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Flowery Branch OKs new sewer laws, plus surcharge

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to approve laws governing sewer use in the city, including adding a $15-per-month surcharge to businesses to help pay for testing and inspections.

July 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia’s newest laws now in effect

Starting today, Georgia becomes the first state in the nation to have a law allowing adoption of an embryo.

July 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Little Gillsville keeps chugging along, up 16 since 2000

GILLSVILLE - Other than the fried okra at Jeannie's Cafe, there's not much to speak of in this little town.

July 01, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Numbers show growth in South Hall may be slowing

The smoke may be clearing from a population explosion in the south end of Hall County.

July 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville native leaves helm of UGA alumni group

Although the University of Georgia Alumni Association welcomes a new president today, Gainesville native Trey Paris isn't going to step back just yet.

June 30, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Local radio pioneer earns lifetime achievement award

John Jacobs has seen his radio business go worldwide in 60 years but says success lies in staying local.

June 30, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Flowery Branch sewer law would add surcharge for some businesses

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council could vote today to add a $15-per-month surcharge for commercial sewer users to help pay for testing

June 30, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


July Fourth events

  • "North Georgia's Largest Fireworks Show," Braselton. Racing and fireworks. Qualifying at 6 p.m.; race at 7 p.m. Friday, Lanier National Speedway, 1 Raceway Drive, Braselton. $20 general admission, $5 age 11 and younger, free for age 5 and younger; $10 trackside parking. 770-967-8600.
  • American Legion fireworks, Gainesville. Sponsored by Paul E. Bolding Post 7. Snow cones, hot dogs, horse shoes and fireworks at dusk. Noon Saturday, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.
  • Fourth of July Celebration, Helen. Music by David Blackmon & Curley Maple, games, food and drinks. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Rivermist Lodge, 6965 ...

June 30, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Justices reverse Hall malpractice case

A lengthy medical malpractice case that stemmed from a tick bite may be heading for a retrial after the Georgia Supreme Court this week reversed a jury's verdict that cleared four Gainesville doctors of negligence.

June 30, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville to appeal open records ruling, wants letter's names kept private

Gainesville will appeal a decision made by a Hall County judge last week.

June 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mormons pick South Hall leader, boundary lines for attendance at new site

Boundary lines for South Hall's new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been drawn and they take in a chunk of northeast Gwinnett and southeast Hall counties.

June 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holly tree suffers damage from fire

Gainesville officials are uncertain about the fate of the holly tree in downtown Gainesville following a fire that left a section of the tree singed and brown.

June 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


City may increase Georgia Mountains Center rental fees

The cheapest game in town may get a little more expensive.

June 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Newtown Florist Club's summer campers learn to be ladies and leaders

When you come here, you learn to be a lady.

June 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Oakwood rolls out its red carpet for City Manager Stan Brown

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown was honored during a surprise ceremony Monday morning as he returned to work after spending six months in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

June 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | 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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