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Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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