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Midnight deals kick off Black Friday shopping

It's called Midnight Madness, but few waited until midnight to get ready. For the fourth year, many stores at North Georgia Premium Outlets opened their doors for a day of shopping that continued until 10 p.m. Friday.

December 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Saber-rattling wedding: Military ceremony precedes guardsman's deployment to Afghanistan

HOSCHTON - This Thanksgiving weekend will be a memorable one for Ryan Hanson, 20, Amanda Hansen, 18, and their families.

December 06, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Claim your check from Gainesville public utilities, else it goes to the state

Get your money now or the state will.

December 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hot toys are 'recession-proof'

In what could be the worst holiday shopping season for retailers in decades, there's one thing that's still sure to sell: Barbie dolls.

While high-tech, interactive gadgets and the latest version of the perennial "hot toy," Elmo, promise to move off store shelves, it's the old standby from Mattel that debuted nearly 50 years ago that has made the top of this year's top toys for girls list, compiled by the National Retail Federation from a national survey of likely toy shoppers.

December 06, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shop until you drop, but stay safe

As holiday shoppers make a bee-line for malls and retailers today, there's no doubt a swarm of deal-seekers could become prey for criminals.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


You want that Christmas tree real or fake?

After Thanksgiving, it seems there's just enough time to clean the kitchen and pack up the leftovers before the Christmas season officially starts.

December 06, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Thanksgiving dinner brings more than 400 people in need to Good News at Noon

As a warm November sun beamed down Thursday on Gainesville, about 400 homeless men and women stirred from under the city's bridges, stoops and shelters and flocked to Good News at Noon to gobble down the grandest Thanksgiving feast ever served at the ministry.

December 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family together for the holidays despite tough economy

LULA - Walking around his yard, Leon Barrett noticed that some of his landscaping projects need his attention.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Several eateries serving Thanksgiving meals today

If you're not going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, or worse, if you burned the turkey - there is hope.

A number of restaurants are open today with a full array of Thanksgiving fare.

December 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Children give their theories on how to cook turkeys

It's probably an evolutionary defense mechanism for mankind that most elementary schoolers aren't tall enough to see over the kitchen counter and cook.

December 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Thanksgiving in jail: Turkey dinner a nod to holidays

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey and dressing - even at the Hall County jail.

The big, 1,026-bed building on Barber Road has more meals served inside it daily than anywhere else in the county, and Thursday, that meal was as traditional as stripes on an inmate's uniform: turkey, dressing, rice, greens and cranberry sauce.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chateau Elan festival will light the night

New York may have its tree in Rockefeller Center, but the City of Braselton has a whole chateau.

As northerners prepare for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the people over at Chateau Elan are preparing for their own traditional holiday event.

December 04, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Foster mother indicted in baby’s death

A Jackson County woman who left a 9-month-old foster child unattended in a car has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman on Wednesday announced the indictment against 29-year-old Wendy Osbourne of Nicholson in the Sept. 2 death of baby Jessica Scovil from heat exposure.

December 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Members, others thankful for Boys & Girls Clubs

Hundreds of children poured into the Boys & Girls Clubs' building near Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to celebrate Thanksgiving with their other family with whom they spend their afternoons five days a week.

Members of the Keystone Club served a free ham dinner Tuesday to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

December 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Resignations cut police force to five

HOSCHTON - Two Hoschton police officers have announced their resignations in the middle of the city's budget problems.

December 03, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


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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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