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Report shows Hall County has fewer children in foster care

Hall County's social service officials pull fewer at-risk children away from their families and keep them in foster care for less time than most large counties in Georgia, according to statistics presented at a Thursday seminar.

October 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


HealthSmart Expo brings in hundreds

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce kicked off its HealthSmart Expo Wednesday with a luncheon featuring Barbara Dooley, who proved that even cancer can be a positive experience.

October 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County approves mandatory day off for county employees

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its Expense Reduction Plan and discussed details of the employee furloughs, part of the plan, at its Thursday meeting.

October 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Utility companies see rise in past-due accounts

Local utility companies say they are disconnecting more customers this year because of nonpayment.

October 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wet, cool weather ushers in autumn

Although Gainesville's parched soil got a slight reprieve Wednesday, the smattering of rain didn't have much effect on the area's extreme drought conditions.

October 13, 2008 | By Brandee A. Thomas bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


As wells run dry, the city comes to the rescue

While all Northeast Georgians continue to suffer through a drought, the Gainesville Public Utilities Department is having to come to the rescue of some Hall County residents whose wells have run dry.

October 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Deposits on the decline for county banks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has released its annual deposit market share report for banks. The report shows a decline in Hall County bank deposits for the first time since 2004. Deposits in Hall County banks, as of June 30, totaled $2.57 billion, compared with $2.64 billion on June 30, 2007.

October 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Grant will fund road in Jefferson

City of Jefferson officials are hoping that a planned road will be more than just an avenue for transportation - they are also hoping the path will lead to increased economic development.

October 12, 2008 | By Brandee A. Thomas bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


70 years of membership recognized by Lions Club

Talk about commitment.

October 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jackson County to go ahead with talks of I-85 interchange

As part of the county's development of an updated comprehensive plan, Jackson County officials will be working with consultants to study Interstate 85 and to create a transportation plan.

October 12, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville puts city resurfacing project on hold

The Gainesville City Council decided to wait on a vote Tuesday that would have authorized the Marietta-based Baldwin Paving Co. to begin needed improvements on approximately 2.83 miles of 14 city streets.

October 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Good tunes, good cause: Jarrard concert helps local charities

The crisp October air was perfect for Tuesday's seventh annual Bruce Burch & Friends Honor John Jarrard Concert, as people came out to enjoy the outdoor music event and support a good cause.

The annual concert event honors John Jarrard, a Gainesville native and Nashville songwriter, who died from complications of diabetes in 2001.

October 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Advocates want to reach more Latino victims of domestic violence

Reaching and connecting with Latino victims of domestic violence is among the greatest challenges facing those who work to provide services for abused women, a discussion panel said Tuesday.

"My concern is too often (help) doesn't reach the Hispanic community," Rosemary Stefanoff, Spanish services coordinator for Gateway Domestic Violence Center, said at the Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing at the Hall County Courthouse. "And we are working on that."

October 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood presents plan to reshape the way it looks

OAKWOOD -- Oakwood city officials unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to reshape 253 acres surrounding the city's downtown center and the yet-to-be-built final leg of Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

"We know we can't do this alone," City Manager Stan Brown said of the Oakwood 2030 plan. "Our job is to cast a vision and steer development in the right direction."

October 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teenager found dead in Forsyth home

It could be months before authorities know what caused the death of a 19-year-old Dawson County woman whose body was found Saturday in a northeastern Forsyth County home.

October 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | 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


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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