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Schofield: Students affected by city's annexation plans

The leader of the Hall County school system pleaded with Gainesville City Council members to consider how the city's proposed annexations could affect the system's district lines now and in the future.

August 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia SAT scores drop in 2009

Georgia's average SAT scores for 2009 fall below the national average, while the state's black and Hispanic students scored above their peer groups nationally, the state Department of Education reports.

August 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall emergency planners update hazardous spill strategy

Imagine it is 3 a.m. on a Wednesday morning: The streets of Hall County are pretty empty, except for a tractor-trailer carrying hundreds of containers of highly flammable liquid down Thompson Bridge Road.

August 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Furlough days complicate Hall County library schedule

The Hall County Library Board approved the library system's 2010 furlough schedule at its meeting Tuesday.

August 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sen. Chambliss wants no public option in health care reform

While U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he applauds President Barack Obama for making health care reform a priority, the Georgia Republican is in no way interested in supporting a bill that creates a public health care option.

August 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau University celebrates ‘wonderful blessing’ of new campus in South Atlanta

Brenau University celebrated the grand opening of its new South Atlanta/Fairburn regional campus Tuesday.

August 25, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Some Interstate 85 rest stops now closed

The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 85 rest areas off the northbound lanes in Franklin County and southbound lanes in Gwinnett County.

August 25, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Adams says UGA is near its capacity

Fall enrollment at the University of Georgia is coming close to maxing out at about 34,000 students, and an increasing number of high school seniors hoping to become Georgia Bulldogs next year may be out of luck.

August 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


2 ask Hall County to put pastor's name on intersection

Two Hall County residents are hoping the intersection in front of New Holland Baptist Church will one day bear the name of one of its longtime pastors, the Rev. Henry Grady Jarrard.

August 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia may widen US 441 from Clayton to North Carolina

A busy North Georgia road frequented by tourists shopping for antiques or stopping for glimpses of mountain scenery could get a major makeover.

August 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Bird calls aren’t the only ‘tweets’ coming from DNR

Even a hunter can be tech-savvy.

August 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson to join property verification program

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City Council has decided to join county efforts to uncover additional tax revenue.

August 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Turning Point plans expansion to help more men

With the help of the Gainesville City Council, Turning Point Recovery Resources will be able to reach out to more men who are recovering from substance abuse issues.

August 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Layoffs swell Lanier Tech enrollment

When David Strickland graduated from Johnson High School more than 20 years ago, he didn't ever expect to fill a seat in his high school drafting teacher's classroom again.

August 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Proposed rules address exotic pets, livestock

Hall County Animal Control has made a number of policy changes that apply to a variety of animals, including snakes and horses.

August 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Local officials take wait-and-see approach over proposal for failing schools

Local school officials are still assessing the plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal to tackle the problem of Georgia's chronically failing schools.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | 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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