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The Times earns 20 AP awards

The Times won eight first-place awards and 20 overall, more than any newspaper in Georgia of any size, in the annual Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Athens shooting sparks nationwide manhunt

ATHENS - Police still are searching for a University of Georgia marketing professor in the shooting deaths of three people, including his wife, Saturday at a community theater near the college campus.

George Zinkhan III, 57, approached a gathering of the Town and Gown Players performance group at Athens Community Theater at noon and fired multiple times before running away, according to Alan Brown, assistant police chief for Athens-Clarke County.

April 26, 2009 | By Carolyn Crist news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Sunny, warm and tasty, events fill the weekend

A warm, sunny afternoon, a plate of grilled chicken and candy falling from the sky - it's hard to imagine a better spring day in Hall County than Saturday.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Competition gives young bird watchers chance to search for a few feathered friends

BRASELTON - With binoculars poised, heads tilted back and eyes trained on the treeline above, Esther Lloyd, 11, Jamie Pearce, 11, and Lindsey Pearce, 10, scan the sky intently until a small body flits past them.

April 26, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Fundraiser planned for emergency shelter

What do motorcycle riders, a singles group and shelter volunteers have in common?

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Antiques examined, restored at history center

Appraiser Richard Williams made a few people's day and left others crestfallen.

April 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Plans firming up for annual Memorial Day parade

This year's Memorial Day Parade on Green Street could get off to a soaring start, with a possible flyover by an Army Black Hawk helicopter.

April 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch class views the world through special ed students

The environmental science class at Flowery Branch High School celebrated Earth Day for an entire week and learned a lot about their peers in the process.

April 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier advocates oppose increased water flows

Two Lake Lanier advocacy groups are upset with a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume regular water discharges from Buford Dam into the Chattahoochee River.

April 24, 2009 | BY HARRIS BLACKWOOD AND ASHLEY FIELDING | Local


Judicial review panel faces budget cut

Budget cuts are threatening the ability of a state commission to effectively investigate complaints against sitting judges, officials say.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle's spinal surgery set for Monday

The spinal surgery that led to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's sudden departure from the governor's race has been scheduled for Monday at Emory University Hospital in an Atlanta.

April 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hoschton residents want say in property tax changes

HOSCHTON - Hoschton resident Kelley Gary wants his neighbors to have a voice when it comes to the possibility of Hoschton having a property tax.

April 24, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Heads Up: ‘Candy Bombing’ today in Flowery Branch

Uncle Wiggly Wings is coming to Flowery Branch.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Laurel Park ramp is ready for boaters

The newly minted Laurel Park Boat Ramp is now open to the public in time for a sunny spring weekend.

April 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Arrest near Murrayville school prompts lockdown

The arrest of a former Dawson County sheriff's investigator near Lanier Elementary School on Friday prompted an evacuation of the playground and a lockdown of the school.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | 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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