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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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Georgia’s religious freedom bill creates a divide

Is it license to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or is it about protecting the interests of religious beliefs?

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Retroactive change in grad tests called ‘a life-changer’

Former students who met graduation requirements but did not pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test now can petition for their diploma.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday

It's time to clean up our mess.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hear proposals on budget Thursday

The Gainesville City Council will continue hearing departmental accomplishments, goals and budget priorities for the next fiscal year when it meets for a work session Thursday morning.

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services get new gear for busy lake season

Before millions of people flock to Lake Lanier this summer, Hall County Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black knew the county's marine rescue team needed reinforcement.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


ER services at new Braselton hospital will help speed response

Making sure that Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's opening syncs with Hall County's emergency services has been anything but an afterthought in the new hospital's overall planning efforts, officials say.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics executive director plans to retire

For Cheryl Christian, retiring was all about timing.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities work to solve mystery of skeletal remains found in Flowery Branch

A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch and law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.

March 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


GBI: 3-year-old killed from accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound

A 3-year-old died Sunday after unintentionally firing a handgun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Monday.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Big crowd expected at job fair in Forsyth County

March 30, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Normally, people only go to the hospital if they have to.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

March 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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