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New Year's resolution

Did you make a New Year's resolution a year ago that you have managed to keep throughout 2009? Whether it was a vow to get fit, save money or to eliminate bad habits, The Times would like to talk to you for a story on News Year's resolutions. Please contact staff writer Stephen Gurr at 770-718-3428 or sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com.

December 22, 2009 | | Local


Soldiers’ families get a Christmas surprise

While local soldiers are fighting overseas, the community is making sure their families have a merry Christmas.

December 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Henry Braselton, former mayor of namesake town, dead at 82

BRASELTON - Former mayor and councilman Henry Edward Braselton passed away Monday, according to town officials.

December 21, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Dawson County murder suspects denied bond

DAWSONVILLE - Two Dawsonville men arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of an Effingham County couple have been charged with murder and are being held without bond.

December 21, 2009 | By Michelle Hester Times regional staff | Local


Nichols named interim Gainesville police chief

Gainesville Police Department Deputy Chief Jane Nichols has been named interim chief and will replace retiring Chief Frank Hooper.

December 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Four charged in recent rash of burglaries

Four people have been charged with a series of burglaries that happened around the city in late November and early December.

December 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Holidays can be tough for grieving parents

FLOWERY BRANCH - For most people, the holidays are a time for family gatherings and relaxation, but for those who have lost a child, the season can be unbearable.

December 21, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Ham radio group seeks to expand four-fold

If you lose service on your personal cell phone, you may just curse and try your call again later. But what happens when emergency agencies and hospitals lose their vital communications?

December 21, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Local group offers free ride home for tipsy partygoers

An early 1980s rock band popularized Jenny's 867-5309 telephone number, but if you are planning to drink over the holidays, you may want to call Bill instead.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Holiday travelers making plans for the journey home

At 5:10 p.m. Monday, Claretta Shaffers knew exactly where she wanted to be.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Favorite Christmas carols will never go out of style

Some songs capture an event so well, their message transcends multiple generations.

December 20, 2009 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Community steps up for Toys for Tots

Thanks to area agencies, students and the community, Toys for Tots was able to meet its goal this year of giving 6,000 toys to needy children in the Gainesville and Hall County community.

December 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Experts say area trees are vulnerable

As of late, when it comes to rain it is either feast or famine.

December 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Healthy Monday: Kick the habit with local help

Changing your habits can be hard, but the new year can be a good time to get a fresh start, said psychologist Mark King.

December 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Antioch Baptist Church celebrates the reason for the season

Families and friends gathered Sunday afternoon at Antioch Baptist Church to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the church's annual Christmas Concert.

December 20, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


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Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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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