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Local utilities warn of possible scams

Local utilities are warning customers to be wary of giving out personal and financial information to just anyone.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Area colleges rank high in report

Brenau University, North Georgia College & State University and Piedmont College ranked among the nation's best in higher education, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges.

August 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


How does work affect you? Get your story in the paper

The Times is planning a series of stories during Labor Day weekend on how we work in Northeast Georgia. To help with our coverage, we'd like input from our readers. How has your work status changed in the last year? Have you been laid off or changed what do you for a living? Are you holding down extra jobs to pick up more money? Are recent graduates finding it tough to land a job in today's labor market? Drop us a line at news@gainesvilletimes.com (with "work" in the subject line) or send to Work, Times Newsroom ...

August 20, 2009 | | Local


Defendants ask judge to dismiss motorsports park lawsuit

DAWSONVILLE - The parties named in a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County hope a judge will dismiss the case next month.

The city of Dawsonville, EHK (Ernie Elliott) Investments and Jeremy Porter, founder of Atlanta Motorsports Park, have filed motions to dismiss the civil suit.

August 20, 2009 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Probe continues in shooting death of robbery suspect

CUMMING - The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber at a south Forsyth gas station.

August 20, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Conference aims to help those who help kids

The Children's Center for Hope & Healing will hold its first educational conference today for people who work with young victims of sexual abuse.

August 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rain, lower temperatures help stabilize Lake Lanier

At last, rain has returned to summer in Hall County, bringing with it slightly lower and more bearable temperatures.

August 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jobless rate shows glimmer of hope for economy

Unemployment rates may be higher now than they were at this time last year, but labor officials are optimistic that things are starting to turn around.

August 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ponzi schemer Spell gets a dozen years in federal prison

A self-described "master of deceit" who bilked dozens of investors out of at least $16 million in the largest fraud in Hall County history was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.

August 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four lanes now open on Ga. 13 across I-985 in South Hall

Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall is now open to four lanes of travel - two lanes in each direction - between Frontage Road and Blackshear Place Baptist Church.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk in North Hall is county's 15th case this year

The Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control Department today confirmed the county's 15th rabies case of the year involving a skunk in North Hall.

The rabid skunk came in contact with three dogs Monday in the Green Drive area. The animal was shipped the next day to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur, where it was confirmed to be rabid.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bridge club members celebrate new location

The Lanierland Duplicate Bridge Club is holding a grand opening Sunday to celebrate its new building and introduce people to the game of bridge.

August 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal grants give boost to sidewalk plans

Thanks to $500,000 in promised federal funding, Gainesville's annual sidewalk expansion program has a leg to walk on around city schools.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New racetrack may be coming to Braselton

BRASELTON - Soon, Road Atlanta and Lanier National Speedway may not be the only places in Braselton to see a good car race.

August 19, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Most of Georgia's counties are 'distressed'

Dawson County's Local Option Sales-Tax collections are down by 20 percent; its planning and zoning fee revenues are down by 50 percent; officials cut more than $4 million out of the county budget; and commissioners are considering furlough days for county employees. But it's not economically distressed.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Man charged 2 years after authorities say he first contacted now 11-year-old

A Buford man has been arrested and charged with child enticement in Hall County, the sheriff's office has reported.

February 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chestatee High students help teach parents about drug safety

Too often, children consume prescription medication they've confused for candy.

February 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge & Bar: State bar awards public defender for community work

A Hall County public defender will receive an award Tuesday for work in community service.

February 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


CDC adviser visits school after aiding Ebola efforts in Sierra Leone

Few people get a chance to speak directly with someone who's seen the effects of Ebola in West Africa today.

February 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville hospital ranked No. 2 behind Mayo Clinic in overall care

For tops in overall hospital care in the U.S., there's the globally known Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and then, there's Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

February 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | 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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