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Jefferson’s mayor pro tem likes to make his garden grow

As the newly selected mayor pro tempore for the city of Jefferson, Councilman Roy Plott doesn't expect to have too many new responsibilities.

February 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Academy's new building was decades in the making

ATHENS - The new brick building on Oglethorpe Avenue that houses Rutland Academy may have been finished in 2008, but its true beginnings stretch back 40 years to a woman who wanted to help children with special needs.

February 02, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Woman who died in East Hall fire is identified

On Sunday, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck identified the victim of an early Saturday house fire as Patsy Rider of East Hall.

February 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Count on drizzle, but not snow

According to today's forecast, the groundhog is likely not to see his shadow in Gainesville, signaling an early spring.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Super Bowl commercial features Road Atlanta

The car explodes onto the screen while rock music from the Smashing Pumpkins blares in the background.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


New tax could pay for roads

Motorists have plenty of time to consider the workday as their foot switches between gas pedal and brake on Spout Springs Road.

February 02, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health companies complain as Medicare reduces payments for oxygen therapy

Home health companies that provide oxygen therapy are unhappy about new Medicare rules that limit reimbursement, and they warn that the policy change could harm patients.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


It hasn't been a winter wonderland so far

Today is Groundhog Day, and whether or not the chubby rodent sees his shadow, we can predict one thing with absolute certainty: There will be six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman who died in East Hall house fire identified

A 62-year-old woman was found dead in a house fire in East Hall early Saturday, fire officials said.

February 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City leaders want golf course to make par

Gainesville City Council will hold a planning retreat this week, and officials say the profitability of the city's municipal golf course will be on the agenda.

February 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Shoot house practice gives Rangers on-target combat training

BRASELTON - Spc. Daniel Garcia of the 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion had quite the task in front of him. He had to pull a thin sled with a dummy wounded soldier on it 250 feet, lie down and aim his semi-automatic weapon at a target 50 feet away and shoot four rounds each into the remaining targets from different distances.

January 31, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


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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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