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Fraud case attracts attention from feds

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta has taken the lead in the ongoing investigation of an alleged fraud scheme involving a Gainesville business.

October 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Charter expects to have cable customers in Gainesville back on line soon

Charter Communications subscribers will be without TV, Internet and phone service until around noon, said a Charter representative.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The Times seeks World War II veterans for special salute

It has been 63 years since the end of the largest conflict in world history, and those who fought in it are, and will forever be known as, The Greatest Generation.

October 25, 2008 | | Local


Fraud victim tracked suspect to Clermont

It took Robert Hodges eight years to find Wendell Spell and get back the $17,000 he was owed.

October 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools cut budgets amid dark economic times

Hall County educators are slashing the school system's budget now to be "better safe than sorry" as the state and national budget pictures continue to darken.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Collins: Being a chaplain in Iraq requires communication

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 25, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to negotiate buyback from developer

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Monday to negotiate buying back sewer and water tap fees from a company that, because of the stalled housing market, has put off plans for a townhome development.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Paying with cash won’t necessarily get you a better deal

Cash on the barrel head.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville property tax bills (almost) are in the mail

Gainesville property owners can expect their tax bills to arrive in the next week.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Changes under way at WNEG-TV

If you tuned in to WNEG-TV, Channel 32 out of Toccoa, on Sunday afternoon expecting to see a football game between the Steelers and the Bengals, you may have been surprised to see the Roughriders take on the Tiger-Cats instead.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Back in the golden days: Dahlonega event attracts hundreds

DAHLONEGA - The annual fall festival "Gold Rush Days," sponsored this year by the Dahlonega Jaycees, drew hundreds to the Northeast Georgia town this past weekend for a mix of arts and crafts and tasty food.

October 23, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Help with bills difficult to get when agencies run dry

Volunteers with the Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church in Gainesville told Jennifer Tanner that because of increased pleas for assistance, it was a fluke that the program had funds available recently when she asked for help paying the power bill.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man gets 18 months for rolling back used vehicles’ odometers

A Buford man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for rolling back odometers on used cars and trucks to make the vehicles more valuable, the Justice Department announced Friday.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


History center’s Aaron video wins national award

The Northeast Georgia History Center's video documentary on the life of local golf legend Tommy Aaron has won the prestigious Pegasus Award of Excellence for 2008.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials hope new design thwarts manhole cover thefts

Thieves always will steal valuable metals like gold and silver, but you know the economy stinks when thieves start taking steel manhole covers.

October 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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