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Holiday in hospital still fulfilling for local family

Elizabeth "Bea" Worley suffered a stroke Dec. 14, effectively changing her family's Christmas plans.

December 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Suspicious fire consumes vacant home; no one hurt

A fire that consumed an unoccupied Gainesville home on Christmas morning may have started under suspicious circumstances. No one was hurt.

December 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Gainesville’s unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent

With the addition of new jobs and fewer layoffs, more people in Gainesville are working as 2014 comes to a close.

December 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Badge and Bar: An elf's tips to keep your new toys safe

I, Alfred the Elf, cannot be contained to a shelf. My mischief has spread from Queen City Parkway over to Green Street.

December 25, 2014 | | Local

Christmas a day of sorrow, strength for Gainesville homeless

As the rain pooled beneath the Queen City bridge in the chilly mist of Wednesday morning, a few homeless men scrambled to move couches, tables, a barrel fire and personal items to higher ground.

December 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Holiday Hope: Flowery Branch church helps cancer survivor combat hunger

Laura Ramey's Southern accent - punctuated with "honeys" and "bless yous" - practically invites you to sit a spell while enjoying some sweet iced tea.

December 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local

Escaped inmate caught in DeKalb County

The state inmate who escaped a work detail Monday afternoon has been found, Hall County Correctional Institution Warden Walt Davis confirmed Wednesday morning.

December 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local

Holiday Hope: With wife’s health on the mend, couple’s lives are looking up

David and Tracey Lynn Roberts were living through some dark times, but they were in the right place at the right time when she needed - and got - medical attention.

December 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local

Nasty weather to precede Christmas Day

Christmas Day should be beautiful, though a bit chilly, but Christmas Eve looks to be a reindeer of a different-colored nose.

December 23, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local

Eyes on the Road: Ga. 347 section has rebuilt lanes

Traffic is being routed onto newly rebuilt lanes of Ga. 347 from Interstate 985 to west of Hog Mountain Road in South Hall County.

December 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local

Interim Gainesville Police Chief Martin is sole finalist for position

Gainesville interim Police Chief Carol Martin is the sole finalist for the position, City Manager Kip Padgett announced today in a news release.

December 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local

Area businesses prepare for new OSHA mandates

New federal mandates set to take effect Jan. 1 will likely increase the number of severe workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers, and the impact will be felt by some area businesses and industries previously exempt from maintaining logs about on-the-job accidents.

December 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Enota celebrates 60 years of educating Gainesville kids

Lee said she's involved with the school "in a number of ways." Her sister Katie Dubnik, her husband, Morgan Lee, and her father, Jim Mathis, are all Enota alumni. Her daughter Caroline is now in first grade at the school.

December 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Cumming moves forward on councilman's impeachment

December 23, 2014 | By Kelly Whitmire Times regional staff | Local

Area kids eat milk and cookies with Santa, get gifts from sponsors

The Family Worship Center in Oakwood wants children and adults to remember what Christmas is all about.

December 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local

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Former Georgia congressman free from House ethics case

With a new Congress taking office last week, former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., left Washington without having to answer charges that he misused government money to help his failed Senate candidacy.

January 12, 2015 | BY BRAD SCHRADE Tribune News Service | Local

Joe Wood Sr. talks about days in Georgia General Assembly

His gait might be slower these days, walking to his office with the help of a wooden cane.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Butch Miller’s star rising in state politics, but how far?

Widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative spokesman for 2015.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Class Notes: Superintendent-elect plans open forums, town halls

Richard Woods, state superintendent-elect, met with members of the media Friday at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's annual media symposium.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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