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Jackson County leaders tackle finances at retreat

MAYSVILLE - The Jackson County government doesn't anticipate making any more cuts through the end of the calendar year, officials say, but the county may face some challenges with the 2010 budget.

August 15, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Student is ‘Learning to Lead’ with a passion to help

Christal Dimas is an accomplished leader, but she isn't content.

August 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall may switch regional alliance

When things aren't working out, sometimes it is best to try something different. At least that's Hall County's view.

August 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stimulus may pay for Hall County broadband network

Hall County is hoping to earn a federal grant to acquire its own broadband Internet system.

August 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Panel agrees: Lanier ruling could hurt all of state, not just Atlanta

ATLANTA - All of Georgia, not just metropolitan Atlanta, will suffer the effects of a federal court decision that Lake Lanier was not designated by Congress as a source of drinking water, government officials and legal experts stressed at a conference Friday.

August 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Federal stimulus to spend $126 per person in Hall County

A snapshot of spending so far from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shows that Hall County ranks near the state average in per capita spending and slightly below the national average.

August 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Search goes on for Blairsville woman feared kidnapped

A woman who authorities believe was kidnapped near her Blairsville home remained missing Friday as authorities widened their search and interviewed sex offenders in a four-county area.

August 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Price Road development rejected by Hall commissioners

Hall County commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday night to deny a request for a large development on Price Road.

August 14, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Former deputy, police officer gets 5 years for stalking

A former police officer whose acquittal on animal cruelty charges nine years ago drew national media attention was sentenced to five years in prison this week on unrelated charges.

August 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Black, Cooley drive neighborhood holds reunion, forum

A Community Forum and Neighborhood Reunion for residents of Black and Cooley drives is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the Community Outreach Center.

August 14, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Tree inventory boosts plans for Jefferson forestry program

JEFFERSON - Barbara Johnson's lifelong dream is finally coming true.

Following a yearlong tree inventory, Jefferson is one step closer in its quest to establish a community forestry program.

August 14, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Public defender Morris works as he rehabs from accident injury

Brad Morris said if anything positive came from his near-fatal traffic accident in May, it was the outpouring of support he felt from the Gainesville community.

August 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jackson County schools have first H1N1 case confirmed

ATHENS - The Jackson County School System had its first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu Thursday at Kings Bridge Middle School, and the system is taking precautions to prevent more students from getting the virus.

August 14, 2009 | By Claire Miller cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Business owners show up to oppose annexation

Hall County residents came out to voice their disapproval of forced annexation at a commission meeting Thursday.

August 13, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local colleges dealing with furloughs, additional cuts

Local colleges are grappling to figure out how to deal with state-mandated budget cuts and furlough days.

August 13, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Ministry helps at-risk teens

Like many kids her age, Carmela Villalobos wanted to do things her way or not at all.

June 21, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | 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 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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