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Holiday wrecks may claim 18 lives, state patrol says

The Georgia State Patrol predicts 18 people will die on Georgia roads during the 78-hour Christmas holiday weekend, a total that likely won't be helped by heavy rains overnight Christmas Eve.

December 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Obama wants Yates as US attorney

Longtime federal prosecutor Sally Quillian Yates got an early Christmas present Thursday when the White House nominated her to serve as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

December 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fond Christmas memories focus on simpler times, homemade gifts

Phoebe Vickers remembers fondly the Christmas she finally got a Barbie for her doll collection.

December 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Christmas melodies complete the season

For most folks, Christmas isn't complete without the songs.

December 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retelling a story that never gets old

Children donned halos, robes and head scarves at First Presbyterian Church's Christmas Eve service to retell the birth of Jesus Christ, the child that Christians believe is God's greatest gift to humankind.

December 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


10-foot cross shines across Lake Lanier

Like a Christmas miracle, one day out of the blue a 10-foot-tall cross adorned with sparkling lights appeared - seemingly floating over the lake by Thompson Bridge Road near Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

December 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


No one injured in Royal Lakes fire

Hall County firefighters this morning put out a house fire in the Royal Lakes subdivision in South Hall, officials said. No one was injured.

December 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Santa hears wishes of old — and new

Parents' wallets may be a little thin this year, but kids sitting on Santa's lap are still wishing for the stars.

December 23, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Task force goes after sex offenders; absconders targeted

The U.S. Marshals are known for getting their man.

December 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Corps to close park areas for deer hunt

Laurel Ridge Trail and most of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks along Buford Dam Road are set to close Jan. 5-6 for a quota deer hunt sponsored by the corps.

December 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


2009 to go down as one of rainiest on record

In early 2009, no one predicted that it would be one of the rainiest years on record.

December 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stroke, osteoporosis screenings will be offered Jan. 11

Life Line screenings for risk of stroke or bone fractures are scheduled for Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St.

December 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Have a very green Christmas this year

Hall County residents will have to wait until the day after Christmas to shed their holiday cheer because Hall County's solid waste department is taking the holiday off.

December 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Area office working to recall swine flu vaccine

A national, voluntary recall of H1N1 vaccinations produced by MedImmune has some local ties.

December 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


White County teens charged in theft of Christmas cards, gifts

Three would-be teenage grinches didn't get too far with stolen Christmas cards and packages this week.

December 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | 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


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