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Ponzi scheme price: $60M stolen from 50; guilty man faces up to 20 years

The staggering scope of the largest fraud case in Hall County history was revealed in federal court Monday, where Wendell Ray Spell admitted to defrauding at least 50 people of more than $60 million in a Ponzi scheme.

March 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Job, children keep Hall County clerk busy

Hall County's clerk has a lot on her plate.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Healthy Monday: 'Observation' could decide whether patient's stuck with entire tab

"He was admitted to the hospital for observation." You've heard that phrase plenty of times. But what does it really mean?

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Jefferson schools face making improvements despite low revenues

Even in the face of state budget cuts, area school systems still have to educate students.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Grady Young Foundation declares weekend successful

Some golfers didn't want to leave the Chattahoochee Golf Course, the weather was so good.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Trout season begins Saturday

HELEN - Tom Query has Saturday circled on his calendar.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Good News Clinics needs donations

Diminished by the recession, nonprofit foundations aren't able to donate to charitable causes as much as they used to.

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Women's Civic Club aims to update Hoschton's welcome signs

HOSCHTON - The two "Welcome to Hoschton" signs that greet visitors entering the city via Ga. 53 will soon get a face-lift, compliments of the Hoschton Women's Civic Club.

The signs, which the club erected in 1998, will be replaced by two wooden signs that celebrate the "old and new" in Hoschton.

March 22, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local

New Riverside Military commander is a 'great gentleman'

A new era begins at Riverside Military Academy this June once Col. James Benson assumes the role of academy president.

March 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Hundreds of volunteers tackle 60 projects countywide

Saturday was a great day for service.

March 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Is Hall County ready for organic?

Tim Mathias has eaten $300,000 worth of food in three years - or at least the cost of it.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Longstreet faithful gather to tidy hotel

Members of the Longstreet Society gathered Saturday morning at the historical Piedmont Hotel to help clean, rake and mow around the hotel once owned by one of Gainesville's most famous residents, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.

March 21, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local

Jefferson schools discuss applying for charter status

To transition or not to transition to a charter system - that is the question on the minds of members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education and system staff.

March 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

State looks into HOV toll on I-85

Commuters with deep pockets may someday get a ticket to ride in the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 85.

March 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Three years after brutal farmhouse murders, trio of suspects await trial

Three years have passed since David Hannah got an early-morning call from a nurse telling him his daughter had been shot.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

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‘Granny’ steps in to raise grandkids when kids removed by DFCS

Rozzetta King traces the picture frames holding her children frozen in time, a collection of graduations, births and school pictures.

September 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Hospital pros match decontamination skills in Braselton

You've probably heard of DragonCon. Well, how about D-Con?

September 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Foodies find cover, lots of flavors at Taste of Gainesville

The sound of the lake mixed with the buzz of the crowd, the smell of food and music coming from the boat house Saturday night ...

September 26, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

Festival visitors paint the town in Lula

Ten-year-old Austin Turner and 8-year-old Aleigha Sorrows, both of Buford, used stepladders to reach the top corners as they helped paint one of two panels ...

September 26, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

Army of volunteers sweeps Lake Lanier's shores

Does sauntering along the shores of Lake Lanier sound nice?

September 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Stolen truck, mailbox damage may be linked, official says

A case of a stolen transport truck and damaged mailboxes Saturday in Hall County could be connected, according to the Sheriff's Office.

September 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Fall makes a soggy debut, dampens local events

The first official weekend of autumn has been a gloomy one so far in North Georgia, and don't look for the sun to show ...

September 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

4 kilos of meth intercepted on way to Cornelia

Law enforcement authorities have intercepted a package containing 4 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine on its way from Mexico to Cornelia.

September 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Parenting expert to speak at free event Tuesday at First Baptist Church

John Rosemond, a parenting columnist published weekly in The Times, will be speaking at a free event Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Shopping to help fill a closet and rebuild lives

Debbie Clark perused the Rahab's Rope booth Friday, landing on the last Persian-rug-themed bookmark.

September 25, 2015 | By Amy McDonald | Local

College bowl raises funds for Food Bank

Here are a few things we heard this week that we thought you might find interesting.

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Window shutter maker coming to Gainesville, will employ 200 workers

The president of a national window shutters holding company is consolidating operations and coming to Gainesville as part of a move that could bring 200 ...

September 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Accused Georgia State Patrol post shooter is indicted

The Army veteran accused of firing a high-powered hunting rifle at the Georgia State Patrol post in Gainesville last summer was indicted Tuesday by a ...

September 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Shore Sweep set for Saturday on Lake Lanier

The Lake Lanier Association and volunteers from the community will pick up trash along the lake's shores in the group's 27th annual Shore ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Body found Wednesday in Lake Lanier identified as Flowery Branch man

A body found earlier this week in a shallow area of Lake Lanier has been identified as that of a Flowery Branch man. Exactly how ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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