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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: 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


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | 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


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Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Former lieutenant indicted in Hall sheriff’s office data deletion case

A former lieutenant with the Hall County Sheriff's Office was indicted Wednesday, accused of intentionally deleting sheriff's office data.

October 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville officials mum on fire department interviews

It is now unclear whether Gainesville officials will hold interviews with fire department personnel next week, or at any point, to discuss workplace morale and other concerns.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County explores outsourcing payroll processing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given the go-ahead for staff to seek bids from payroll services companies.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former newspaper contractor sentenced to jail for theft

Gabrielle Veronica Gibson of Buford, formerly an independent contractor who delivered newspapers to stores for The Times, was sentenced to jail time and probation on Monday on a charge of theft by taking.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk found in South Hall

A rabies case has been reported in South Hall County in the area of Candler Highway/Calvary Church Road.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Forsyth County's UDC changes made official

October 10, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawsonville annexation disagreement continues

October 10, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville schools plan change to attendance policy

Hall and Gainesville schools have similar philosophies on student attendance, but opposite reactions to new attendance guidelines from the state Department of Education.

October 09, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville officials questioning employees about morale

Gainesville officials intend to interview personnel in all city departments, beginning with the fire department, after an inquiry into the police department this summer revealed growing concerns about employee morale.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jeff Foxworthy helps raise money for My Sister's Place

Jeff Foxworthy got local residents to open their checkbooks Thursday evening at Denim and Diamonds, the annual fundraiser benefiting My Sister's Place.

October 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Special Olympics kick off today in Hall County

Thousands of Special Olympics Georgia athletes and coaches will be in Hall County this weekend for the 2014 State Fall Games.

October 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall commissioners delay vote on Deaton Creek tennis court repair

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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