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Jefferson schools discuss applying for charter status

To transition or not to transition to a charter system - that is the question on the minds of members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education and system staff.

March 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


State looks into HOV toll on I-85

Commuters with deep pockets may someday get a ticket to ride in the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 85.

March 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Three years after brutal farmhouse murders, trio of suspects await trial

Three years have passed since David Hannah got an early-morning call from a nurse telling him his daughter had been shot.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Growing Hall County heads toward 200,000

Gainesville is among the fastest growing areas in the nation and many local residents are not surprised.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Spell’s ex-employees say they didn’t know about scheme

Three people who worked for accused Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell say they had no idea he was bilking investors in his heavy equipment company and should not be named as defendants in a lawsuit against him.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Peace Corps volunteers affected by Forsyth woman’s death

Peace Corps volunteer JP Banks said the untimely death of 24-year-old Kate Puzey in West Africa earlier this month is a reminder of his own service and risks abroad.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Three Hall roads on state’s stimulus project list

Three Hall County roads are included on a list of 135 Georgia Department of Transportation projects that may be funded with federal stimulus money.

March 21, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall commissioner believes annexation is for speed trap

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks alleges that the only reason the Gainesville Police Department is interested in annexing property along Interstate 985 near Oakwood is to set up speed traps as a revenue source.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall spelling champ places 7th in state bee

Parker Ramey proved he could hang with the big dogs Friday at the state championship spelling bee in Atlanta.

March 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sixth rabies case confirmed in Hall County

Another case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County, bringing the 2009 total to six.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Redevelopment authority attorney replaced

Emily Bagwell was chosen as new attorney for the Gainesville-Hall County Redevelopment Authority at its Friday meeting.

March 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson School Board retreat touches on class success

Members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education spent the first day of their annual retreat reflecting on the past and planning for the future.

March 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Troy Hester found guilty of murder

Troy Hester said his girlfriend shot herself, but a Hall County jury didn't buy it.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local company’s gadget nets $10,000 award

A pair of engineers who have developed an automated system for retrieving individual items in warehouses were honored Friday with a $10,000 award from an Ohio-based firm.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Anna Ruby Falls construction delayed

The reopening of the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area near Helen, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until April 4.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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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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