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Georgia appeals court upholds ruling in child’s death

The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld a Hall County judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit against a special-needs school where a 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a "time-out" room.

November 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal pushing for citizenship proof

After failing to get an amendment passed in the U.S. House that would require anyone receiving tax-funded health care benefits to prove their citizenship with a valid photo ID, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is taking it to the Senate.

November 19, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Tax increments approved for project

Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to approve a tax allocation district reimbursement request for the developer of a planned $15 million downtown project.

November 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps again to seek public input on Lanier operating manuals

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to gather new public input for water control manuals governing the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

"In light of the significant new circumstances and information associated with (a July 17 federal court) ruling, the corps will reopen the scoping process to gather stakeholder input regarding these new circumstances," said the Mobile District's public affairs chief, E. Patrick Robbins.

November 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


MIT-educated nuclear physicist discusses relationship between religion and science at Brenau

It is one of the first lessons learned in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

November 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City Council approves leak equipment

As much as 3 million gallons of water that flows through Gainesville's water lines each day may never make it to the tap.

November 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ruling lets motorsports park foes proceed with suit

DAWSONVILLE - Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed to halt the construction of a motorsports park across from their property in western Dawson County scored a win earlier this week when the judge ruled they could move forward with the suit.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Rabies shots, microchips offered for pets

The new Hall County Animal Shelter will offer a Rabies and Microchip Clinic from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville.

November 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


County offices to close 3 days next week

Hall County government administrative offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday next week. Wednesday is a monthly furlough day, and Thursday and Friday are Thanksgiving holidays.

November 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Banker chosen as Woman of the Year

JEFFERSON - As the vice president of Hometown Community Bank in Braselton, Dee Lavender has navigated her way through a predominantly male field and has worked to help other women do the same.

November 18, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


'Red Hat Club' jury deliberates

A Hall County jury will continue deliberating today whether a woman was libeled by a fictional character in a novel that sold more than 600,000 copies.

November 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local




Flowery Branch OKs tax increments for downtown project

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted this morning to approve a tax allocation district reimbursement request for the developer of a planned $15 million downtown project.

November 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Native Americans visit school to teach Cherokee customs

World Language Academy students traveled back in time on Tuesday to a world where seashells were status symbols, beads were currency and moccasin-clad men walked in front of women in the woods to fend off bears.

November 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kiwanis present awards to the area’s top public servants

Their titles may vary, but they still have a few things in common: a strong work ethic, a love for service and the drive to go above the call of duty.

November 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Hobby Lobby in, Chipotle still mum on retail location

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food chain serving made-to-order burritos and tacos, has plans to open a location on Dawsonville Highway near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold open house series

Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville plans to hold a series of open houses in hopes of increasing awareness and enrollment.

March 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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


Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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