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3 stabbings, 4 injured, 1 arrested, 1 on the loose

Hall County sheriff's deputies and Gainesville police officers are investigating three separate stabbings during the July Fourth weekend that resulted in serious injuries to four people, one arrest and the search for one suspect.

Roommates Lalo Gomez, 35, and Henry Velasquez Pineda, 36, began arguing at 2:52 a.m. Sunday in their home in the 300 block of Lee Street in Gainesville, said Lt. Brian P. Kelly of the Gainesville Police Department on Monday.

July 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools budget deficit may be down to $5.6 million

Gainesville city school board expects to have a deficit of about $5.6 million rather than the $6.5 million deficit it previously anticipated, said board Chairman David Syfan.

July 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County schools superintendent turns down bonus

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield turned down a 5 percent bonus Monday after the board chairman deemed Schofield's job performance "exemplary" during the past year.

July 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deck collapses, injuring 2 people

A preliminary investigation by Hall County Fire Services shows that a deck that collapsed late Sunday at 6585 Tara Trail in Lula, injuring two people, wasn't secured properly to the home.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Emerson fundraiser nets more than $8,500

A fundraising event in memory of slain hiker Meredith Emerson collected more than $8,500 on June 25.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lula woman sentenced to federal prison

A Lula woman was sentenced Monday in Gainesville to four years and nine months in federal prison on tax-related fraud charges.

Molly A. Smith, 50, also was placed on three years of supervised release and ordered by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley to pay restitution of $413,847 to the IRS and $777,901 to North Carolina.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Brenau’s Firespark! camp pairs talented teens with professionals

For the next two weeks, young people from across the globe will learn about a variety of art forms while living at Brenau University's campus for Firespark! summer camp.

Monday was the first day at Firespark! for the campers, who range in age from 13-18 and can take classes on everything from hip-hop to journalism to medicine.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fair helps families with transition

For most children, their 18th birthday is an exciting time as they look forward to college, careers and living on their own.

But if the child has a disability, turning 18 is a milestone fraught with uncertainty.

July 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall residents could split tax payments

An old law could be brought back to life if the Hall County Board of Commissioners decides to authorize collecting taxes twice a year.

If the commission approves it, Hall County residents will have the option to pay taxes in two increments or continue to pay once at the end of the year.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Harrington, a champion for technical schools, dies at 82

James Harrington, a driving force in the modernization of Georgia's system of technical colleges, has died following an extended illness. He was 82.

Harrington, who also served as a Forsyth County commissioner, was among the first members named to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education by then-Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


684 homes planned near Lake Lanier Islands

A company owned by Gwinnett businessman Virgil Williams and his family has filed an application for approval of a mixed-use resort community off Friendship Road in South Hall County.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City aims to bring in more carnivals

Gainesville officials are looking for ways to bring a little more fun into Gainesville.

July 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia gets leeway for No Child rules

Local educators say the new flexibility Georgia was granted in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act is a step in the right direction, but won't do enough to distinguish between nearly adequate schools and grossly inadequate schools.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Another teen drowns in Lake Lanier

A 14-year-old boy has become the second teen to drown on Lake Lanier this holiday weekend, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Both drownings happened after the teens fell into drop-offs in otherwise shallow water and a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman stressed warnings made to the public before the beginning of the holiday weekend: Be extremely careful in the waters of Lake Lanier because the lowered lake level makes the terrain unpredictable.

July 10, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Healthy Monday: Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center is expanding

Construction is under way on a $1.2 million project that will almost double the capacity of the Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center.

July 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Resident safely escapes mobile home fire in South Hall

No one was hurt in a mobile home fire Friday night in South Hall County.

May 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New, bigger Kroger coming to Dawson County

A 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace is coming to Dawson County.

May 08, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local


Police say man’s exam led to unwanted sexual encounter

Police say a Gainesville man asked another man to help him move furniture at his home before he performed a medical exam on the man that led to to a "non-consensual sexual encounter."

May 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Longtime doctor honored for decades of service

Dr. Henry S. Jennings Jr. M.D. has always been a doer.

May 08, 2015 | Frank Reddy | 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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