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Governor's race 2010: Initial fundraising relies on ‘friends and neighbors’

For Republicans running to be the next governor of Georgia, contributions begin at home.

July 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County middle schoolers excel on tests

Hall County middle schools are celebrating high End of Course Test scores earned by middle school students who completed high school courses. The Carnegie units, or high school credit units, are applied to students' high school diplomas.

July 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville expect most schools to meet testing standards

Results for school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests lead school officials to believe most Gainesville city and Hall County schools will meet federal accountability requirements and achieve Adequate Yearly Progress this year.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Economy strains heat relief program for seniors

Polly Williams knows the value of some fresh air.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Deal is early fundraising front-runner

In the contest to raise cash among Republican candidates vying to be the next governor of Georgia, Gainesville's Nathan Deal suddenly is in the lead.

July 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters battle South Hall blaze

A South Hall home was damaged Tuesday night by a fire that was called in by someone passing by.

July 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bank robbed Monday in Braselton

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at the Hometown Community Bank on Ga. 124 near the Traditions of Braselton community.

July 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Staff changes sweep through US Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Lanier office

If it hasn't been done already, it may be time to print up a new staff directory at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Buford Dam office.

July 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local fan won tickets to Jackson's memorial service, but couldn't get flight in time

She could have been one of about 9,000 fans at Michael Jackson's memorial on Tuesday.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Gainesville hopes stimulus grant leads to replacement fire station

Gainesville firefighters are crossing their fingers in hopes their department will be selected to receive federal stimulus funding to rebuild the city's oldest fire station.

July 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville's annexation plans irk Hall officials

Some Hall County commissioners are ready to do all they can to prevent the city of Gainesville from annexing county businesses near the city lines.

July 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State Court of Appeals hears case about Hall teen's hanging

The Georgia Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a 13-year-old Hall County boy who hanged himself inside a school for emotionally challenged children.

July 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch cleans up sewer spill

Flowery Branch officials have cleaned up a sewer spill of less than 1,000 gallons in a cul-de-sac on Victoria Drive off Spring Street.

A resident called the city to report the spill, which involved sewer flowing out of a manhole in the street, City Manager Bill Andrew said this morning.

July 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman dies after trying to rescue boy in Lake Lanier

The roads and waterways were busy, but aside from at least one water-related death, Hall County ended the July Fourth holiday on a relatively quiet note.

July 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Humane Society faring OK in recession

In these hard economic times, the Humane Society of Hall County could use a few more stray dollars.

July 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


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


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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