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Blood donations hit emergency lows after weeks of bad weather

Yellow signs with "Emergency Need" in bold letters were posted this weekend around Hall County as the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobiles tried to offset a shortage caused by weather earlier this month.

March 08, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: South Hall Middle students organizing water fundraiser

Sixth-graders at South Hall Middle School want to help bring drinking water to South Sudan.

March 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Department of Natural Resources promotes Lake Lanier supervisor to major

After a decade as the law enforcement operations supervisor for one of the nation's busiest lakes, Thomas Barnard will now join the command staff for Georgia's Department of Natural Resources.

March 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Crossover Day: Make-or-break time looms for state legislation

Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta is fast approaching. Legislation must pass out of the House or Senate, wherever it originates, by midnight Friday, or else it will die this year.

March 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Appalachian Regional Commission has pumped $66.5 million into N. Georgia

Gainesville's Fleming Weaver knows firsthand how Appalachian Regional Commission dollars have benefited North Georgia.

March 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Grady Young Foundation to hold 12th annual scholarship weekend

For more than a decade, the Grady Young Foundation has supported the community through scholarship, service and collaboration.

March 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


No injuries in boat fire Saturday night

Fire destroyed an unoccupied boat in South Hall Saturday night.

March 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New Medical Center chief buys into vision

The young business major was stumped when his counselor at Mississippi College suggested hospital administration.

March 08, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deal: Improving economy requires better education, roads

It's the last hurrah for Gov. Nathan Deal, the final go-round.

March 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gospel music concert gives back to Disabled American Veterans

A gospel music concert Saturday was put on by the Disabled American Veterans at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. Last year's concert raised about $9,000 for the DAV to help provide food, services and occasionally a paid bill for veterans in need.

March 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Experts address learning to live after child abuse

When an 8-year-old girl blew out the candles on her birthday cake in January, she made three wishes instead of one.

March 07, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


No one hurt in Flowery Branch house fire

A house fire Saturday afternoon in Flowery Branch caused extensive damage, but no one was injured.

March 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Gran Prix cycle event draws hundreds to Clermont

March 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville

A 7-year-old girl who is shoved around and called "fat" by classmates now is afraid to go to school.

March 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Verizon debuts new Gainesville store on Dawsonville Highway

Can you see me now? Good.

March 07, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Suspect in $150K meth bust arrested in Las Vegas after escaping Hall authorities

A man is now in custody following an investigation into about $150,000 worth of methamphetamine found at two locations in Hall County in December.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities identify woman killed, man injured in boat wreck

Authorities released the identities involved in a boating incident that killed a Buford woman and injured a man Sunday night off Ga. 369 in the Chestatee Bay area of Lake Lanier.

March 16, 2015 | Times 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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