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Jefferson house fire ruled arson

A fire that damaged a home early Monday in the Morgan Creek Subdivision in Jefferson has been ruled an arson by state officials.

March 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Five vehicles rear-end each other on Ga. 60

Five vehicles were involved in a chain of rear-end collisions this morning on Thompson Bridge Road at Club Drive.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Attrition, firings, layoffs could save Gainesville schools $2.8 million

Despite drastic reductions in revenue this year, the Gainesville school board is hopeful it will pay off $1.8 million of its estimated $5.8 million deficit this summer.

March 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Nonprofit transforms old cell phones into calling cards for troops overseas

For soldiers serving overseas, a simple phone call home can be very meaningful.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Steady weekend rains raised Lake Lanier's level by half a foot

The rain that fell on Northeast Georgia this past weekend hardly seemed like a drought-buster. Most of the time, it wasn't much more than a drizzle.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lula to vote on liquor, Dahlonega on council vacancy

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, put on your green and go to the polls.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Student art raises $2,000 for supplies

JEFFERSON - Becoming a professional artist has become child's play at Jefferson Elementary School.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth family mourns daughter’s slaying

CUMMING - The Forsyth County father of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was killed last week in the West African nation of Benin said her personality could brighten any room.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Inquiry begins in Jefferson home fire

A fire on Hamilton Drive in Jefferson that officials are calling suspicious is being investigated by the city's police department and the state fire marshal.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials unsure why patrons got sick at Cumming Publix

CUMMING - A northeastern Forsyth County supermarket has been deemed safe, though authorities are at a loss to explain what sickened several people and forced the store's evacuation Sunday afternoon.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Army corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

March 16, 2009 | | Local


Challenged Child’s new director has background in helping children

As a newly appointed executive director, David Earnest knows that he has his work is cut out for him, but he's ready for the challenge.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


John Jarrard Foundation hires director

The John Jarrard Foundation has hired an executive director, the first step in expanding the foundation into more than an annual benefit concert.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier Career Academy earns charter status

The State Board of Education has granted Lanier Career Academy's charter school request, according to a Hall County schools news release.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | 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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