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Needed bridge put new priority on surrounding roadwork

Plans to fix the roadway around a bridge near Lula Park in northeast Hall have lingered for at least a decade, but they've gained priority as the need to replace the bridge has risen.

"It's easier and a more efficient use of money to go ahead and do (the roadwork and bridge) together," said Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverbend Baptist Church didn't travel far in mission project

Riverbend Baptist Church left its property but not the country, let alone the city, for a mission project Sunday.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia State Patrol working wreck on U.S. 129

Georgia State Patrol responded tonight to a possible wreck with injuries on U.S. 129.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Diseases run in the family

Here's your Thanksgiving checklist: Eat turkey. Watch football. Talk to your relatives about their health.

December 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Meet your government: Ligon has been on job since Midtown’s start

Gainesville's Planning Director Rusty Ligon has been a part of Gainesville's Midtown redevelopment since its first days. He soon may see some of his work come to fruition.

December 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

December 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Home chefs learn how to tackle Thanksgiving

Cooking a tasty Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge for even the most seasoned cook.

For the cook who has been preparing the massive holiday meal for years, the challenge may be in how to jazz up the traditional spread, while the non-cook may struggle with how to get started with the complex meal.

December 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Liquid propane could fuel Hall’s buses in the future

Hall County school buses could be the first in the state to use liquid propane fuel, according to the county schools transportation director.

Jewel Armour, executive director of transportation for Hall County schools, said he's been working with Blue Bird buses and CleanFUEL USA this week to explore fueling buses with liquid propane rather than costly diesel fuel.

December 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson schools awarded for reaching goals in special education

When it comes to special education, the Jefferson City School System is tops compared to other local and statewide school systems, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

Jefferson City Schools recently received several Pacesetter Awards from the state department of education for meeting six of the state's seven target achievement goals for special education students.

December 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Operation Patriot's Call keeps eye on military families

On March 25, 2005, Sgt. Gordon Smith held the hand of his wife, Amy, as she gave birth to their third child, Damien Joshua Smith.

November 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Demand up for concealed handguns

Hall County Probate Court Judge Patti Cornett remembers when the permit to carry a concealed handgun in Georgia was called a "pistol toting license."

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fans huddle for warmth during Friday night's games

Freezing temperatures didn't stop fans from cheering on their teams Friday night as round two of high school football playoffs continued across the state.

November 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mission group serves holiday meal on Atlanta Highway

They lined up in the cold in the parking lot of an Atlanta Highway supermarket Saturday for a hot meal - immigrants who came to Gainesville for work and now find themselves in need.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A Gainesville soldier's wife devised a cover story of a mysterious threatening phone call before setting fire to the couple's on-base apartment, with hopes of cashing in a $100,000 life insurance policy on her husband, a federal prosecutor theorized in arguments and testimony presented Friday.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Remembering JFK's death

Nov. 22, 1963, started off like any other fall day for Bimbo Brewer. For the University of Georgia freshman, it meant another day of classes.

November 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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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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