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Spout Springs Library debuts 'Born to Learn' trail

Spout Springs Library officially became the home of Hall County's third Born Learning Trail on Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

October 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Longtime theater supporter dies

When the Gainesville Theatre Alliance production of "Ragtime" opened in 2002, theatergoers were greeted in the lobby by student projects honoring local leaders.

October 29, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Inspirational music instructor dies

Jimmy Cutrell, a beloved instructor who had struggled with a disabling spinal condition since 2008, died Wednesday. He was 66.

October 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Taser maker issues advisory

The foil-covered targets used by law enforcement agencies for the trademarked Taser-brand electric shock guns have a bull's-eye on the chest area of a human silhouette.

October 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal says water meeting 'is a beginning'

While a meeting between lawmakers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama did not end the tri-state water wars Wednesday morning, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, said it was a start.

October 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Corps’ dock permit lottery excites select few

BUFORD - With her hopes high, Diane Teaver drove to Buford on Wednesday morning, stopped at Starbuck's Coffee and settled in at a meeting room at the Spring Hill Suites Hotel.

October 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Centennial shows off for state educators

A bus load of educators from across the state stopped at Centennial Arts Academy to get a look a what's working in Georgia schools.

October 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dawsonville: New Gas station planned for Ga. 400

Officials with RaceTrac convenience stores are putting the finishing touches on a site plan for a new gas station along Ga. 400.

October 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hoschton city clerk resigns

HOSCHTON - Several city officials confirmed Wednesday that Hoschton City Clerk Kristen Mahan has resigned her post.

October 28, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


College students seeking knowledge across nation, globe

These days, dental student Kaley Peek spends much of her time indoors studying.

October 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local tech schools leading the surge in enrollment

Allen Johnston knew exactly what he wanted to do after he lost one of his jobs - hit the books.

October 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Regions to close 121 branches

A Regions Bank branch in Gainesville is one of 121 Regions branches that will close early next year.

October 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Child serves as key eyewitness to Oct. 5 shooting

A 7-year-old boy re-enacted for police a fatal shooting he said he witnessed at a Gainesville public housing project, according to court testimony Wednesday.

October 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lumpkin's Steve Gooch wins seat on DOT board

Steve Gooch, the former chairman of the Lumpkin County Commission, was elected as the third person to serve out the rest of a five-year term representing the state's 9th Congressional District on the state Department of Transportation board.

October 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


DOT exec reflects on completed I-985 improvements

OAKWOOD - Traveling to see Russell McMurry speak Tuesday morning got a lot easier thanks to just-finished improvements he has overseen the past three years.

October 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Local officials take wait-and-see approach over proposal for failing schools

Local school officials are still assessing the plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal to tackle the problem of Georgia's chronically failing schools.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | 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


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: DFCS caseworkers face obstacles

As she talks about the joys of working with foster children, Tyne Jackson can't help crying a little.

October 14, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: What happens when children are removed from their home

The removal of a child often results in three types of trauma, according to Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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