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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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Drivers should be cautious as deer mating season winds down

When you see antlers, it's time to stop.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities seek man connected to hotel homicide

Authorities are looking for a Gainesville man connected to a homicide at the Sun Suites Extended Stay Hotel on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Costly land deal presents conflict of interest for Hall school board

The Hall County Board of Education failed to disclose an apparent conflict of interest for one of its members last month when it approved the purchase of land for the World Language Academy campus on Winder Highway in Flowery Branch, and agreed on a price about three times the county's assessed value on the property.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical Plaza B opening today at Braselton hospital campus

The first wave of physician offices will open today at Medical Plaza B, but emergency, inpatient and other services in the adjoining Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton will be on hold until at least April.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. 347 may be last ‘east-west’ artery project for a while

The completion of the four- and six-lane Ga. 347 in South Hall County by this time next year will mark the opening of one of Hall's few east-west traffic arteries - and maybe its last major one for years to come.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nutrition specialists consider students when making meals

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Medical marijuana

Though medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of U.S. states, and while marijuana can be used for recreational use in four states plus the District of Columbia, Georgia lawmakers appear hesitant to follow suit.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Foster care

The idea of privatizing foster care was batted about during the last session, but ultimately lawmakers passed on that endeavor.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Transportation

Paying for roads could be the biggest issue in 2015.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Education

Efforts last year to defeat Common Core in Georgia were unsuccessful, but legislators are likely to discuss concerns that still exist regarding the education standards.

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Budget

For every buzzword tossed about in recent years when talking about the economy, there is an equal and opposite epithet. And, sometimes, which is which depends on whom you're asking.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SnowWorld at Lanier Islands offers visitors wintery outdoor fun

Every morning around 9 a.m., the snow machines at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford start pumping to ensure that visitors don't miss out on a white wintertime.

January 11, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Arrendale State Prison inmates go back to school

Within the first week of the new year, an inmate at the Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County earned her high school diploma while behind bars.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | 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


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