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Newspaper sues city of Gainesville over open records

The Times filed suit Tuesday against the city of Gainesville, claiming city officials have violated the state's Open Records law by refusing to release information contained in a letter tied to the investigation of former city manager Bryan Shuler.

At issue in the Open Records Act case is an anonymous letter sent to the city alleging improprieties by Shuler. The city has refused to release an unedited version of the letter, making available only a copy which had the names of three city employees "redacted," or removed.

March 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson council ponders whether to sell property

The Jefferson City Council wants to take a closer look at a piece of property before deciding to sell or continue leasing it to a local business.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Atlanta man charged in woman’s slaying

An Atlanta man has been charged in the 2006 slaying of a 30-year-old Roswell mother whose body was discovered in an abandoned Forsyth County farmhouse.

March 23, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


2 companies holding job fairs this week

The announcements of two job fairs this week shows that not all the news about the economy is bad.

March 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


North Georgia college making classes bigger

North Georgia College & State University is expanding core class sizes and reducing energy costs to save money during a tight budget year.

March 23, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jackson EMC gives funds to five local groups

Five organizations serving Hall County have been awarded $59,000 in grants by the Jackson EMC Foundation, funded by cooperative members' participation in Operation Round Up.

March 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Water to be turned off today around Hardy Road for repairs

Approximately 100 homes in the area of Hardy Road will lose water service between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today.

March 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Board member says reform of education funding put on hiatus years ago

ATLANTA - Work on revamping Georgia's more than 20-year-old education funding formula has come to a halt as the state deals with the worst fiscal crisis in decades.

March 23, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


House, Senate pit state vs. regions in transportation sales tax

The members of the state House and Senate agree there is a need for an additional sales tax to pay for transportation projects. How that happens has the two chambers on different roads.

March 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville disputes annexation speed trap rap

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has called for a public hearing April 9 to discuss Gainesville's plans to annex a section of Interstate 985, an issue that has caused tension between the two governments.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ponzi scheme price: $60M stolen from 50; guilty man faces up to 20 years

The staggering scope of the largest fraud case in Hall County history was revealed in federal court Monday, where Wendell Ray Spell admitted to defrauding at least 50 people of more than $60 million in a Ponzi scheme.

March 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job, children keep Hall County clerk busy

Hall County's clerk has a lot on her plate.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Healthy Monday: 'Observation' could decide whether patient's stuck with entire tab

"He was admitted to the hospital for observation." You've heard that phrase plenty of times. But what does it really mean?

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson schools face making improvements despite low revenues

Even in the face of state budget cuts, area school systems still have to educate students.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grady Young Foundation declares weekend successful

Some golfers didn't want to leave the Chattahoochee Golf Course, the weather was so good.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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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