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Federal grants will help shore up Jefferson's hurting budget

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson has been awarded several federal grants, and the City Council received an update on the expected funds during Monday's meeting.

August 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Businessman to seek District 47 seat

HOSCHTON - Braselton Mayor Pat Graham will have some local competition for the District 47 state Senate seat now that local businessman Kelley Gary has thrown his hat into the political ring.

August 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commission considers formal appointments for boards

Following a potential conflict with a federal housing grant, the Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed how to handle county employees serving on the boards of county-funded agencies.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CCA facility ready to open after years of discussion, months of renovation

On Monday, Gainesville and Hall County officials toured the newly renovated Corrections Corporation of America detention center that's ready to receive its first group of immigration detainees any day.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board votes to support downtown TAD

The Gainesville Board of Education agreed Monday to re-enter into an agreement to support a tax allocation district in Gainesville.

August 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mount Vernon road work slated for Aug. 17

Crews now will start work next Monday on resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price Road development goes before Hall commission again

A development with more than 1,200 homes proposed in the Price Road area is among items on the agenda for this morning's Hall County Board of Commissioners' work session.

August 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson firefighters to hold annual ball

JEFFERSON - Members of the Jefferson Fire Department are planning to burn up the dance floor this weekend.

August 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Apprenticeship scored this graduate a county job

Jesica Contreras got started on her career path early.

August 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


History Center visitors learn about ‘Good Old School Days’ first-hand

On Sunday, children marked the beginning of another school year by taking a trip back to the 1800s in a one-room schoolhouse with their lunch pails, quill pens and slates.

August 09, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Cardiac support group also reaches out to patients, families

Peter Rocco recalls the fear before he had triple bypass surgery 21 years ago.

August 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Slots fill up fast for health care forum

Registration is nearly full for an upcoming health care discussion at the Gainesville Civic Center on Wednesday, said Kit Dunlap, president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

August 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Schools ready to roll with new buses and new campuses

Gainesville and Hall County school systems have endured strangely similar summers: Both experienced tragic bus incidents and opened sparkling new schools with price tags of more than $30 million.

August 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


3 charged in deadly gang shooting

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a gang shooting early Sunday that left one teenager dead and three others injured.

August 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Work set to start on North Hall road project

Crews will begin today resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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5 people infected after rabid cat attacks in Lula

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more.

January 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 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


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