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Governor Deal unveils outline to aid child welfare

ATLANTA - Retaining caseworkers, managing workloads and improving communication between agencies dominated much of the discussion in the unveiling of the Child Welfare Reform Council's recommendations.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


School standards, higher education top 2015 challenges

High school standards and expectations after high school are among the top education issues Georgians can expect to see addressed by state leaders in 2015.

January 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fire damages Hall County mobile home; no one hurt

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


'Jesus Loves You’ robbery suspect believed to have gang ties

Oakwood police have identified a suspect in a Jan. 3 robbery by sudden snatching at Wal-Mart, with the suspect allegedly entering the store with a "Jesus Loves You" T-shirt.

January 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia political, agricultural leaders celebrate poultry lab opening

The cold weather Friday morning could not chill the warm spirits of those attending the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

January 09, 2015 | By David Strickland Poultry Times | Local


Community raises $4K to send Down syndrome adult to horse show

David Ruckstaetter will saddle up next month on his way to Mississippi, just as they do in the cowboy Westerns he used to watch with his grandfather.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula reviews water fees after complaints

The Lula City Council will consider scrapping an administrative fee on some water accounts, in addition to other policy changes regarding its enterprise funds, after residents recently raised concerns.

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal to unveil plan to address Georgia’s foster care crisis

Gov. Nathan Deal today will discuss the final recommendations of the Child Welfare Reform Council, which could possibly include more public-private partnerships with state agencies.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch council approves Cinnamon Cove project

Flowery Branch leaders have moved forward on increasing sewer capacity, and increasing the city's chances for future development and growth.

January 08, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Couple and their toddler escape fire but lose Lula home

Lula homeowners Andrew and Brittney Deaton heard smoke alarms at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. But when they came downstairs they didn't see any smoke or fire, said Andrew Deaton's brother, Nicholas Deaton.

January 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hard freeze settles in until Friday across Northeast Ga.

Temperatures climbed out of the teens across Northeast Georgia on Thursday afternoon, but they won't make it above freezing for another day or so.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Oakwood seeking robbery suspect with ‘Jesus Loves You’ T-shirt

Oakwood Police are seeking two suspects in a robbery investigation at Wal-Mart, who are believed to have taken a camouflage jacket, a package of T-shirts and a Sony PlayStation 4 just after midnight Saturday.

January 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities say gang member had $13,000 in drugs at Gainesville home

A variety of drugs worth more than $13,000 were found Tuesday at a Gainesville home, along with scales and $3,000 in cash, according to authorities.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


I-985 Southbound traffic cleared from earlier accident

Traffic is now clear on Interstate 985 below exit 22, U.S. 129, after a four-vehicle accident backed up traffic headed southbound.

January 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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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


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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