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Jefferson City Council approves changes to noise ordinance

After months of discussion and public input, the Jefferson City Council finally has reached a resolution concerning updates to the city's existing noise ordinance.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Not all school districts slashing employees

Neighboring school districts report only a few teachers' contracts were not renewed for next school year and some districts are actively hiring teachers.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Witness to Hiroshima, father of 9/11 Pentagon victim, dies at age 88

The Rev. Eddie Stephens of Gainesville, father of a Gainesville woman killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88.

May 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville tourism agency trying to bring in more with less

Budget cuts have the future of two agencies geared toward economic development hanging in the balance.

May 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospice's Camp Braveheart needs volunteers

As an adult, dealing with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Coping with that loss can be made even more difficult when trying to help a child through that process.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Some fret that building North Hall, Cool Springs parks could stretch staffing

Now on track to build two parks, Hall County officials differ on whether the county is up to the task.

May 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT honors its first "Everyday Hero"

Family members were unaware that the unimaginable had happened.

May 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau launching South Atlanta campus in Fairburn

Brenau University leaders announced Monday the school will open its second Atlanta-area campus this fall.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Meet your government: Foley helps crime victims

For victims of crime, the criminal justice system can be confounding and frustrating, often with waits of many months, sometimes years, to see a case resolved.

May 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain doesn't hamper annual butterfly release

Despite a steady drizzle, hundreds turned out Sunday afternoon for the 13th annual butterfly release at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

May 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hill, on his way to Jefferson police, reflects on 9 years in Hoschton

HOSCHTON - The Hoschton Police Department lost a veteran officer Friday when police chief David Hill officially retired his badge and bid Hoschton farewell.After nine years as chief, Hill recently resigned to take a job as major of Police Services with the Jefferson Police Department.

May 17, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


LOST income surprises Jefferson

Although sales tax collections tend to fluctuate from month to month, recent revenue tallies have caught Jefferson officials off guard.

May 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville may be able to rehire school employees

This evening, the Gainesville school board will present its first draft of the upcoming fiscal year's budget, even as it awaits a final deficit figure.

May 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To dive with a legend, Hall County man will head to the Dominican Republic

Peaceful, quiet and blue, very blue. Floating around under water is like visiting another world with strange inhabitants.

May 17, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Hall County group to advocate for mental health

A mental health advocacy group is starting to take root in Hall County, but it may have never found its way if not for a couple of retirees.

May 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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