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Are these neighbors environmental stewards or causing suffocation?

Surrounded by steam and massive soybean storage bins, Matt Pearson is the affable guy at the helm of one of Gainesville's most profitable and polluting industries.

December 12, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Annual shopping trip brings officers, kids together

A group of law enforcement officers helped show kids the spirit of Christmas Saturday morning at the annual Shop with a Cop program.

December 12, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


US extends first-time homebuyer credit until April

There's good news if you put plans on hold to purchase your first home because you thought you'd missed the boat on the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit.

December 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Georgia educators ‘Race to the Top’

Georgia's public schools - and some local leaders - are competing in their own version of "The Amazing Race."

December 12, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DOT falling behind on maintenance work

Rain has been good for Lake Lanier, filling it up and more, but it hasn't been so kind to the area's state roads.

December 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


RAW VIDEO: Gainesville's Elephant Walk

December 12, 2009 | Times sports video | Local


Red Elephants head for the Dome

Saturday's send-off for the Gainesville football team to the state title game was especially meaningful for Kim Davis.

December 12, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Local


Wager pits peaches vs. poultry

When Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell heard Gainesville High School would be playing Peach County High School for the football state championship, he couldn't pass up the chance for a good-natured bet.

December 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cheerleader, mascot race to be belles of the (foot)ball

What happens when you are presented with not one, but two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities on the same day? How do you choose?

December 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Budget cuts force White County camp’s closure

Gail Chambers took her teenage grandsons to half a dozen psychologists for their behavioral problems, but it wasn't until they spent six months roughing it in a Cleveland wilderness camp that she saw a change.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Old sewer rates irk Hall residents

Some South Hall residents are frustrated that county commissioners have yet to set new sewer rates after almost a year of study.

December 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sheriff speaks to kids on drug perils

The cautionary stories Steve Cronic told fifth-grade students involved real people from Hall County. The pro football player. The popular girl. The jail trustee battling addiction.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch High students give big to help CASA

Despite the dread of final exams, students at Flowery Branch High School are getting into the holiday spirit.

December 11, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


3 local schools named to ‘Best High Schools’ bronze list

Three of U.S. News & World Report's top 29 Georgia high schools are right here in Hall County.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Firefighters put out blaze at home on Cleveland Highway

Firefighters have put out a blaze at a two-story colonial home on Cleveland Highway. There are no injuries.

December 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional 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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