire, damages Athens Street business

No one was injured when equipment being repaired caught fire Monday and damaged an Athens Street business in Gainesville, according to Hall County Fire Services.

December 01, 2014 | | Local


Maine lawyer to oversee ‘water wars’ suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Portland, Maine, lawyer to oversee a Florida lawsuit alleging Georgia's water consumption has drained flows into the Apalachicola Bay, home of Florida's oyster industry.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Love Light shining again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A green tree glows in sparkling white once again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Riders give strong feedback on Gainesville transit changes

Routes were one thing, but Gainesville Connection destinations also got a small group excited.

December 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall planning commission approves rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The Hall County Planning Commission voted Monday in favor of a rezoning request brought by Brenau University for a new athletic complex.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man rescues young son as fire burns home

When Robert Elliott saw the smoke, he rushed upstairs to grab his almost 5-year-old son Mason, the walls quickly melting around him.

December 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board lists its priorities for legislators

Gainesville City Schools has a list of issues it wants its legislators to consider.

December 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visiting Christmas tree farms becomes family tradition

Kathy Cooper's son Tyler leaves for the mountains about 6 a.m. to cut down trees.

November 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Firefighters battling fire at Arbor Point home

Hall County firefighters late tonight are battling a residential fire in the 6500 block of Arbor Point in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia Democrats debate future after ‘14 losses

ATLANTA - If Democrats want to win statewide in Georgia, they'll need to start now by reaching out to key constituencies and dedicating more money and resources to building up a network of grass-roots supporters.

November 30, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Career Coach to visit area food bank

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans to visit the Good Samaritan Food Bank from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 8 and 12 at 1220 McEver Road in Gainesville.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville School board to consider disease policies

The Gainesville City Board of Education will have a board work session Monday at 4 p.m. at the central office.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Anonymous donor gives $50,000 for Brenau scholarships

An anonymous donor recently pledged $50,000 toward a new financial assistance fund for Brenau University undergraduate and graduate students.

November 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area Rotary clubs working on public safety monument

A monument set for unveiling next spring is being dedicated to public safety officials across Gainesville and Hall County.

November 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Surf for deals on Cyber Monday

You made it through the throngs of Black Friday, dropped a little coin on local shops for Small Business Saturday and rested up during Turkey Leftover Sunday.

November 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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