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Gainesville High band tunes up for big performance

For the 163 Gainesville High School musicians, dancers and twirlers in The Big Red Machine, the Class AAA football state championship on Saturday is not just another game, but members of the marching band are trying to think of it that way.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


River stakeholders approve letter to governors

ALBANY - Meeting near the banks of the Flint River, more than 50 leaders of a group of tri-state river basin stakeholders agreed Thursday to send a letter to the governors of Alabama, Georgia and Florida to make them aware of their existence before the governors' water summit Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala.

December 10, 2009 | By J.D. Summer For The Times | Local


Legislators seek to keep communication open

Keep in constant communication. This was the advice state legislators had for local officials Thursday, nearly a month shy of the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

December 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson school officials to tweak bus routes

JEFFERSON - Although school started several months ago, the Jefferson City Schools System Transportation Department continually has to keep a close eye on bus routes.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville, country club may extend contract

City of Gainesville and Chattahoochee Country Club administrators are busy working out the details of a contract that could possibly extend their relationship for 10 more years.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall commissioners delay decisions on parks, tax collections until 2010

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone two major decisions until 2010 at the board meeting Thursday evening.

December 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Goodwill opens in South Hall to large crowds

OAKWOOD - Dozens of people barreled through the front door Thursday morning at Goodwill of North Georgia's newest location on Mundy Mill Road.

December 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dozens arrested in ‘Safe Streets’ roundup

Law officers were out knocking on doors Thursday in frigid predawn temperatures, rousing drug suspects from their beds in a roundup aimed at addressing crimes that affect neighborhood quality of life.

December 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State sales tax system a 'leaky bucket,' Hall administrator says

Hall County officials have asked members of the local delegation to fix the state's sales tax collection system.

December 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Dear Big Red: Little Elephants make cards to cheer on team

Celebrating Gainesville High School's trip to the Class AAA football state championship game is a family affair in Gainesville schools.

December 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Christmas parties have liabilities

Too much eggnog and driving doesn't mix, and it's not just the driver who can wind up in trouble.

December 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local retailer ‘rounds up’ donations for area youth

Through Sunday, shoppers at J.C. Penney Co. at Lakeshore Mall are invited to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar amount and donate the difference to Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County to support quality after-school programs.

December 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Fireplace may be source of house blaze

A fire in an Old Cornelia Highway home appears to have started in the fireplace, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said.

December 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


New Year’s resolution willpower

Did you make a New Year's resolution a year ago that you have managed to keep throughout 2009? Whether it was a vow to get fit, save money or to eliminate bad habits, The Times would like to talk to you for a story on News Year's resolutions. Please contact staff writer Stephen Gurr at 770-718-3428 or sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com.

December 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


New Hoschton council members dig into 2010 budget

HOSCHTON - During their inaugural meeting on Monday, the newest members of the Hoschton City Council wasted no time in addressing two major issues facing the city - the 2010 budget and the city charter.

December 09, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


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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


Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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