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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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Louis Smith picked to lead Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A hospital executive from Texas has been named president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch’s Tarik Jalil wins trip to Super Bowl

Tarik Jalil has got a smile to light up a room.

January 28, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Relay for Life moving to new home at UNG

The organization that moves to end cancer is now making a move of its own.

January 28, 2015 | | Local


House transportation plan would replace fuel sales tax with excise tax

Georgia House leaders have announced a plan they say funnels $1 billion toward the state's transportation needs.

January 28, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Wal-Mart opens 2 new grocery stores in Gainesville

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened two stores in Gainesville Wednesday to cheerleaders, high school bands and jazz musicians.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: New DOT official concentrates on upcoming hurdles

The appointment of Russell McMurry as Georgia's roads chief turned a few heads last week.

January 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers needed for upcoming CASA training

Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of local abused and neglected children.

January 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


West Hall seventh-grader wins county spelling bee

After many rounds of intense competition, Emily Wood won the Hall County School District spelling bee with the correct spelling of "goatee."

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lakeview to honor Addi Bales' fight against cancer Friday

Cancer is a tough opponent.

January 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Warren Lee Hill executed for killing fellow inmate

January 27, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Last year's 'snowmageddon' pushed improvements

North Georgia may have dodged the snow-and-ice bullet so far this year, but officials say they're in better shape in case the region is blasted by a storm like the "snowmageddon" that struck on this day last year.

January 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Relay for Life moving to University of North Georgia Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia Gainesville campus will host the 2015 Relay For Life of Hall County.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Cumming man arrested after $25K in drugs found

A Cumming man was arrested Monday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine in Oakwood after investigators found 250 grams of the substance.

January 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Road crews monitoring winter weather in mountains

Winter weather affected roads in the Gaps of Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties this morning, but snow has stopped falling and crews are now just monitoring the situation.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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