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7th-graders show they care by helping others

Local middle schoolers are putting down the video games and practicing good deeds to show family, teachers and community residents they care.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Child molester gets 12 years in prison, 8 more on probation

Jeremy Puckett was caught molesting a 3-year-old girl by a woman he thought was sleeping and later gave a full confession to investigators.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch prepares to carve next year's budget

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council is gearing up for budget season.

February 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Doctor says time was right for free dental clinic

A local dentist who offered free care last Friday for people who are struggling financially said he was overwhelmed by the response.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Board hopes to plug leaky school ceilings

While most North Georgians reach for umbrellas on rainy days, the students and teachers of several Gainesville schools reach for buckets to place under leaky roofs.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Grady hospital wants $2 million from Hall

For Hall County, the bad news was receiving a surprise bill for $2 million. The good news was learning it didn't have to pay it.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabid cat attacks pet owners in Gainesville

Two Gainesville residents will have to undergo preventive rabies treatment after being bitten last week by a rabid cat.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early SPLOST voting draws around 70

Tuesday was the first day of early voting for SPLOST VI but there wasn't much of a rush to get to the polls.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT open house will show alternative routes as bridge is repaired

A nearly 50-year-old Jackson County bridge is on the Georgia Department of Transportation's shortlist for replacement.

February 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville to let Brenau seek alcohol permits for special events

The Gainesville City Council changed the rules Tuesday, making it possible for colleges and universities to serve alcohol at campus events and making it unlawful to smoke in city parks.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville council to set rules for businesses that want tax money to redevelop

Gainesville officials are gearing up to dole out funds in the city's tax allocation district, and developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex may be the first to use them.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont dog wins Best of Breed at Westminster show

A Hall County dog still is basking in the limelight after winning Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City last week.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funeral home unveils presidential room

The faces of all 43 men who have led the United States of America since 1789 are now on display at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Need a tax aide? AARP can help

With help from the AARP, hundreds of local folks are saving time and money when filing their tax returns this season.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Businesses turn to each other in tough economy

JEFFERSON - Despite tough economic times, businesses in downtown Jefferson are determined to make it.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | 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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