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Motorcade takes gifts to patients in regional hospital

Gainesville city employees and school children celebrated the 51st Annual Mayors' Motorcade Send-off Wednesday with holiday tunes and a special visit from Santa.

December 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Arbitration panel sides with Hall County in annex dispute

A state-appointed panel voted 3-2 in favor of Hall County's objection to converting homes into businesses in the Holiday Heights subdivision at an arbitration hearing Wednesday.

December 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water to be off on much of Bradford Street Thursday

Some Bradford Street residents and businesses will be without water Thursday for most of the business day, according to a news release from the city.

December 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Service men, women send messages to area families

"Love you, miss you bunch. Merry Christmas," Maj. Jay McNair said from Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan.

December 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Condemned Dahlonega man dies

Tim Pruitt once said death row could destroy a man's will to live.

December 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain should ease up by midday

Though Gainesville got about half an inch during the day Tuesday, the heaviest rain was expected to fall overnight.

December 08, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Chestatee students showing off their knowledge

Did you know Laika was the first dog in space, but lived only a few hours in her Russian rocket ship? Did you know giraffes have knees that can bend forwards and backwards?

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Grant will help agency increase access for Latinos

An organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals has received a nearly $1 million grant to expand its offering to the Latino community.

December 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gas station opponent now pleased with developers’ plans

Though he fought hard - and lost - against developers who wanted to bring a gas station to the edge of his retirement community, Tuesday night John Snyder spoke on behalf of the owners of the future RaceTrac gas station at the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.

December 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lula officials hope new pump ends rain-induced sewage spills

Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin gets nervous every time it starts to rain.

December 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County set to alter school schedules

The Hall County Board of Education is on track to adopt a hybrid schedule next school year that would allow the system's high schools to operate with 35 fewer teachers. Hall Superintendent Will Schofield estimates the move will annually save the system between $2.5 million and $3 million.

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


SPLOST V collections near target

Despite the economic woes of the last year, SPLOST V collections were nearly on target.

December 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Deaton Creek helping sheriff’s office provide Christmas to needy

HOSCHTON - The Village at Deaton Creek homeowners hope to do their part in providing Christmas for needy families.

December 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man sought in Blairsville woman’s disappearance

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation wants the public's help in finding a man who may be involved in the August disappearance of a Blairsville woman.

December 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Red Cross: Give the gift of life by donating blood

During this season of giving, there's one gift that many people tend to overlook - blood donation.

December 07, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


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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