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Commissioners OK zip line canopy tour

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a zip line canopy tour in North Hall.

October 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Community group reaches out to city, county ‘islands’

If you live on a street where some houses are in the city of Gainesville and some are in Hall County, it can be hard to know which elected officials to turn to.

October 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Children are silent victims of domestic violence

The equivalent of at least one classroom packed full of Hall County school children live in homes plagued by domestic violence.

October 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New parking deck won't open for Mule Camp

In a last-minute announcement, Gainesville officials said Thursday the city's new downtown parking deck will not be ready for patrons at this weekend's Mule Camp Market.

October 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Simmons won't appeal ban from school board election

Gainesville Board of Education member Kelvin Simmons did not file an appeal following the city's decision that he is ineligible to seek re-election this fall.

October 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


‘Biggest Loser’ couple share their tips at wellness expo

Amy and Phil Parham know just how difficult it can be to lead a healthy life while trying to balance work and family commitments.

October 07, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Trial pits Hall chairman against fellow farmers

Hall County Commission Chairman Tom Oliver has challenged the leadership of one of the state's largest farming cooperatives in a legal battle that has made its way to a Hall County courtroom.

October 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal discontinues business agreement with state

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and his business partner, Ken Cronan, have chosen not to continue a 20-year-long business deal with the state.

October 07, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Civil justice event coming to Jackson Courthouse

The Supreme Court of Georgia's Committee on Civil Justice will be host to an event Friday at the Jackson County Courthouse.

October 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bradford street to close for railroad work

Work to replace railroad tracks will lead to the closure of Bradford Street at the railroad crossing from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the city of Gainesville announced Wednesday.

October 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend shooting deaths in Buford ruled murder-suicide

The shooting deaths of two people on West Rock Quarry Road in Buford this weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide.

October 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Talk is taxes, environment at Flowery Branch meeting

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch and state officials talked about rising property taxes and burdensome environmental regulations, among other issues, in a meeting Wednesday at the city's historic train depot.

October 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students brave weather on Walk to School Day

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students braved the rain and hoofed it to school Wednesday morning to celebrate Walk to School Day.

October 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Murder suspect sentenced in federal court

A Maysville man may never be tried in connection with an August 2007 murder in Banks County, but 10 shotgun shells got him 15 years in prison on federal weapons charges Wednesday.

October 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school tax rate falls

The Gainesville school board adopted a 1.3 percent smaller property tax rate Wednesday, but most homeowners still will see an increase in their property tax bill this fall because the state did not fund the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant this year.

October 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push becoming 2nd-home market

North Georgia should strive to become a "second-home mecca" for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

January 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Funeral homes report vehicles broken into, stretcher stolen

A stretcher was stolen out of a vehicle at one local funeral home and vehicles were broken into at two other local funeral homes earlier this month.

January 14, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Full text of Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

January 14, 2015 | | 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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