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Board rules Simmons can't run for re-election

Elections officials ruled Friday that longtime Gainesville school board member Kelvin Simmons cannot run for re-election because his wife works as an administrator at one of the system's schools.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Heavy rain, storms likely to return to area

A few welcome days of sunshine and clear skies are expected to give way to rain clouds again by this afternoon.

September 25, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Police: Suspect in child porn case did not work with kids

JEFFERSON - Although a child pornography case involving Lolan Ernest Reeves Jr. is still pending, officials say it doesn't appear that Reeves worked directly with children.

September 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Volunteers help bring back Champion Tree contest

State budget cuts put Hall County's annual Champion Tree contest on hold last year, but with the help of a team of volunteers, the program is back.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Humane Society changes name, coverage area

To go along with its new identity as an independent, no-kill shelter, the Humane Society also is changing its name and coverage area.

September 25, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Data show Hall County is more educated

When Sarah Craven lost her job as a paraprofessional last year, she knew what she needed to do - go back to school.

September 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Board OKs animal control code, with an exception

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to approve the new Animal Control official code of ordinances after weeks of revision. But they still have a little work left to do.

September 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Military college ranks high on Army’s student merit list

North Georgia College & State University has more high-ranking students on the U.S. Army's National Order of Merit List than any other U.S. senior military college.

September 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Jarrard benefit concert was music to their ears

Misty Armour drove all day to make the stage for the eighth annual John Jarrard Foundation Benefit Concert.

September 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County tax office worker claims harassment

An employee in the Hall County Tax Assessors Office has filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment and discrimination.

September 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County commission nixes 4 potential routes for connector

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to ask the Greater Hall Metro Planning Organization to remove four potential routes from the drawing board for the Northern Connector.

September 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police find body believed to be missing Hoschton man

HOSCHTON - The search for a missing Hoschton man ended Thursday after searchers found a body in a wooded area near the Hoschton city limits.

September 24, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times Regional Staff | Local


Jefferson police arrest man on child exploitation charges

The Jefferson Police Department has arrested a 33-year-old man in connection to a child pornography case.

Police Chief Joe Wirthman said Jefferson resident Lolan Reeves Jr. has been charged with two counts of child exploitation.

September 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lifelong Knights’ fan bleeds blue

Michael Parker, a Johnson High School alumni and current teacher and coach, has always been a big fan of the Knights' sports teams, to the extent that he says "I bleed blue!"

September 24, 2009 | By Coulter Burch news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Petit Le Mans drives in major revenue

Since the Country Inn & Suites only opened in Braselton two months ago, Kevin Thomas was not expecting the hotel would get much traffic from Petit Le Mans race-goers this year.

September 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Class Notes: Brenau opening Florida campus

Brenau University recently received approval to spread its reach beyond Georgia's borders.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Free workshop aims to help residents save hemlock trees

The time to inspect your hemlock trees is now, according to the Save Georgia's Hemlocks nonprofit organization.

May 10, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fun for funds: Adult spelling bee supports literacy

Not all spelling bees are created equal.

May 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville native to join SpaceX as rocket scientist

Gainesville native Benjamin Klein is about to realize the dream shared by young and old alike.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vision 2030 group recommends names for Hall’s new trail system

Hall County's burgeoning trail system may get a new name and logo this week, as officials hope to stir interest in area pedestrian and bicycling pathways.

May 10, 2015 | Jeff Gill | 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


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