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Fleet supervisor keeps fire trucks rolling

Ricky Walden is the chief mechanic for some of Hall County's most important vehicles.

September 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Health care expo set for Oct. 7

No health care debate here, as far as the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is concerned.

September 20, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Meetings set to discuss two new parks

The plans for the North Hall park will be presented at a public meeting on Oct. 1 at Mount Vernon Elementary School.

September 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Speakers rally the faithful

OAKWOOD - Two Republican hopefuls for Georgia governor joined a half-dozen other conservative speakers in taking to the pulpit Saturday for a combination of religion and politics aimed at educating and rallying Christian conservatives on national and state issues.

September 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Possible routes stir up dissent

After a careful walk down the rain-slickened slope, Ben Parker stands on the community boat dock in North Hall and scans Lake Lanier.

September 20, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Recent college grad proud of successes

Before Kimberly Hulsey was 3 years old, doctors informed her parents she had a "pervasive developmental disorder."

September 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


First ‘Challenged Child’ gives back to community

The driveway to Challenged Child and Friends bears the name of the school's first student, Randy Owens.

September 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wilson learned a lot as an ‘and Friend’

Emily Wilson began spending her days at Challenged Child and Friends when she was just 6 weeks old.

September 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School helped woman become a ‘normal mommy’

Donna Aldridge now feels like a "normal mommy."

September 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville preschool marks 25 years of helping families

The miracle of a newborn child is heralded with joy and celebration. But where do parents turn for help when their little miracle has a disability?

September 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Club members bound by a love of books

In a small, plain room at the Blackshear Place Library, a handful people gathered in what would appear to an outsider as a typical business meeting.

September 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Despite move indoors, Heart Walk was a success

The foggy and muggy weather didn't bring down the spirit of American Heart Association Heart Walk participants Saturday morning at Riverside Military Academy.

September 19, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


A decade later, Nix's murder still a mystery

Ten years have passed since 18-year-old Elaine Nix made a call from a convenience store pay phone and was never heard from again.

September 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain expected to continue into Sunday and beyond

Any pause in the raindrops over the next few days may be brief, with more likely to start the work week.

September 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Natural gas ‘expert’ will examine your energy bill

Natural gas customers in the Atlanta Gas Light service area can take their gas bills to the Hall County Extension office Monday to discuss how to lower them with a natural gas educator.

September 19, 2009 | From staff reports | 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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