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Agency says Dawsonville man took millions from investors in scheme

DAWSONVILLE - The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 23, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


Hall commissioners chide Perdue over tax relief

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver read a letter at the commission's board meeting Thursday blasting Gov. Sonny Perdue for his proposal to withhold the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant.

January 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal officers helping in Forsyth fire investigation

CUMMING - Authorities have not determined whether a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed the home of a Barack Obama supporter was arson.

January 23, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech gets $794,480 federal grant

Lanier Technical College has been awarded a $794,480 federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to fund expansion of the college's Clinical Laboratory Technology program.

January 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Norton's yearly report offers sunny economic outlook in dark times

In his annual Native Intelligence report, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. used that age old adage, "When life give you lemons, make lemonade."

January 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Suspect charged in string of break-ins

Gainesville police today arrested a man suspected in a string of auto break-ins in the southeast part of town.

Milton Grant, 40, was arrested on a charge of loitering on Fair Street this morning, Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets two years for Wal-Mart bomb threat

A Rabun County man was sentenced to two years in prison today in federal court in Gainesville for phoning a bomb threat to a Wal-Mart store.

Thomas Narron, Sr., 44, of Rebecca pleaded guilty to making threatening communications.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson elementary schools focus on getting students caught up

Officials at the two elementary schools within the Jefferson school system realize that most students aren't magicians.

January 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Invasive species eating up Georgia, but DNR has a plan

Any living thing that's in a place where it's not supposed to be can cause trouble.

January 22, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Judges take turns on bench in death-penalty hearing

The death penalty case of Allan Robert Dickie will have had four different superior court judges presiding before it gets close to coming to trial.

January 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville business owner becomes a US citizen

President Barack Obama made history by taking an oath on Tuesday, but the oath Jose Covarrubias took Wednesday in Atlanta made Jan. 21 a big day for him.

January 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax collections are down in Hall County this year

The Hall County Board of Commissioners requested an update on tax collections from Tax Commissioner Keith Echols at its work session Wednesday.

January 22, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch closer to adding traffic light at crossroads

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch appears closer to getting a traffic light installed at the busy intersection of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard.

January 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State gets $100,855 from Wal-Mart

OAKWOOD - The Wal-Mart State Giving Foundation has made a $100,855 donation to Gainesville State College to create a Wal-Mart Scholars program for male and minority students seeking a degree in early childhood education.

January 21, 2009 | | Local


Locals who made the trip endured lines to see history made

WASHINGTON - More than a handful of Hall Countians can now legitimately flaunt the "I was there" buttons vendors were hawking up and down the streets of Washington.

January 21, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and Harris Blackwood The Times | Local


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Suspect in $150K meth bust arrested in Las Vegas after escaping Hall authorities

A man is now in custody following an investigation into about $150,000 worth of methamphetamine found at two locations in Hall County in December.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities identify woman killed, man injured in boat wreck

Authorities released the identities involved in a boating incident that killed a Buford woman and injured a man Sunday night off Ga. 369 in the Chestatee Bay area of Lake Lanier.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Animal Shelter rebranding its image

The Hall County Animal Shelter hopes to separate itself from the pack of other animal welfare organizations with a new campaign.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Class Notes: Design executive to keynote at Brenau women’s conference

Brenau University will host a conference featuring female leaders from across the nation.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Boat wreck on Lake Lanier kills 1, injures another

A person was killed and another injured in a boat wreck off Ga. 369 in the Chestatee Bay area of Lake Lanier, authorities said.

March 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New South Hall hospital plans March 29 open house

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton won't be quite ready for patients, but visitors will be welcome March 29.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Voter opinion mixed as end of poll on sales tax nears

A scattering of exit polling reveals mixed opinions about the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund public infrastructure projects countywide.

March 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Riverside alumnus returns home to recruit for West Point

Michael Sims is spending his spring break from college back home in Gainesville.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wisdom Project lectures to focus on senior citizens

Education is a lifelong endeavor.

March 15, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Wreck kills 2 White County teens

Two White County teens were killed in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday west of Cleveland.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Homeowners face upstream battle over Lake Knickerbocker

James Lester remembers Lake Knickerbocker well when he settled off Ledan Road in 1976.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


College students can seek options before taking on loan debt

When students graduate with their bachelor's degrees, they're likely feeling a sense of accomplishment. Yet more than two-thirds also are thousands of dollars in debt from student loans.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Law officers, 4-H BB rifle team gather for annual fun event, fellowship

The occasional ricocheted BB didn't hinder the mood on Saturday morning when the Hall County 4-H Club was joined by members of the Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Sheriff's Office for the 10th annual Cops and Kids BB Gun Challenge.

March 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area lawmakers sift through survivors of Crossover Day at state legislature

The buildup to Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta was more subdued this year than last.

March 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Irish eyes smiling during Irish Band Jam in Flowery Branch

The sky was gray but the streets of downtown Flowery Branch were green on Saturday as the second annual Irish Band Jam brought a bit of the Emerald Isle closer to home.

March 14, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


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