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Indigent defense 'stiffed by state,' local attorneys say

A tightening of funding for lawyers appointed to represent some poor people in court has resulted in public defender offices in Georgia representing clients with the potential for conflicts of interest.

May 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Arguments set for Monday in water wars suits

A U.S. District Court judge from Minnesota is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday on whether water supply is an authorized use of Lake Lanier.

May 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Wet spring could drench drought issue

As litigation over Lake Lanier heads to court, drought, the issue that has exacerbated the tri-state water wars, may be going away.

May 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fulton County inmates fill out Hall County jail

Fulton County's jail problems have become a source of revenue for Hall County.

May 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


In close vote, Flowery Branch OKs deal to spend $405,000 on buildings

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council has voted to spend $405,000 to buy two connecting Main Street buildings it had been leasing.

May 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch proposes furloughs as part of budget cuts

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch employees could be taking a financial hit as part of the city's budget plan for next fiscal year, starting July 1.

May 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps to temporarily close Little Hall Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close Little Hall Park next Monday through Friday for paving work.

May 06, 2009 | By staff reports | Local


Four arrested, meth seized in drug bust

Four people were arrested and an estimated $32,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized during a pair of undercover drug busts on Golden Parkway in Buford on Tuesday and Wednesday, authorities said.

May 06, 2009 | By staff reports | Local


Two plead guilty in botched mall burglary

Two of six defendants in what authorities say was a botched burglary last summer at a local outlet mall entered guilty pleas last week.

May 06, 2009 | By staff reports | Local


Mother-daughter tea planned for Saturday

It's not quite high tea with the queen, but an upcoming event for mothers and daughters at the Spout Springs Branch of the Hall County Library will be just as special.

May 06, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Dawsonville in hunt for police car plant

DAWSONVILLE - Dawsonville is in the running for an assembly plant that would build a specialized, high-performance police car.

May 06, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Revitalized homes aren’t selling

The economy's effects on the housing market can be felt even down to the level of affordable homes made available through community grants.

May 06, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Commerce hospital needs money

JEFFERSON - The Banks Jackson Commerce Medical Center has seen a marked increase in the number of patients who can't afford to pay medical bills, and with a declining economy and some debts to its name, the hospital is looking for some financial help from Jackson County.

May 06, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Alluring, fresh produce available at Hall County Farmers’ Market

"A very rare heirloom. Gorgeous iceberg with copper-hued leaves surrounding a green to white inner head. Delicious sweet flavor and crispy texture."

May 06, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Supreme Court rules against Braselton in zoning battle

BRASELTON - A developer's complex lawsuit against Braselton received some clarity Monday.

May 06, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | 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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