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State lawmakers rush to beat 30th-day deadline for bills

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 11, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY AND BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local




No one hurt in Hall County house fire

No one was hurt but heavy damage resulted from a house fire Wednesday afternoon east of Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State Senate approves resolution to change Advanced Placement U.S. history exam

ATLANTA - The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.

March 11, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Civil War series to continue at UNG-Gainesville

A panel discussion is set for tonight at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus on the Civil War's aftermath, including environmental impact on Georgia, Reconstruction and political effects.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boy Scouts award 3 area leaders

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council honored three community leaders Tuesday night at the 2015 Gainesville American Values Dinner at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Final hearing set on plan for Hall area roads

Area residents have one more opportunity to comment on recommendations in the Hall County area's 2040 transportation plan.

March 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Girl Scouts recognize Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner

Ruth Bruner is a beacon of light and staunch feminist, according to her sons.

March 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Author speaks to 6th graders reading her WWII novel

Author Muffet Frische spoke to sixth-graders on Tuesday at C.W. Davis Middle School in Flowery Branch. She told the students, who are reading her book, how it was inspired by her cousin's experiences during World War II. The book is a historical novel set in northern California about children that fought to keep their town alive while their parents were serving on battlefields and working in factories during the war.

March 11, 2015 | | Local


House passes state parole board bill

A change in policy that would make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent overwhelmingly passed last week in the Georgia House.

March 11, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Hall County Schools to make up lost days

Students in Hall County schools are probably not happy to know they will be in school two days later this year.

March 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville planning board OKs new brewery location

It's not quite back to the drawing board, but Left Nut Brewing Co. is once again seeking approval from Gainesville officials to open the city's first craft brewery.

March 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville father and son sentenced to prison for bilking Cobb widow

A father and son from Gainesville have been sentenced to prison after being convicted of racketeering for taking millions of dollars from a Cobb County widow, according to the district attorney for the Cobb Judicial Circuit.

March 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Ice storm cleanup price tag keeps climbing for Gainesville

As local governments continue to clear streets and remove storm debris from roadways left by the ice storm in mid-February, the costs are starting to pile up.

March 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Alkermes selling Gainesville pharmaceutical plant

A manufacturing facility in Gainesville for pharmaceutical company Alkermes is being sold by the Ireland-based company.

March 10, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


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Hobby Lobby in, Chipotle still mum on retail location

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food chain serving made-to-order burritos and tacos, has plans to open a location on Dawsonville Highway near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold open house series

Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold a series of open houses in hopes of increasing awareness and enrollment.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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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