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Sardis Elementary one step closer to charter status

With the official support of the Sardis Elementary School community, the school is now one step closer to becoming a charter school in the 2009-10 school year.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council OKs 2009 tax rate

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to a tax rate supporting the 2009 budget.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools hope tax collections curb debt

As Gainesville residents mull over their plan to pay the property tax bills sitting on the dining room table, the Gainesville school system is waiting patiently to collect on its new increased tax rate.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rep. Nathan Deal set to speak tonight

Rep. Nathan Deal is set to speak on the condition of the government at 7:30 p.m. today at Gainesville Masonic Lodge located at 621 Lakeshore Drive.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fraud case attracts attention from feds

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta has taken the lead in the ongoing investigation of an alleged fraud scheme involving a Gainesville business.

October 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Charter expects to have cable customers in Gainesville back on line soon

Charter Communications subscribers will be without TV, Internet and phone service until around noon, said a Charter representative.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The Times seeks World War II veterans for special salute

It has been 63 years since the end of the largest conflict in world history, and those who fought in it are, and will forever be known as, The Greatest Generation.

October 25, 2008 | | Local


Fraud victim tracked suspect to Clermont

It took Robert Hodges eight years to find Wendell Spell and get back the $17,000 he was owed.

October 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools cut budgets amid dark economic times

Hall County educators are slashing the school system's budget now to be "better safe than sorry" as the state and national budget pictures continue to darken.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Collins: Being a chaplain in Iraq requires communication

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 25, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to negotiate buyback from developer

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Monday to negotiate buying back sewer and water tap fees from a company that, because of the stalled housing market, has put off plans for a townhome development.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Paying with cash won’t necessarily get you a better deal

Cash on the barrel head.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville property tax bills (almost) are in the mail

Gainesville property owners can expect their tax bills to arrive in the next week.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Changes under way at WNEG-TV

If you tuned in to WNEG-TV, Channel 32 out of Toccoa, on Sunday afternoon expecting to see a football game between the Steelers and the Bengals, you may have been surprised to see the Roughriders take on the Tiger-Cats instead.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Back in the golden days: Dahlonega event attracts hundreds

DAHLONEGA - The annual fall festival "Gold Rush Days," sponsored this year by the Dahlonega Jaycees, drew hundreds to the Northeast Georgia town this past weekend for a mix of arts and crafts and tasty food.

October 23, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


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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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