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Hall deputies search for escaped inmate

The Hall County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating why jail officials failed to realize an inmate of the Hall County Jail had escaped until 24 hours after the inmate went missing.

Police believe 24-year-old Obiel Pineda-Pardo escaped when he was allowed to take out the trash around 7 a.m. Friday, but he was not reported missing until after a Saturday morning head count.

January 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


'We're still marching to keep a dream alive'

To many, Monday was much more than a day off.

January 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local residents join in national day of service

Bundled up against the cold and armed with trash bags and a shovel, Tiffany Potter and her two children headed to Wauka Mountain Elementary School on Monday for a day of community service.

January 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local




Jackson County schools delay white boards to stay in the black

JEFFERSON - When Gum Springs Elementary School opened in 2008, teachers had access to some of the latest instructional technology in their classrooms.

January 18, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Pre-K students make pen pals nationwide

JEFFERSON - Without ever leaving their classroom, the pre-kindergarten students at Jefferson Elementary School have made friends with other students around the United States.

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cornelia fills streets to honor King’s memory

CORNELIA - More than 100 people walked along downtown streets Sunday as part of an annual peace march in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


You better bundle up — again

Get ready for a second round of cold to hit tonight and early Tuesday morning as an Alberta clipper blows into town.

January 18, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


‘Living the dream’

WASHINGTON - Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. bellowed his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent," Americans are celebrating King's dream with renewed vigor on the eve of the inauguration of the nation's first black president.

January 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To celiac disease sufferers, gluten is the evil ingredient

A growing number of supermarkets have created special sections for gluten-free foods, leading some shoppers to wonder: What the heck is gluten, and why would you want to be free of it?

January 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Boy Scout Troop 228 builds hut, weathers economy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Boys Scout Troop 228 in Flowery Branch is getting a life lesson in roughing it through a deep recession.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State gives counties the option to expand classroom sizes

Schools across the state may start adding desks to classrooms, now that the state board of education has approved a measure to increase class sizes in Georgia schools.

January 18, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson firefighters are a ‘special breed’

JEFFERSON - If someone offered you $1,000 to run into a burning building, would you take it?

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ham radio hobby still popular in Internet age

Nine-year-old Marcus Shockley is among the next generation of ham radio operators growing up in an age of Internet and wireless text messaging.

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall law authorities on hunt for Spell

Where in the world is Wendell Spell?

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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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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