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Early SPLOST voting draws around 70

Tuesday was the first day of early voting for SPLOST VI but there wasn't much of a rush to get to the polls.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT open house will show alternative routes as bridge is repaired

A nearly 50-year-old Jackson County bridge is on the Georgia Department of Transportation's shortlist for replacement.

February 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville to let Brenau seek alcohol permits for special events

The Gainesville City Council changed the rules Tuesday, making it possible for colleges and universities to serve alcohol at campus events and making it unlawful to smoke in city parks.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville council to set rules for businesses that want tax money to redevelop

Gainesville officials are gearing up to dole out funds in the city's tax allocation district, and developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex may be the first to use them.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont dog wins Best of Breed at Westminster show

A Hall County dog still is basking in the limelight after winning Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City last week.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funeral home unveils presidential room

The faces of all 43 men who have led the United States of America since 1789 are now on display at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Need a tax aide? AARP can help

With help from the AARP, hundreds of local folks are saving time and money when filing their tax returns this season.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Businesses turn to each other in tough economy

JEFFERSON - Despite tough economic times, businesses in downtown Jefferson are determined to make it.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Man charged in 2-year-old’s beating death

CUMMING - A 39-year-old convicted sex offender was charged in the death of a toddler after preliminary autopsy results showed the child had been beaten to death, Forsyth County authorities said Monday.

February 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Caution: Dawsonville throws yellow flag on motorpark decision

DAWSONVILLE - Monday night, more than 200 people packed the Dawsonville Municipal Complex to hear the fate of a proposed motorsports park in western Dawson County. They'll have to wait nearly two months to find out.

February 16, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


1071 Coalition: Economics is key to boost Lake Lanier in war of public relations

The 1071 Coalition, a Lake Lanier advocacy group formed last year, is taking its message to the public.

February 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Long-term rain forecast doesn’t look good for Hall

Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and possibly this weekend, meteorologists say, but their counterparts who take a little longer look into the future aren't seeing good news.

February 16, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Jackson County schools plan for possible cuts

JEFFERSON - Money woes continue for the Jackson County school system as the district remains under budget but plans for falling revenue collections.

February 16, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hoschton police department handcuffed by budget woes

HOSCHTON - With the economy deteriorating, many municipalities are relying on reserve funds to help weather the downturn. This wasn't an option for Hoschton, however, as the city did not have any reserves to use at the end of 2008.

February 16, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Meet your government: Public service all in the family for Marlowe

Melody Marlowe is a self-titled office supply "freak."

February 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push becoming 2nd-home market

North Georgia should strive to become a "second-home mecca" for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

January 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Funeral homes report vehicles broken into, stretcher stolen

A stretcher was stolen out of a vehicle at one local funeral home and vehicles were broken into at two other local funeral homes earlier this month.

January 14, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Full text of Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

January 14, 2015 | | 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


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