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Family of slain gang member begs friends not to join

To hear Martha Garcia tell it, her brother did not have any friends.

August 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Violent gang crimes rare, authorities say

Though a fatal Aug. 9 shooting draws attention to the potential for gang violence in the area, most reported gang-related crimes are not violent, officials say.

August 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax appeals on rise in Jackson County

The economy may be down, but the same can't be said for property tax appeals in Jackson County.

August 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Recent shooting highlights the violent world of street gangs

Juan "Baby P-Nut" Gomez said he wanted to get out of gang life, but he didn't do it soon enough.

August 22, 2009 | BY Stephen Gurr AND Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gang task force keeps a high profile

The baby blue shirt is a dead giveaway.

August 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Funeral expense a double blow in today’s tough times

In trying economic times, expenses such as a funeral, which can cost thousands of dollars, can take a toll on a family.

August 22, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Touch-A-Truck event draws crowd in its 10th year

Horns were honking, kids were smiling and parents were holding up their cameras at the 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday morning sponsored by the Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

August 22, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


HEROs can be just that to those stranded on interstates

FLOWERY BRANCH - South Hall motorists may soon see the bright yellow truck a little more often as they're tooling down Interstate 985.

August 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health officials tackle flu fears

With the school year in full swing, public health officials say they have received many phone calls from parents who are worried that their children have been infected with the H1N1 flu virus.

August 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Two men indicted in fatal gang shooting

A Hall County grand jury has indicted two men in an Aug. 9 gang-related shooting that killed one teen and injured three others.

August 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former ZF Industries employee found guilty of embezzlement

The longtime accounting manager of a Gainesville transmission plant was found guilty Friday in an embezzlement scheme exceeding half a million dollars.

August 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homework help is available through area library system

It's 6 p.m., teachers have left the school for the day and your child needs help with their homework. What do you do now?

August 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Group takes nominees for year’s top philanthropist

The North Georgia Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Philanthropist of the Year Award.

August 21, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Jefferson students share pastries with their parents

JEFFERSON - Most kids would rather sleep in an extra half-hour than get to school before 7:30 a.m., but not Dylan Paulus.

August 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


GED honor grad leaves crime, drugs behind, turns life around

Most days around lunchtime, Brandon Martin flashes a winning smile to customers from behind a counter of deli meats, cheeses and veggies.

August 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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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