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Several of Lake Lanier’s creeks and streams are ‘impaired’

Lake Lanier is the big tourist draw, with huge spans of water filling visitors' views from many a vantage point.

June 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

ACF Stakeholders' plan draws muted reaction from states in 'water wars'

A private water group's new leader doesn't have the job of getting 56 members to buy into a tri-state water management plan - a work that took nearly six years to complete.

May 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

County must step in when bodies go unclaimed

Marion Merck cannot get a return phone call.

May 31, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville natives start business connecting people through sports

Louis Hokayem and Graham Williams first saw their picture in the newspaper 13 years ago.

May 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Class Notes: North Georgia Technical College recognizes exceptional alumni

Four alumni from North Georgia Technical College will be recognized by their alma mater for their professional accomplishments.

May 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Kickball tourney benefits cancer-stricken co-worker, friend

Sunday's gathering at North Hall Community Center & Park was all fun and games, but the mission was serious.

May 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Fish from Lanier are OK, but mercury can be a concern

Ernie Aldridge of Alto has been fishing off the waters of Lake Lanier at bridges, parks and shorelines since the late 1960s.

May 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

What’s in Lake Lanier's waters?

Lake Lanier is safe - mostly.

May 31, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Lake Lanier beaches are mostly safe for swimming

Jessica Braswell sat on the beach at Van Pugh Park on Lake Lanier with a friend earlier this month as her three children played in the water where it hits the sandy shore.

May 31, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local

Executive action on immigration could take years to resolve

Political conservatives scored a victory this past week when a federal appeals court in New Orleans rejected the Obama administration's request to allow the president's plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation to proceed.

May 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

GBI’s slow turnaround on DNA testing can add time to local investigations

For those police investigations that depend on DNA testing, a backlogged Georgia Bureau of Investigation can stop a case in its tracks.

May 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Teenagers’ sexting can lead to trouble with the law

In a world of selfies and smartphones, the way children communicate with each other is changing rapidly.

May 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Big crowd enjoys a lakeside serenade at John Jarrard concert

Music lovers came by land and water on Saturday to enjoy the first Lake Show starring Shawn Mullins at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue at Clarks Bridge Park in Gainesville, hosted by the John Jarrard Foundation.

May 30, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

Learning and fun at nexus of FLUXUS

Families of all sizes were out in the community Saturday, visiting Gainesville museums and attractions for free or reduced rates.

May 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

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Articles by Section - Local

Teens learn about poverty, hunger during summer program

Two teenagers walked out of a home in Tower Heights Apartments and wiped tears from their eyes.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Hoschton woman’s death included in HBO documentary

A Hoschton woman found dead inside her home will be included in an HBO documentary on gun deaths airing Monday night.

June 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Business leader Gus Whalen dies

Whether it was on the playground in sixth grade, at a barber shop or in the business community, Gus Whalen had a way of making an impression.

June 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | 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

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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