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Hole in dam worries White County residents

Residents of the Jenny's Creek and Town Creek area of White County endured a tense night late Tuesday and early today as the possibility of flooding from both creeks remained unknown.

This morning, however, with a flash flood warning canceled, the immediate threat seems to have passed. Officials in White County said there was no flooding overnight and no one was evacuated from their homes.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Mills ‘disappointed’ by Perdue veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which was intended to require authorities to seize vehicles of people who are in the country illegally and are involved in a traffic accident.

A watered-down version of the bill was offered in the Senate and subsequently passed by the House. It allowed law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle of a person who does not have a valid driver's license.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Packed shelters reflect slow economy

It's getting to be a common sight in some Georgia communities: A home gets foreclosed on and the family moves out in a hurry, leaving a stack of their belongings at the curb.

And occasionally they leave their pets behind, too. Authorities in some metro Atlanta counties have reported finding dogs or cats trapped inside abandoned homes, deprived of food and water.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health system gets Tricare contract

Northeast Georgia Health System has signed an agreement with Tricare, the federal government's health insurance program for military personnel.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Auto dealer, community leader Harold DeLong dies

Harold DeLong, a former Gainesville city commissioner and auto dealer, has died after an extended illness. He was 86.

DeLong was the youngest son of a pioneering auto dealer, Frank W. DeLong Sr., who opened a Hudson-Essex-Terraplane dealership on Main Street in 1921.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue permits guns in restaurants, MARTA

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed legislation allowing guns in restaurants, on public transportation and in parks.

May 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Number 21: Another case of rabies reported in Hall

Hall County's tally of rabies cases this year has increased to 21. The most recent incident occurred Sunday on Green Drive, off Clarks Bridge Road in North Hall. Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Control, said a skunk came into contact with a domestic dog.

"The dog actually grabbed the skunk and tossed it around a bit," he said.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Agency to offer foreclosure seminar

The pummelled economy has been a dark cloud for many involved in the buying and selling of real estate. However, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said Tuesday that the glut of foreclosures hitting the market may actually be more of a silver lining than one would think.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Oakwood discusses road expansion, sewer rates

Engineering and design plans for the Thurmond Tanner Parkway extension are in the final stages of approval.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Helen tourism goes sky high

A new business in Helen is offering a bird's-eye view of the Northeast Georgia mountains.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


White County dodges a wet disaster

The fear that an earthen dam at a 20-acre private lake in White County would fail and flood nearby homes passed early Wednesday when a flood warning was lifted.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Some Gainesville wrecker companies can charge more when called by police

Getting in a wreck in Gainesville just isn't what it used to be.

A recently revised ordinance allows wrecker companies to charge more than they have in the past when the police department calls them to the scene of an accident, to pick up an abandoned car or the vehicle of someone who has been arrested.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man cutting tree branch falls to his death

A Gainesville man fell to his death Sunday after attempting to remove a branch from a dead tree, Hall County sheriff's officials said.

Hall County fire department responded to Vaughandale Circle at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon following reports that Demecio Riverra, 36, had fallen from a rotten tree, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said.

May 24, 2008 | | Local


Farmhouse fire appears to be accidental

An unoccupied farmhouse in North Hall was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning, officials said. No one was hurt.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top students get their night courtesy of The Times' 2008 Academic All-Stars

Stellar students and their favorite teachers got their time to shine Monday at The Times' Academic All-Stars Reception.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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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