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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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Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


77-year-old Gainesville man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office put out a notice Thursday afternoon for a missing Gainesville man.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Schoolchildren in Gainesville are counting their pennies and dimes and pooling their allowances to buy a cow.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Questions arise after iPad theft of 6-year-old

December 12, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Two escape fire; woman evacuates pets in nearby shop

Donald Kight had just arrived home from work when he learned a fire was burning in the apartment just beneath him.

December 11, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Public safety tops project list for sales tax extension vote

Public safety has emerged as the main focus of the project list for a possible extension of a special purpose local option sales tax.

December 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners approve rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The rezoning application for Brenau University's athletic complex was approved Thursday afternoon at a Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

December 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Gainesville may spend $670,600 on Flat Creek project

Gainesville is looking to pay the Army Corps of Engineers $670,600 to kickstart what will be the largest stream restoration project the city has done on long-troubled Flat Creek.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Legislators say road funding will be big issue in 2015

Fixing Georgia's roads and bridges will be a top priority for the General Assembly when it reconvenes Jan. 12, Hall County delegation members said Thursday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall has one of highest percentages of charter schools in country

Hall County School District is a national leader in charter schools' growth, but the future of charter schools in the area remains unclear.

December 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Leaf removal continues in Gainesville

More than 120 loads of leaves have been picked up this season in Gainesville, according to city officials.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Law enforcement to offer free gun locks

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is working with local law enforcement to offer free gun locks, hoping to limit household firearm accidents.

December 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Bones have yet to be identified

December 10, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

With an armload of questions about Lakeshore Mall's renovation efforts, area government and school officials decided Wednesday to put off using taxpayer money that's aimed at helping projects in blighted areas.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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