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Budget cuts force White County camp’s closure

Gail Chambers took her teenage grandsons to half a dozen psychologists for their behavioral problems, but it wasn't until they spent six months roughing it in a Cleveland wilderness camp that she saw a change.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Old sewer rates irk Hall residents

Some South Hall residents are frustrated that county commissioners have yet to set new sewer rates after almost a year of study.

December 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sheriff speaks to kids on drug perils

The cautionary stories Steve Cronic told fifth-grade students involved real people from Hall County. The pro football player. The popular girl. The jail trustee battling addiction.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch High students give big to help CASA

Despite the dread of final exams, students at Flowery Branch High School are getting into the holiday spirit.

December 11, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


3 local schools named to ‘Best High Schools’ bronze list

Three of U.S. News & World Report's top 29 Georgia high schools are right here in Hall County.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Firefighters put out blaze at home on Cleveland Highway

Firefighters have put out a blaze at a two-story colonial home on Cleveland Highway. There are no injuries.

December 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville High band tunes up for big performance

For the 163 Gainesville High School musicians, dancers and twirlers in The Big Red Machine, the Class AAA football state championship on Saturday is not just another game, but members of the marching band are trying to think of it that way.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


River stakeholders approve letter to governors

ALBANY - Meeting near the banks of the Flint River, more than 50 leaders of a group of tri-state river basin stakeholders agreed Thursday to send a letter to the governors of Alabama, Georgia and Florida to make them aware of their existence before the governors' water summit Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala.

December 10, 2009 | By J.D. Summer For The Times | Local


Legislators seek to keep communication open

Keep in constant communication. This was the advice state legislators had for local officials Thursday, nearly a month shy of the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

December 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson school officials to tweak bus routes

JEFFERSON - Although school started several months ago, the Jefferson City Schools System Transportation Department continually has to keep a close eye on bus routes.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville, country club may extend contract

City of Gainesville and Chattahoochee Country Club administrators are busy working out the details of a contract that could possibly extend their relationship for 10 more years.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall commissioners delay decisions on parks, tax collections until 2010

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone two major decisions until 2010 at the board meeting Thursday evening.

December 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Goodwill opens in South Hall to large crowds

OAKWOOD - Dozens of people barreled through the front door Thursday morning at Goodwill of North Georgia's newest location on Mundy Mill Road.

December 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dozens arrested in ‘Safe Streets’ roundup

Law officers were out knocking on doors Thursday in frigid predawn temperatures, rousing drug suspects from their beds in a roundup aimed at addressing crimes that affect neighborhood quality of life.

December 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State sales tax system a 'leaky bucket,' Hall administrator says

Hall County officials have asked members of the local delegation to fix the state's sales tax collection system.

December 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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


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