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Firefighters battle suspicious brush fires along I-985

Hall County firefighters from three stations battled several suspicious brush fires scattered along the side of Interstate 985 in South Hall Thursday afternoon.

February 18, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Linder delivers harsh words on stimulus bill, U.S. Department of Education

BRASELTON - A year after President Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill into law, U.S. Rep. John Linder shared his thoughts on the plan, the health care debates in Congress and other issues facing national leaders today with the Braselton Rotary Club.

February 18, 2010 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Work under way to repair I-85 sinkhole near Ga. border

E.R. Snell Contracting of Snellville began work this morning to repair a sinkhole off Interstate 85 near the Georgia border.

February 18, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Olympian connects with local students

Even when speaking with an Olympic athlete vying for gold in the 2010 Winter Games, kids still say the darnedest things.

February 18, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Lula celebrates money from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

One year after President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, officials gathered at the construction site of Lula's future wastewater treatment facility to point out the many things the federal money has made possible.

February 17, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville CRCT investigation spurs a local look

Gainesville city school officials will move forward with an investigation into last week's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test erasure analysis that found two system schools had an abnormally high number of erasures on last spring's test.

February 17, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Forsyth County interested in buying water from planned reservoir

Hall County has received a letter of commitment from Forsyth County to purchase water from the future Glades Reservoir.

February 17, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson consignment sale all about good deals

JEFFERSON - As the mother of two, Rebekah McDowell knows how quickly children can outgrow their clothes and how expensive it can be to buy new ones.

February 17, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville police build database with new fingerprint system

The age-old forensic craft of fingerprint identification just got a 21st century upgrade in Gainesville.

February 17, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Some residents oppose development possibilities

Mike Baker moved nearly a year ago to Bell Drive in South Hall because of the surroundings.

February 17, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Refunds going out for vehicle tax overcharge

Georgia residents with January and February birthdays soon may receive a surprise gift.

February 17, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


House fire leads to minor injuries

Two people were treated for minor smoke inhalation Wednesday after escaping a fire that destroyed their house in North Hall.

February 17, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Civil rights leader to speak at Brenau

In celebration of Black History Month, several Brenau University student organizations have joined to bring civil rights leader Diane Nash to the school's campus on Thursday.

February 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall sheriff's office IDs victim in Sunday night shooting

Authorities on Tuesday released the identity of a Snellville man shot to death in a remote North Hall park Sunday night but provided little additional information in the unsolved murder.

February 16, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lake group may cut back on goals with higher lake level and slipping donations

BUFORD - The future of 1071 Coalition, a Lake Lanier advocacy group, is unclear after the group releases its long-awaited economic impact study this spring.

February 16, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn't hurt business.

June 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

June 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional 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


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