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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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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


Veterans resource and career expo set for Thursday in Cornelia

The Georgia Department of Labor is holding a resource and career expo for veterans and other job seekers this Thursday in Cornelia.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bear on the Square goes on rain-and-shine

For the past 10 years Jeff McWaters has attended the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which was held on the historic Dahlonega square over the weekend. The two-day festival was rain-or-shine, and this year vendors and visitors had the chance to experience both.

April 19, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Barrow County assistant superintendent joining Gainesville schools as CFO

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel will be working with Chris Griner again.

April 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Churches put together 30,000 meals as part of feeding ministry

Area churches gathered Sunday to put their faith into action by pouring out and packaging some 30,000 meals as part of a global feeding ministry.

April 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Applications open for NGCF Community Impact Grants

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Community Impact Grants.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Tornado watch in effect for area until 3 p.m.

Heavy thunderstorms are moving through North Georgia today, with Hall County and the rest of the region under a tornado watch until 3 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flight center honors late instructor at ceremony

Family and co-workers of the Lanier Flight Center instructor who died after an October plane crash honored the passionate aviator Saturday in the most fitting way: teaching people to fly.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents say ‘no’ to state milestones test

It's arguably a question of parental rights.

April 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Laurel Park hosts Five Points of Life Kids marathon

Gainesville is the newest of the 10 cities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to host the Five Points of Life Kids marathon. The Five Points of Life Foundation, started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, hosted the marathons as a fun way to get kids active. Participants walk or run 25 miles over a specified amount of time logging their distance as they go.

April 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Incidents put new focus on security in Hall courtrooms

Like their adult counterparts, juvenile offenders can pose potential threats for deputies working to secure the Hall County Courthouse.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Water wars’ latest chapter is big legal affair

Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed.

April 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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