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More alleged Ponzi scheme victims emerge

More than a dozen people have filed a lawsuit against a Clermont man who allegedly bilked local investors out of millions in a Ponzi scheme, bringing the number of alleged victims to 20 in what could be the biggest white-collar crime in Hall County history.

February 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Regions Bank seeks judge’s ruling on driveway access

Attorneys for Regions Financial Corp. have asked a judge to grant the Regions Operations Center access through a Midtown development before a lawsuit between the bank and the developers goes to trial.

February 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Falcons’ Hartsock marks Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading to Jones classes

Although Stephanie Chavez has read Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks" before, she didn't mind hearing it again Friday because a special guest was reading it to her second-grade class.

February 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County summer school changes will save $1 million

Hall County students who fail the state's standardized test this year won't have to give up days on the lake to retake the test in summer school this June.

February 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rep. Deal: Energy bills ‘bad news’ for Southeast

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal said energy-related bills now working their way through Congress could be bad news to industry in the Southeast.

February 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


New credit union gets a strong welcome

The president and chief executive of the newest credit union in Hall County said the financial business already has exceeded its first year projection for new accounts in just three months.

February 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Braselton to crack down on business license fees

HOSCHTON - From the restaurants and shops in City Square to the residents making and selling wares out of their homes, all businesses in Hoschton need a business license to operate in the city limits.

February 27, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Cumming bomb scare turns out to be just a toolbox

A three-block area of downtown Cumming was cleared for a couple hours Thursday morning as authorities examined a suspicious toolbox.

February 27, 2009 | | Local


Lottery sales keep rising, but the recession keeps them in check

Anticipation may be high for tonight's drawing of the multistate Mega Millions lottery, with a jackpot that has grown to $171 million.

February 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Narcotics officer hurt in undercover drug operation

Two people are facing drug charges Thursday night after a Gainesville undercover operation that sent one narcotics officer to the hospital with superficial injuries.

February 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue condemns firing of DOT chief

The State Transportation Board voted Thursday to fire Commissioner Gena Evans, citing a need for change at the top.

February 27, 2009 | Board votes 9-3 to oust Gena Evans | Local


New arrest made in BB gun vandalism

A third person has been arrested in connection with an early-morning BB gun shooting spree that left nearly 40 cars damaged.

February 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group puts focus on joys of wedlock

Matrimony, proponents say, does more than a couple good.

February 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drivers services to extend hours starting next week

The folks at the Department of Driver Services have noticed something about their customers: They don't like spending much time waiting to get their license.

February 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


County board discusses recycling

The Hall County Board of Commissioners talked a lot of trash at its board meeting Thursday.

February 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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