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‘Big Buddy’ thanks business owner for role in grandchild’s adoption

Gov. Sonny Perdue came to Gainesville on Tuesday in his role as "Big Buddy," the name he is called by his grandchildren.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue won’t wait for Washington aid

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he is not basing his plans for the state in 2009 on mere prospects of help from the Obama administration.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall plans to extend radio system

Hall County made the first steps toward extending its massive 800 MHz radio system after applying for a grant from Homeland Security to build three new sites.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire training planned today in Flowery Branch

Hall County fire services will be conducting fire training exercises today in Flowery Branch, and smoke or flames may be visible at times, officials said.

Capt. Scott Cagle said firefighters will set fire to portions of a 1,200-square-foot house at 5207 Mulberry St. beginning at 10 a.m. The exercise should be wrapped up by 5 p.m., Cagle said.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch proud of Falcons’ success

FLOWERY BRANCH - Forget that Flowery Branch High School is a cross-town rival. Kelly Woodard will be pulling hard for the Falcons on Saturday.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Huge development near Lula might get approval today

Mammoth multiuse development Cane Creek will come before the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a vote at today's 5 p.m. meeting, and many think there will be no opposition to the project.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


5-vehicle wreck now cleared on Thompson Bridge Road

Gainesville Police say southbound lanes of Thompson Bridge Road should be open after being blocked for nearly two hours this morning.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sundance Products lays off about 80 workers

Falling oil prices have resulted in the layoff of approximately 80 workers from a plastics recycling company with locations in Gainesville and Gwinnett County.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Woodard is named as Hall’s solicitor

Gainesville attorney Stephanie Woodard, a defense lawyer, advocate for recovering addicts and former prosecutor, was appointed Tuesday as Hall County's solicitor-general.

December 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville council to vote Thursday on former city manager's severance package

It looks as if there will be a decision Thursday on former City Manager Bryan Shuler's severance pay.

December 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Census report reveals much about how we live

A survey released today by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 27 percent of Hall County residents older than 25 don't have a high school education and one in three households headed by a single mother with children younger than 5 is living below the poverty level.

December 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


ZF won't build new plant

An official with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce confirmed Tuesday that ZF Industries will forego plans to build a new plant in Industrial Park West. Instead, the company will add a new transmission manufacturing line at its existing facility on Palmour Drive.

December 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A changing of the guard for Hall County sheriff's honor unit

Every 11 days on average, more than 170 times a year, Lt. Neal Bagwell donned the brown, full dress uniform of the Hall County Sheriff's Honor Guard.

December 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, East Hall named among top high schools

Gainesville and East Hall high schools were awarded bronze medals from U.S. News & World Report magazine in its 2009 ranking of the nation's best high schools.

December 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man kills self in store parking lot

A 75-year-old man committed suicide in the parking lot of the Food Lion supermarket in Oakwood today, police said.

December 17, 2008 | | Local


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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


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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