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Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Federal prosecutors review Habersham raid that injured toddler

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


A second rabies alert issued for one South Hall neighborhood

The Marsh Creek Court area of South Hall County has its second rabies case this month after a dog came in contact with a rabid raccoon.

October 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Missionary shares thoughts on Ebola

In the 53 years between John Mark Carpenter's first and most recent trips to Liberia, its capital city of Monrovia exploded in size. With people closer together, controlling the spread of the Ebola virus becomes that much more difficult.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: City to consider approving brewery at tonight’s meeting

Gainesville City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on Pap Datta's request to open a craft brewery in the city.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Neighborhood residents want county to repair tennis court

Residents of the Village at Deaton Creek have asked Hall County officials to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court damaged during the construction of the subdivision's sewer system.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Adult entertainment ordinance needs more technical alterations

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold a first reading Thursday on proposed changes to the adult entertainment ordinance.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed code changes would require business license before opening

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

October 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rhetoric heats up in Georgia governor’s race

The campaign stops featured warm and fuzzy, feel-good settings, but the candidates for Georgia governor pounded each other rhetorically on Monday as voter registration closed and they prepared for their first head-to-head debate.

October 06, 2014 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Gainesville schools may expand pre-K program

The Gainesville City Board of Education moved Monday night toward possibly adding new pre-kindergarten classes.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system moves closer to decision on whether to become charter system

Hall County schools got some long-awaited clarification Monday to rules that will affect whether or not they become a charter system.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Proposed Hall code changes would require business license before opening

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

October 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood holds second of three hearings on tax increase

Another Oakwood tax hearing, another small crowd.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate suspected of murder in inmate's death

The cellmate of a Hall County Jail inmate found dead Sunday has been charged with murder.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Rabid cat found in East Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Tara Trail area of East Hall County after a rabid dog came in contact with a rabid cat.

October 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Award-winning author to read her poetry at UNG

Xánath Caraza, a linguist and award-winning poet and fiction writer, will visit the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses this week to read from her books "Conjuro" and "Silabas de viento."

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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