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Tough economy will persist for months, labor commissioner says

Georgia's labor commissioner said Monday that it could be 12 to 18 months before the state begins to emerge from the economic condition that has driven unemployment rolls higher.

August 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Retail group president declares Georgia’s sales tax holiday a success

The president of the Georgia Retail Association said Monday that while final numbers are not in, he believes the state's retailers saw more dollars come into their stores because of the sales tax holiday.

August 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Healthy Monday: About 20 new doctors settle in area, ready to serve you

Summer is the growing season, not just for plants but for Gainesville's medical community.

August 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools offer prepackaged supplies

Some local schools are making the transition from summer to fall a little easier for families by giving them the option of ordering school supplies so they are ready for kids when they start school this week.

August 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Approval of Gainesville schools budget is urgent, Dyer says

Interim Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said Monday night that she believes that passing the Gainesville city school system's 2008-09 budget in August is "of utmost importance."

August 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Little alligator loose in Lake Lanier

A small alligator recently spotted in Lake Lanier has been causing such a stir, you'd think someone had seen the Loch Ness monster.

August 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Veteran journalist takes over as Hall County's new public information officer

Hall County's new public information officer Nikki Young worked her first day Monday, but she is no newcomer to Hall County government.

August 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Diesel costs may curb long field trips for Hall County schools

High diesel prices might place future out-of-state field trips out of reach for students in Hall County schools.

August 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Melia's first-ever day of school

Melia Glover, 5, will attend the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School starting Thursday.

August 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Resident angry at insurer’s mistake

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Monday he is "very concerned" about a mistake that caused the personal information of thousands of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia members to be mailed to the wrong people.

August 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No chance of rain in sight until Thursday

Despite the 2 inches of rain that fell during the past week in Gainesville, the level of Lake Lanier didn't budge much, and the prospects for rain don't look so good this week.

August 07, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Motorists delight at end of Dawsonville Highway roadwork

Randall Popham loves the visibility for his church but especially is grateful that the newly widened Dawsonville Highway has made traveling much easier for congregation members.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teen is killed in Banks County wreck

An Alto teenager was killed and two of his friends were injured in a wreck Saturday night on U.S. 441 in Banks County.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Choosing Hall: One couple's leap of faith worked out

Melissa Griffin had a steady clientele at her beauty shop in the Southeast Georgia town of Alma.

August 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Happy hour or not? Gainesville City Council decides on Tuesday

The Gainesville City Council will meet tomorrow and discuss a number of city issues, from whether to allow restaurant owners to have "happy hour" specials to the official name of the road leading to the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center.

August 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | 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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