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Deportations up 63 percent in Georgia, the Carolinas

There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Study emphasizes expanding existing reservoirs

A study ordered in the wake of the epic drought gripping Georgia concluded that authorities should first devote resources toward expanding existing reservoirs before building new ones.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Flowery Branch gives first OK to Sterling on the Lake expansion

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to a nearly 200-home expansion of the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula moves forward with Veterans Park

The Lula City Council met Wednesday to discuss funding for a proposed Veterans Park on which they are set to break ground next week.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hospital's 2008 Marketplace draws buyers, vendors

Faithful attendees of the annual Marketplace come from far and wide to peruse the items that vendors offer.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


First babe welcomed at Women's Pavilion

The stork has landed.

November 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Chinooks land at airport for a night

Four CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Georgia National Guard were at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport overnight following Tuesday's election.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Reservist talks to academy about observing Veterans Day

Sporting a dark United States Air Force pilot suit, Maj. Jason Rue told Lanier Career Academy students of his days in combat in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan at an assembly emphasizing the importance of Veterans Day.

November 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lunch gives women tips on finances

Fledgling organization WomenSource drew a crowd of more than 100 to its monthly brown bag luncheon with advice on how to manage money in a bad economy.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Trench collapse injures worker at site of hospital's imaging center

A construction worker was injured seriously Wednesday after a trench collapsed on him at the construction site of the hospital's new imaging center on Sims Street.

November 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall representative serving in Iraq can't vote in caucus

A state representative from Hall County who is on active duty in Iraq sent an e-mail to his Republican colleagues Wednesday saying he is being kept from making an absentee vote for speaker and other leaders of the Georgia House.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has been on active duty in Iraq since September. His assignment is expected to end in January, in time for the legislative session in Atlanta.

November 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville man is involved in Statesboro wreck

A woman driving on the wrong side of the road early Saturday morning in Statesboro remains in stable, but serious condition after a collision with an oncoming car, police said.

November 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Free lunch and financial seminar set for Thursday

WomenSource will hold its first monthly "brown bag lunch" at noon Thursday at the Francis Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.

November 09, 2008 | | Local


Want a Habitat house? Go to a meeting

There are only two application meetings remaining for families seeking to apply for Habitat for Humanity housing next year.

November 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Best Buy grocery begins rebuilding

Work to restore a Flowery Branch landmark has gotten under way.

November 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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