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Sex assault alleged at Falcon’s home; athlete not involved, police say

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted while sleeping in the Buford home of an Atlanta Falcons player, but the athlete is not a suspect in the assault, police said.

July 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Banks County native named DOT assistant district engineer

A Banks County native has been named the Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant district engineer for the 21 counties in Northeast Georgia, including Hall, that make up the DOT's District One.

July 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nonprofit agencies unite to help local youth at summer camp

"Living United" is more than a slogan for the United Way of Hall County; it has become a rallying cry of sorts for its partner agencies.

July 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Steps to College program could end

Nearly 150 high school students celebrated their graduation from Gainesville State College's Steps to College program that offers instruction aimed at students who speak English as a second language.

July 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hoschton council denies petition on charter change

HOSCHTON - Residents attending Hoschton's City Council meeting Monday let out a collective groan as the council announced its decision to deny the validation of a petition to change the city's charter.

July 08, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Farmers market expands to downtown site

Looking for some juicy, home-grown tomatoes or fresh-picked green beans? Starting Friday afternoon, you'll find them in downtown Gainesville.

July 08, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Oakwood to consider La Parrilla’s alcohol license at hearing

Oakwood City Council will consider Monday whether to revoke the alcohol license of one of the city's busiest eateries, La Parrilla Mexican restaurant.

July 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


DNR wants you to get out and be active — in state parks

With beautifully sunny days that have been moderately warm, there's no time like the present to get out, be active and enjoy the great outdoors.

July 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall still undecided on sending two tax bills

The people have spoken, but the Hall County Board of Commissioners has yet approve sending out two tax bills per year.

July 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor's race 2010: Initial fundraising relies on ‘friends and neighbors’

For Republicans running to be the next governor of Georgia, contributions begin at home.

July 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County middle schoolers excel on tests

Hall County middle schools are celebrating high End of Course Test scores earned by middle school students who completed high school courses. The Carnegie units, or high school credit units, are applied to students' high school diplomas.

July 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville expect most schools to meet testing standards

Results for school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests lead school officials to believe most Gainesville city and Hall County schools will meet federal accountability requirements and achieve Adequate Yearly Progress this year.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Economy strains heat relief program for seniors

Polly Williams knows the value of some fresh air.

July 07, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Deal is early fundraising front-runner

In the contest to raise cash among Republican candidates vying to be the next governor of Georgia, Gainesville's Nathan Deal suddenly is in the lead.

July 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters battle South Hall blaze

A South Hall home was damaged Tuesday night by a fire that was called in by someone passing by.

July 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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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


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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