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Forum offers frank talk on youth sex, harassment

Dexter Wimbish said the lessons of Marcus Dixon and Genarlow Wilson should serve as an example of the trouble adolescents can find themselves in if they engage in sexual activity.

February 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth woman charged with burning her own home

Investigators believe that a Cumming woman charged Friday with burning down her own house also was directly involved in the spray-painting of racially-charged graffiti on a fence next to the burned home.

February 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Armed Buford man arrested near school after chase

A Buford man who fled from a traffic stop made by Hall County sheriff's deputies Friday was arrested on the grounds of a Gwinnett County school with a loaded handgun in his pocket, authorities said.

February 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Anna Ruby Falls to close for renovations

The Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest north of Helen, will be closed to the public beginning Monday as a renovation project gets under way.

February 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Habitat builds disabled vet and wife a new house

A disabled Vietnam veteran took the first steps into his new home Friday, flanked by his wife and the people who helped build it.

February 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Public's help needed to ID suspects

Gainesville police are asking for the public's help in identifying armed robbery suspects seen in a surveillance video from an Atlanta Highway liquor store.

February 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia tax collections down 14 percent

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday that the state's net revenue collections for January declined 14.3 percent, a decrease of $262 million, compared to last year.

February 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


One second-grade class asked its students, ‘What if you were president?’

When President Barack Obama was elected in November, teachers told students that regardless of their race, they, too, could become president one day.

February 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Georgia College and State University adds new master's degrees

North Georgia College & State University has two new feathers in its cap.

February 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lawyer claims judge could decide client’s competency

The decision on whether a man accused of raping and killing a 4-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial likely will be made next month.Whether that decision is made by a judge or a jury remains to be seen.

February 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hoschton residents load up against firing range

HOSCHTON - Noise from a firing range in Braselton has upset several local residents, and they voiced their concerns this week at a Hoschton City Council meeting.

February 06, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Club to put harassment in spotlight

Some students will be getting a lesson Saturday on where it's appropriate to touch or be touched.

February 06, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Former city manager hired as Colquitt County administrator

Former Gainesville city manager Bryan Shuler, who left the city amid an investigation of sexual harassment, has been hired as administrator for Colquitt County in South Georgia.

February 06, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Library patrons ‘clamoring’ for ParkPasses

Before you pack up for a trip to a state park or historic site, you may want to stop by your local library first.

February 06, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


More charges in Forsyth fire could come today

A woman who lost her house in suspicious fire Jan. 18 could be charged in connection with the blaze as early as today, authorities said.

February 05, 2009 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | 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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