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Judge claims Division of Family and Children Services very understaffed

A Hall County judge says the local office of the Division of Family and Children Services has reached a crisis in staffing levels that could endanger the welfare of children, a contention that state officials deny.

September 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Board rules Simmons can't run for re-election

Elections officials ruled Friday that longtime Gainesville school board member Kelvin Simmons cannot run for re-election because his wife works as an administrator at one of the system's schools.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Heavy rain, storms likely to return to area

A few welcome days of sunshine and clear skies are expected to give way to rain clouds again by this afternoon.

September 25, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Police: Suspect in child porn case did not work with kids

JEFFERSON - Although a child pornography case involving Lolan Ernest Reeves Jr. is still pending, officials say it doesn't appear that Reeves worked directly with children.

September 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Volunteers help bring back Champion Tree contest

State budget cuts put Hall County's annual Champion Tree contest on hold last year, but with the help of a team of volunteers, the program is back.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Humane Society changes name, coverage area

To go along with its new identity as an independent, no-kill shelter, the Humane Society also is changing its name and coverage area.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Data show Hall County is more educated

When Sarah Craven lost her job as a paraprofessional last year, she knew what she needed to do - go back to school.

September 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Board OKs animal control code, with an exception

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to approve the new Animal Control official code of ordinances after weeks of revision. But they still have a little work left to do.

September 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Military college ranks high on Army’s student merit list

North Georgia College & State University has more high-ranking students on the U.S. Army's National Order of Merit List than any other U.S. senior military college.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Jarrard benefit concert was music to their ears

Misty Armour drove all day to make the stage for the eighth annual John Jarrard Foundation Benefit Concert.

September 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County tax office worker claims harassment

An employee in the Hall County Tax Assessors Office has filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment and discrimination.

September 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County commission nixes 4 potential routes for connector

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to ask the Greater Hall Metro Planning Organization to remove four potential routes from the drawing board for the Northern Connector.

September 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police find body believed to be missing Hoschton man

HOSCHTON - The search for a missing Hoschton man ended Thursday after searchers found a body in a wooded area near the Hoschton city limits.

September 24, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times Regional Staff | Local


Jefferson police arrest man on child exploitation charges

The Jefferson Police Department has arrested a 33-year-old man in connection to a child pornography case.

Police Chief Joe Wirthman said Jefferson resident Lolan Reeves Jr. has been charged with two counts of child exploitation.

September 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lifelong Knights’ fan bleeds blue

Michael Parker, a Johnson High School alumni and current teacher and coach, has always been a big fan of the Knights' sports teams, to the extent that he says "I bleed blue!"

September 24, 2009 | By Coulter Burch news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Funding is key to child welfare reforms, advocates say

A Jan. 9 announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council offered recommendations to improve the state's record of caring for children.

February 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hospital plans to deliver new pediatric unit in Braselton

January 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy drawing more girls

January 31, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Fundraiser for Lakeview kindergartner Addi Bales raises $26K

A fundraiser to benefit a local cancer-stricken kindergartner raised about $26,000 on Friday night, according to the child's mother.

January 31, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Hall Chairman Mecum: State of the county is 'very good'

The growth is coming from the south, but will the money come from there, too?

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Five displaced in Baker Road fire

Five people all escaped injury after an early morning fire caused extensive damage to their double-wide mobile home.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia lawmakers working out kinks in cannabis oil bill

While regulations governing the production and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are now absent from proposed medical marijuana legislation, state lawmakers are pushing forward with remedies to the problem.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia leaders seek changes to AP US History to celebrate ‘positive aspects’

Teachers shouldn't emphasize the negative aspects of U.S. history.

January 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Read the resolution on AP History

Senate Resolution 80

January 31, 2015 | | Local


Will cannabis oil be made available for more patients?

Lawmakers have made the case for medical marijuana over the past year by limiting the number of patients who can legally possess and use the drug to the families of children with seizure disorders.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau vice president appointed to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

A Brenau University vice president was sworn in Thursday to serve on the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County food, shelter agencies can apply for additional funding

Food and shelter programs in Hall County can apply for additional funding after the county was chosen to receive national Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Redevelopment plan is road map for Flowery Branch's future

With more retail shops open for business downtown, new homes being built and upcoming plans for more accommodating roads, it's safe to say Flowery Branch is a bustling town.

January 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


New Year's Eve road rage incident led to gunfire, authorities say

Being cut off in traffic led to road rage between two men in Hall County and ended with a gunshot, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Lusk said Friday at a committal hearing.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash seized

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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