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Jefferson city says Valentine trees beat chocolates and flowers

Chocolates melt and roses die, but there are some Valentine's Day gifts that can endure.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood City Council might sign up tonight for regulating banners

A public hearing and planned vote on changes to Oakwood's sign law, particularly concerning the display of banners, is set for tonight.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cold storage program lures international group to tour Lanier Tech

Today, an international association that specializes in education and information for cold food storage safety will bring a large delegation to Lanier Technical College for a hands-on training session on ammonia refrigeration.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville gospel singer helps people who live on street

Jacky Fortner has used his tenor voice for years to minister to audiences. These days, it's his hands and feet trying to bring some measure of comfort.

February 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boundaries in dispute: Braselton developers don’t want to build sidewalk

BRASELTON - While complex, Century Center at Braselton's developers say its lawsuits against the town of Braselton involve two main factors: sidewalks and property boundaries.

February 09, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Daddies grab your daughters; Jefferson, Gainesville plan dances

You may have already made plans for Feb. 14 with the missus, but don't forget to earmark some time for your youngest Valentine, your daughter.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Niles really gives a hoot about litter

Avery Niles says litter has always been a pet peeve of his. Now he's in a good position to do something about it.

February 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Matters of the heart: Medication, awareness helping battle against cardiac disease

February is Heart Health Month, and there's some good news to report: It appears that Americans' hearts may actually be getting healthier.

February 09, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall rabies cases tops in Georgia during 2008

2008 was a record-breaking year for Hall County, but nobody is celebrating.

February 08, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board faces pre-K dilemma

As the Gainesville school board gets ready to delve into next school year's budget, officials are looking high and low for ways to save money.

February 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local business dreams dry up

With his specialty shop for drummers, Drums 101, Aaron Hughes thought he had found a niche in the music marketplace and a dependable livelihood.

February 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jackson County takes 7 steps to improve high school graduation rate

JEFFERSON - Joyce Hawkins thinks she has the best job.

February 08, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Soles help souls: Store owner offers discount for donated shoes

A pair of shoes is something many take for granted.

February 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville City Council faces tough cuts to balance budget

Charged with the need to cut the fat, Gainesville officials are finding they also have to cut into the meat of city government services to balance the 2010 budget.

February 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Firefighter suffers leg injury battling blaze in woods

A firefighter who stepped in a hole while fighting a woods fire Saturday was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with an unknown leg injury.

February 08, 2009 | | Local


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Joe Wood Sr. talks about days in Georgia General Assembly

His gait might be slower these days, walking to his office with the help of a wooden cane.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Butch Miller’s star rising in state politics, but how far?

Widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative spokesman for 2015.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: Superintendent-elect plans open forums, town halls

Richard Woods, state superintendent-elect, met with members of the media Friday at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's annual media symposium.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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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