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Local couple honored for philanthropy

Anne and George Thomas were honored at the North Georgia Community Foundation's "Philanthropist of the Year" luncheon for their generous contribution of time and resources to a multitude of health care and educational agencies.

November 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville council raises water, sewer rates

The Gainesville City Council voted to increase 2010 water and sewer rates by about 6 percent at its meeting Tuesday morning.

November 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Army Reserve unit gets rousing send-off

The Gainesville-based 802nd Ordnance Company's journey to Riverside Military Academy on Tuesday began eight months ago with an e-mail.

November 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Burglary suspect eludes police

A man wanted on burglary charges eluded arrest this morning, prompting police to notify Enota Elementary School officials that a foot chase was under way.

November 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County confirms 18th rabies case of 2009

Hall County has confirmed its 18th confirmed rabies case of the year in an incident involving a skunk and a dog Thursday on Farmer Road in North Hall.

November 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Board seeks community input on Fair Street school

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy and the old middle school will get new roofs this spring, but the Gainesville school board is asking the community for input on how to proceed with Fair Street IB World School, which continues to deteriorate under heavy rains and electrical problems.

November 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family left searching for help after company files bankruptcy

What started out as a normal work day for truck driver Kenny Whitey quickly turned into one that would alter the course of his family's history.

November 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Law enforcement cracking down on seat belt usage

Across the state, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on seat belt use this holiday season.

November 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Tornado siren test in Hall County set for Wednesday

At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, Hall County Central Communications/E911 will conduct an audible test of the severe weather warning system. This will only be a test. The sirens will sound for about three minutes.

November 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Need help with heat bill? Apply for aid

Households may apply for assistance with their home heating bills beginning on Dec. 1. One-time payments will be made with checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of all eligible households.

November 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch mulls Buford firm’s TAD request

Flowery Branch City Council is set to vote Wednesday on whether to approve a tax allocation district reimbursement request for the developer of a planned $15 million downtown project.

November 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church aims to spread Christmas cheer around the world

It's not even Thanksgiving, but Lakewood Baptist Church is hoping people will do a little Christmas shopping this week for a child across the world.

November 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Plaintiff: Novelist destroyed evidence

Questions of whether Haywood Smith defamed her childhood acquaintance in her 2003 novel took a backseat Monday to discussions about whether the author of "The Red Hat Club" intentionally destroyed evidence pertinent to the lawsuit against her.

November 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County, Oakwood at odds over proposed annexation

Hall County and the city of Oakwood will take their dispute over annexation into arbitration next month.

November 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville may use DOT funds to fix roads

The Gainesville City Council will consider accepting funds from the state Department of Transportation's Local Assistance Road Program today.

November 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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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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