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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


Funeral home to honor presidents with special room

While banks and government offices are closed, Memorial Park Funeral Home will celebrate today's Presidents' Day holiday by dedicating a Presidential room.

February 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Workshops focus on veterans’ health benefits

A Gainesville estate planning attorney has found that many people visiting his office or attending workshops he has held on asset protection are veterans.

February 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Seventh-grader will join others at district spelling bee

JEFFERSON - Daniel Kimmel has made it to the big show.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Starboard Cove relocating slips

FLOWERY BRANCH - From the top of Flowery Branch City Park off Mitchell Street, visitors may have seen the heavy equipment moving in the distance at Starboard Cove Marina.

February 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Experts say buying vitamins may not be money well spent

Does good health come in the form of a pill? A growing body of research suggests otherwise.

February 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A soldier’s life, version 2.0

He set foot back on U.S soil about a month ago, but Doug Collins admits he is still adjusting to life outside the military.

February 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


SPLOST: The Vote

Get out and vote

February 15, 2009 | | Local


The last SPLOST: Where did all the money go?

Over the years, SPLOST revenues have stacked up in the form of wider roads and new community centers for county residents. Here's a look at projects funded by previous SPLOST:

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Major projects: Where will the money from SPLOST VI go?

If approved, SPLOST VI would start when the current SPLOST V ends, June 30. It will be collected through June 2015. Of the $240 million that would be raised in SPLOST VI, more than $195 million will be spent on county projects. Here's a breakdown of some of the major county projects and how much they will cost.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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