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The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

As he listened to the Christmas wishes of children who joined him for a carriage ride around Gainesville's downtown square Thursday evening, Santa Claus did not seem fazed by the troubles of the economy.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall will keep investigating fire that made house 'unlivable'

Investigators will return Thursday to the scene of a blaze that damaged 70 percent of a South Hall home Wednesday night.

December 25, 2008 | Michael Hughes | Local


Is the air dirty near your child's school?

Some Hall County school officials were caught off guard last week when they heard about a USA TODAY online report called "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools."

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No gun arrests in incident last week at Flowery Branch High

Hall County school officials this week dispelled false rumors that a Flowery Branch high school student was arrested on gun charges Friday.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Stabbing victim, 3 others charged in burglaries

A teen recovering from a stab wound has been charged along with three others in connection with a Monday burglary spree.

December 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Candles can spark a blaze

Many holiday celebrations and observances require the use of candles. The number of candle-related fires increases significantly during this holiday season. In order to ensure a fire-safe holiday when using candles, follow these precautions:

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lake lands big fishing event in 2010

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Lake Lanier will be the site of the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Barrow judge says 'no' to new South Hall hospital

The chief executive of Northeast Georgia Medical Center said the hospital plans to appeal a Barrow County Superior Court judge's ruling to deny a permit for a new hospital in South Hall County.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville will pay $3,750 fine for sewage spill

The city of Gainesville has agreed to pay $3,750 to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a sewage spill that happened July 22.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


North Hall Middle students decorate tree to honor coach’s fight with cancer

Christmas trees adorned with ornaments aimed at raising funds for cancer research have graced the hallways of North Hall Middle School for the past seven years. But this year is the first a tree was decorated in honor of a faculty member battling cancer.

December 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville wants DOT grant to pay for MLK Boulevard improvements

Gainesville officials are searching for another way to fund the restoration of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

December 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 arrested in Guilford Clinic break-ins; 2 more sought by police

BRASELTON - Two arrests have been made and police were searching Tuesday for two more suspects in connection with the ransacking of a pair of Braselton medical clinics last week.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said two men face charges related to recent break-ins at Braselton's two Guilford Clinics, located at 5796 Old Winder Highway and 7367 Spout Springs Road.

December 24, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr and Claire Miller sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Lake Lanier rises a foot in 1 week

With rain received over the last week, it looks like Lake Lanier may not hit a record low water level this winter as anticipated.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | 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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