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Officials charge man in mobile home fire

Hall County fire officials filed criminal charges against a man who accidentally set fire to a vacant mobile home early Friday morning.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Florida lawmakers want study of ACF river system

A U.S. senator and a U.S. representative from Florida have introduced legislation calling for a comprehensive study of the water management, needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No one injured in Hickory Hills house fire

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed an upscale, three-story home on Hickory Hills Drive early Friday, officials said.

June 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Stephen Gurr hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com; sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fundraiser honors life of slain hiker Meredith Emerson

Meredith Emerson would have turned 25 this Friday. But instead of celebrating, her family and friends can only reflect on her absence from their lives.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Candidates address Lake Lanier worries

DAWSONVILLE - Local and state candidates vying for votes in the upcoming July 15 primary told members of the Lake Lanier Association on Monday that they would do whatever it takes at the regional, state and national level to slow outtake and refill the lake.

June 24, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Livestock requests bother residents at Hall planning meeting

Chickens and horses were a point of contention for many Hall County residents at Monday's packed planning commission meeting.

Lora and Paul Cushard drew a crowd of unhappy neighbors when they asked the commission to rezone their property to allow them to operate a commercial equestrian center.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hamrick fighting higher trash fees

With the wave of at least three hands today, Gainesville residents soon will have more to pay for what they throw away.

A $2.20 increase in trash collection and recycling fees is imminent for Gainesville residents if the Gainesville City Council votes the same way today as it did two weeks ago, when four out of five council members voted in favor of the hike.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voters register for primary elections deadline

Monday was the last day to register to vote in the July 15 Hall County primary elections, and Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter said the elections office saw a steady, but typical, stream of voters in the office.

About 55 people came to register, but Sosebee-Hunter attributed the number to the fact that voters have other options for registration. She said numbers were much higher before 1995, when a number of other options became available for voters.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police ID man found dead in Buford home

Gwinnett authorities have determined the identity of a Decatur man who was found dead June 12 at a home on Buford Dam Road.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools to consider tax note next Tuesday

The Gainesville school board will convene Tuesday to consider using a tax anticipatory note to help finance the school system until it receives property tax revenues this fall.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family escapes house fire

A fire caused about $100,000 in damage Thursday morning to a house off Dawsonville Highway, officials said. A woman and three teenage children escaped the fire without injury.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Adult day care enlists flamingos for fundraiser

It's a sight that has some Gainesville drivers wondering if they're hallucinating. Did they really see a yard full of pink flamingos?

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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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