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New Year’s Eve quiet on Hall County, Gainesville streets

New Year's Eve proved to be a rather tame night for local law enforcement.

January 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood points the way with new signs

Oakwood wants to help direct visitors to its destinations.

January 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lanier swimmers get a bracing start to the new year

In an organized fashion, groups of brave swimmers jumped one after another into the 50-degree waters of Lake Lanier late Thursday morning.

January 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County’s first born of 2015 comes early

It seems Kelan Reece Hollis just couldn't wait to enter the world any longer.

January 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire damages Lula home

Three people tried to extinguish a fire at a Lula home early this morning before calling 911 for help, according to Hall County Fire Services.

January 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Holiday Hope: Vision impairment doesn’t slow Gainesville woman in reaching her goals

January 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area Boy Scouts assist pilot of downed plane

When three area men joined their Scouting troop on an annual canoe trip over the Christmas holiday, they were met with a little more than the typical camping experience.

January 01, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge & Bar: Victim’s last words will not be heard in courtroom

The hearsay of a West Avenue shooting victim will not be admissible in court, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller ruled Dec. 16.

January 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


A look ahead: Top local government stories to watch in 2015

One look into the crystal ball reveals several top local government stories to watch in 2015, though there are always sure to be surprises when it comes to city and county politics and policy.

December 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch mother, daughter charged in State Court with prostitution

A Flowery Branch mother and daughter accused of prostitution have been charged in Hall County State Court with additional counts.

December 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hunt continues for suspect in attempted bank robbery in Forsyth County

December 31, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Kentucky man arrested after robbery at Dawsonville Kroger

December 31, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man struck by jailer sues Hall County

A Gainesville man who was struck by a former Hall County jailer filed a civil suit last week against Hall County.

December 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Raising taxes suggested to fix Georgia road woes

A 1-cent statewide sales tax that would generate some $1.4 billion per year is among several "funding options" a state legislative committee is suggesting the General Assembly consider to improve transportation.

December 31, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


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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


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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