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Final call for Homer Easter egg hunt?

HOMER - Carrying brightly colored baskets and running ahead of parents, hundreds of children scampered across the Garrison family's property Sunday hunting for candy eggs.

April 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


New event honors the best in local teachers

Quick - think of your favorite teacher you had in school.

April 12, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Trying to fill a growing need for help

While the federal government is busy trying to stimulate the economy, many local organizations are busy trying to keep those in need afloat until things get better.

April 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Churches step in to offer job guidance

In her role as pastor of Christian education and discipleship, the Rev. Debby Fox generally works on matters such as curriculum for Sunday school classes.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Annexed areas make jurisdiction clearer, police say

Before the Gainesville Police Department had a chance to lay out the reasons for its desire to have a 0.8-mile stretch of interstate right-of-way in the city limits, Chief Frank Hooper was already on the defensive.

April 12, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Some small towns have a reputation with drivers

Ludowici, the county seat of Long County in Southeast Georgia, has a claim to fame that it would like to shed.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriff's deputies: Higher speeds mean more accidents, patrols

Col. Jeff Strickland said the Hall County Sheriff's Office is not in the business of speed traps.

April 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


SPECIAL REPORT: A speed trap's bad rap

A frequent traveler? If so, you've probably had this conversation with someone you know:

April 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Growers see sunny economic forecast

It may be a brighter spring in the gardening business this year.

April 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No Chicken Little, it’s not the sky

Parents and kids, meet the new way to search for Easter eggs: The egg drop.

April 12, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Dawsonville council to vote on motorsports park Monday

DAWSONVILLE - Mayor Joe Lane Cox is pretty certain the Dawsonville City Council will make a decision on the motorsports park at Monday night's meeting.

April 12, 2009 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Local storms all bark, no bite

A frightening Friday night storm that packed a wallop left behind little visible damage across Northeast Georgia, officials said Saturday.

April 12, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Severe weather knocks out power to nearly 2,000 in Hall

A line of severe storms moved through Northeast Georgia on Friday, leaving more than 2,000 Hall County residents without power.

At least three tornado warnings were issued for Hall County, starting at about 6:15 p.m. During the worst of the storms, pea-sized hail fell in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Arson suspect moved to Forsyth hospital

Life on the run for an arson suspect sought for more than a week came to a sudden stop Thursday when she was hospitalized for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 10, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Wangemann backs off bid to change assembly rules

A Gainesville councilman who proposed changes to the city's assembly rules has backed off the idea.

April 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Former Hall jailer pleads guilty to drug possession

A former Hall County Jail employee accused by federal authorities of smuggling cocaine into the jail entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Hall investigator pleads guilty in bribery case

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a count of accepting a bribe from a suspected drug dealer.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville fire crews working gas leak, fire on Hidden Hollow Drive

Gainesville fire crews responded to a gas leak and fire Tuesday afternoon in a residential area.

May 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall area’s 2040 transportation plan approved

Top elected officials gave their final approval of a long-range, $1.77 billion transportation plan for the Hall County area Tuesday.

May 12, 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


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


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