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Take in alleged fraud may be $30 million

If Wendell Spell bilked investors out of millions of dollars, he did it in textbook fashion.

October 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Neighbors join forces to thwart crime

JEFFERSON - Sandi and Dennis Rakow know what it is like to live in a community that doesn't have a Neighborhood Watch Program.

October 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Five nominees vie for solicitor-general

The new job opening for Hall County solicitor-general drew five applicants this week who each hope Gov. Sonny Perdue will appoint them to the key courthouse post.

All have experience as prosecutors, and all but one have worked in the Hall County Solicitor-General's office.

October 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ghost chasers get goosebumped

Ghostly images were evoked Friday on a cold, damp night on the campus of Brenau University.

October 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Afternoon fire destroys mobile home

Hall County fire officials say a Friday afternoon blaze at an abandoned mobile home appears suspicious.

October 29, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville Rotary Club looking for nominations

The Rotary Club of Gainesville is looking for nominations for the Rotary Man/Woman of the Year award. The award is presented annually for leadership and service to the community, state and nation during the past year or so, as well as for an entire career or lifetime of a native or resident or longtime former Hall County leader.

October 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Emerson’s memory will live on at trail

BUFORD - Meredith Hope Emerson and her black Labrador Ella spent many sun-splashed afternoons walking along the wilderness trails of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

October 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Federal agency takes on water war

A federal agency charged with resolving environmental, natural resource and public lands issues and conflicts has conducted an assessment on a possible role in finding a solution to the tri-state water war.

October 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Stocks’ slide may cut gifts to charities

For those with significant stock holdings, donating shares with appreciated value to charity has given them an avenue to avoid capital gains taxes.

Under IRS regulations, the holder gets to claim the full increased value of the stock or security that is donated to a charitable organization.

October 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Youth Enrichment Workshop today

The Gainesville-Hall County Black History Society will be hosting its Youth Enrichment Workshop today from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St. Alice Law will serve as the mistress of ceremony as children and community leaders participate in activities revolving around the black community's rich local history. Contact James Brooks at 770-532-9727 for more information.

October 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Food stamp applications will be available online

Those applying for food stamp benefits will be able to do so online starting next month, a spokesperson for the Department of Human Resources said.

October 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Moonshine festival celebrating town's racing roots enters 41st year

Families and NASCAR fans from across North Georgia traveled to Dawsonville on Saturday for the 41st annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


New assessor nominated to Hall tax board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners nominated a fifth member to the board of tax assessors at its meeting Thursday.

October 28, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Boys & Girls facility will reach more kids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County hope to be able to reach out to even more young people once construction on its new building is complete.

October 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ideas flow for Oakwood's 2030 plan at public hearing

OAKWOOD - About 20 Oakwood residents came out to Thursday's town hall meeting at Oakwood City Hall to get more details about the city's proposed Oakwood 2030 plan.

"We wanted to give you an overview of what we have planned, but this is not the end of the process," said Stan Brown, Oakwood's city manager. "We seem to be lacking a sense of downtown in Oakwood, and that is something we hope to define with this plan."

October 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Gainesville man reappointed to state civil rights board

Gainesville resident Justin Pressley has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Georgia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Morning wreck on I-985 causes backed up traffic

No one was seriously hurt in a morning wreck on Interstate 985 that resulted in snarled traffic and charges for one driver.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Belk plans annual spring charity sale

Belk's Spring Charity Sale lets customers support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Absentee ballots go in the mail for May 20 primary

Hall County has begun mailing the first batch of absentee ballots for the May 20 primary election.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


April showers don’t dampen expo flowers

The annual Spring Garden Expo drew a large crowd on its first day Friday despite wind and a threat of rain.

April 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Redevelopment proposed for Lanier Plaza Shopping Center

Gainesville is fast-tracking a rezoning application so Hutton, a developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., can proceed with purchasing and redeveloping the Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former ethics chief wins lawsuit

ATLANTA - Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and deputy title removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 05, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners hires new clerk

Lisa Ritchie has been hired as the new clerk for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. on track for new school tests next year

Nine months after dropping out of a national testing consortium, Georgia is still considering testing options for the next school year.

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students ready for spring break travel

Time to pack the cars and hit the roads - when school ends today, students in both the Gainesville and Hall County systems are on spring break.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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