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Teens get lesson in homelessness

Even with a few creature comforts from home, life in a cardboard box is no fun.

October 30, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New roof or new school?

The Gainesville school board reviewed its financial options Friday as it plans to repair four school building roofs and possibly construct a new Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School.

October 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Costumed candy-seekers take downtown

"I'm my cat, Mr. Jewy," said 5-year-old Tori Mullins.

October 30, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


South Hall student continues recovery

South Hall Middle eighth-grader Alberto Diaz left Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite this week and is now in intensive therapy.

October 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lula breaks ground on new wastewater plant

LULA - Lula officials ceremoniously broke ground on the much-anticipated wastewater treatment plant Friday.

October 30, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Halloween made scarier by drunken drivers

Nearly 1 in 3 adults plans to attend a Halloween party tonight, and that gives some folks the shivers.

October 30, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Don’t forget to set your clocks back, check smoke alarms

After helping the kids tally how much Halloween loot they gathered, folks should be sure to set their clocks back an hour.

October 30, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Police charge 4 with burglary

Four people, including three juveniles, were charged with burglary after Gainesville police caught them in the Chestatee Road area after a brief foot chase Thursday.

October 30, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local




No major injuries in Browns Bridge wreck

A wreck that closed down Browns Bridge Road during rush-hour traffic this morning did not result in any life-threatening injuries, the Georgia State Patrol said.

October 30, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


‘Buford’ has always been a Vikings superfan

If you go to an East Hall High School football game and ask for Keith Smith, you may get a questionable look.

October 30, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Students celebrate drug-free lives

Red Ribbon Week has become much more than pinning on a looped piece of cloth and making a pledge to stay off drugs.

October 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Mayor opposes fitness room plan at aquatic center

A proposal to fashion one of the meeting rooms at Gainesville's nearly new Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center into a fitness room was met with opposition Thursday by the city's mayor.

October 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Father and son are charged in assault

A Flowery Branch man has been charged with pointing a shotgun at employees from a repossession company Monday, and his father has been charged with giving him the weapon, according to a news release from the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

October 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Two arrested in First Street burglaries

A Gainesville man and a teenager were arrested Wednesday in connection with burglaries last week at two homes on First Street, according to a news release from the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

October 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Folks in Hall County struggling to find places to stay warm overnight

For once, it's OK to sleep in church.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dozens of South Hall County residents attend Spout Springs Road meeting

South Hall residents Frank and Judy Margavio don't live on Spout Springs Road but sure drive it enough.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch City Council approves sewer amendment with Buford

An amendment to an agreement between Flowery Branch and Buford exchanges two sewer service areas between the cities.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Proposed tax would help Flowery Branch redevelopment

A visit to downtown Flowery Branch will often provide a view of a city employee crossing Main Street, going from one government office to another on opposite sides of the street.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula City Council OKs June election to fill Vicky Chambers' seat

Lula officials approved a special election June 16 to replace late Councilwoman Vicky Chambers.

February 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia House passes bill to change age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Gainesville Play It Again Sports to close in March

After 23 years in business, Pat Ghastin is ready to retire.

February 19, 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


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


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