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It’s llama llove: Competing pack animals bring out enthusiasts

They're cute. They're soft. And, oh yeah, they can weigh up to 400 pounds.

September 27, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Employment group broadens how disabilities are defined

A year after the Americans with Disabilities Act was updated, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking to bring its regulations in line with the changes.

September 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Rival schools rally to aid cancer cure

Cancer statistics, however unsettling, often go in one ear and out the other. That is until you or someone you know - perhaps your child or someone you go to school with - has it.

September 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hoschton festival, pageant draw crowds despite weather

HOSCHTON - Despite a rainy Saturday morning, people still packed the streets of Hoschton to celebrate the city's 35th annual fall festival.

September 27, 2009 | By Katie Dunn and Claire Miller news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Illegal taxis drive under city's radar

Jose Luis Diaz, owner of Fiesta Cab Company in Gainesville, says he does everything by the book. But now, he says his business is suffering because others don't.

September 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sports car fans get a wet day at the track

BRASELTON - Driver Wolf Henzler was impressed by the throng of racing fans walking the paddocks in windbreakers and galoshes prior to the start of Saturday's 12th annual Petit Le Mans.

September 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family's closure brings no comfort

Joan Praet winced somewhat as she heard the word.

September 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clear, cool week ahead after rainy Saturday

Another day of heavy rain Saturday may be the last of the wet stuff we see for awhile.

September 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Football team honored nearly 54 years later

Today's Fair Street IB World School Tigers celebrated the football champions of yesteryear on Friday.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Judge claims Division of Family and Children Services very understaffed

A Hall County judge says the local office of the Division of Family and Children Services has reached a crisis in staffing levels that could endanger the welfare of children, a contention that state officials deny.

September 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Board rules Simmons can't run for re-election

Elections officials ruled Friday that longtime Gainesville school board member Kelvin Simmons cannot run for re-election because his wife works as an administrator at one of the system's schools.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Heavy rain, storms likely to return to area

A few welcome days of sunshine and clear skies are expected to give way to rain clouds again by this afternoon.

September 25, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Police: Suspect in child porn case did not work with kids

JEFFERSON - Although a child pornography case involving Lolan Ernest Reeves Jr. is still pending, officials say it doesn't appear that Reeves worked directly with children.

September 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Volunteers help bring back Champion Tree contest

State budget cuts put Hall County's annual Champion Tree contest on hold last year, but with the help of a team of volunteers, the program is back.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Humane Society changes name, coverage area

To go along with its new identity as an independent, no-kill shelter, the Humane Society also is changing its name and coverage area.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


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Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | 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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