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Area schools retain policies for corporal punishment

If you think that the days of children being paddled at school disappeared with saddle shoes and poodle skirts, you may be surprised to learn that many areas school systems still have policies allowing corporal punishment, though most don't enforce the policy.

December 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Riverside JROTC wins parade honor

Riverside Military Academy's JROTC squad has been recognized as best unit in a recent parade in Atlanta.

December 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Governments cut back as sales tax revenues decline

Local government officials are having to adjust their spending to match that of Hall County consumers.

Revenues from the three local sales taxes were lower in October than they were the last four years, and those in charge of local government spending say they have been watching the revenues steadily decline with the crumbling economy since January.

December 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gun buffs flock to firearms show at Mountains Center

A sour economy has done nothing to damper gun sales, judging by the near-overflow crowd for the Eastman Gun Show on Saturday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought hangs on in Northeast Georgia

The drought isn't over by a long shot.

Welcome rains that brought Lake Lanier's levels up by more than a foot in recent weeks are not enough to pull Northeast Georgia from a stubborn drought that has persisted for more than two years.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Age-old lore tries to predict the worst of winter

Long before there was Doppler radar and 24-hour weather on TV, prognostications on the climate ahead often were based on such things as where hornets and squirrels built their nests and the tightness of husks on corn.

Today is the first day of winter. Unlike some years, Northeast Georgia already has had a brush with Old Man Winter, with temperatures dipping well below freezing.

December 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-police captain pleads not guilty to weapons charges

A former Jefferson police captain pleaded not guilty today to federal weapons charges.

December 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High’s JROTC cadets crave structure

Many high school students try to avoid discipline, but the 72 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets of Gainesville High School are asking for it.

December 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Utility offering three college scholarships

The Jackson Electric Membership Corp. wants to do more than help light up a darkened home. The organization also wants to help illuminate the path to higher education for area students.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charities still need donations

Something shocking has happened at LAMP Ministries, Inc. They haven't received a single monetary donation.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local


Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local


North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | 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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