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Hall dedicates 2 new fire stations

On Saturday, Hall County Fire Services celebrated the opening of its two newest fire stations, No. 2 and No. 15, with a building dedication ceremony in Clermont.

September 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Celebrating 25 years of Cabbage Patch smiles

CLEVELAND - They threw a big birthday party Saturday in the Cabbage Patch.

Lovers of the Cabbage Patch Kids of all ages marked the puffy-faced dolls' 25th anniversary in Cleveland at an event outside BabyLand General Hospital with cake, rides, giveaways and an appearance by the man who started it all.

September 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Beans and bugs: Flowery Branch draws hungry crowd

FLOWERY BRANCH - Crowds hungry for hot rides and hotter chili gathered Saturday on historic Main Street for the fifth annual Car Show and Chili Cook Off.

September 24, 2008 | | Local


Motorcyclist killed on U.S. 129

One person was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on U.S. 129, officials said.

September 24, 2008 | | Local


Schools unite to duel diabetes

Some might think it strange Kim McNitt steals into her daughter's room in the dead of night and pricks her big toe, drawing just a dot of blood.

Some might think it stranger her 13-year-old daughter doesn't even stir.

September 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Vandalism in North Hall further divides schools

The Gainesville-North Hall football rivalry took an ugly turn this week.

Spray-painted graffiti was discovered Friday morning at an elementary school near North Hall High School, three days after similar vandalism was found at Gainesville High and on the same day the schools' football teams faced off at The Brickyard at North Hall.

September 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Senate president pro tem predicted state's budget shortfall

The Republican leader of the state Senate predicted the state of Georgia's sliding revenues could lead to a $2 billion budget shortfall.

September 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Library system asks how it can serve community’s needs

Everyone knows there are libraries in the community, but many may not be aware of the diverse services offered through the Hall County Library System.

September 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Newtown Florist Club celebrates anniversary

Today, the Newtown Florist Club celebrates not only its 58th anniversary, but 30 years of fighting for environmental justice.

September 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Businesswoman wants to sell building — online

A Gainesville businesswoman is taking a different approach in trying to sell the 3,735-square-foot building that once housed her company.

September 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Does your pet have the look?

Do you have a pet that could pass as a pinup model? Let The Times' readers decide.

September 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Corps seeks input for Lanier operational plan update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold five public meetings in October on updating operational manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

September 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


$50,000 worth of computers stolen from Lanier Tech Forsyth campus

Computers stolen from Lanier Tech campus in Forsyth

September 22, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Atmos Energy granted partial rate increase

The Georgia Public Service Commission Wednesday granted Atmos Energy a $3.4 million rate increase. The company had sought a $6.1 million hike.

September 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lessons from the top

A government class at Flowery Branch High School spent U.S. Constitution Day with a first-rate substitute.

September 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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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