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The Local Agenda: City budget presentations begin this week

The Gainesville City Council will begin hearing annual budget presentations when it meets Thursday for a work session.

February 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lyman Hall Elementary students have fun with health and safety

Students at Lyman Hall Elementary School in Gainesville learned about health and swimming safety Monday, thanks to a program from the Red Cross of Northeast Georgia.

Members of the University of Georgia Red Cross Club teamed with the local chapter to give a presentation to students about proper hygiene and handwashing. Katerina Saker, Lainie Hyman, Steven Bowman and Nikhil Gangasani reminded students about thorough handwashing to prevent the spread of germs during the flu and strep throat season.

February 09, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia House bill aims to open door for third parties

A bill in the state legislature proposes making it easier for third party and independent political candidates to get their names on the ballot in Georgia, but debate remains about just how far to lower the bar.

February 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


University of North Georgia to screen water wars movie

The water wars that have been fought between three Southern states for more than two decades have made their way to the big screen.

February 09, 2015 | BY CAROLINE WATTS intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula may hold June 16 election to replace late City Councilwoman Vicky Chambers

Lula officials are eyeing a special election June 16 to replace a Lula city councilwoman who died Jan. 26 following a head-on collision with a driver charged with DUI.

February 09, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Board of Education discusses East Hall High improvements

East Hall High School could have a few campus updates in the next several years.

February 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Body found in lake confirmed as missing man Kelly Nash

The man's body found in Lake Lanier on Sunday evening is that of Kelly Nash, Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nicole Bailes confirmed Monday afternoon.

February 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges.

February 09, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Hosting foreign students learning experience for all

When foreign exchange students come to the U.S., they're not the only people learning about a new culture.

February 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Class Notes: North Hall High students excel in cattle show

Some students play basketball, baseball or football, but students in the Hall County agriculture programs have an opportunity to compete in a different kind of high school competition.

February 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Elachee Nature Science Center takes in bird blinded in left eye

Elachee Nature Science Center's newest tenant has had a rough start to the new year.

February 09, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Divers recover body in Lake Lanier

The Hall County dive team found a body Sunday night in Lake Lanier, a law enforcement official said.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lights, concessions, stands coming to city ballfield

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department is ready to bid out improvements to a ballfield that include lights, concessions, restrooms and spectator seating.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bill would allow sale of national forest land

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has introduced a bill that would allow the sale of 3,841 "underused" acres in the Gainesville-based Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

February 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Russian adoption ban entangles North Georgia families

The last time the Romano family saw its potential adoptive son Yura, it was in an orphanage in the St. Petersburg area of Russia.

February 08, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | 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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