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Authorities identify Duluth teen who drowned in Lake Lanier

CUMMING - A Duluth teenager drowned Friday in Lake Lanier after authorities say he waded into a steep drop-off at Little Ridge Park.

July 09, 2008 | By Lara Moore Times regional staff | Local


Teen drowns near Bell's Mill Bridge

A 14-year-old boy has become the second teen to drown on Lake Lanier this holiday weekend, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

July 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Man shoots up his own business

An intoxicated man fired two guns eight times inside his own business this afternoon, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

July 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holiday weekend starts with 7 deaths

The holiday weekend started off deadly across the state - with six people killed in traffic accidents and one person drowning - but was relatively quiet in Hall County.

As of 10:30 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol reported six people killed on the state's roads since the holiday period began at 6 p.m. Thursday.

July 09, 2008 | | Local


Slowing economy takes toll on service industry

As people scrimp and save because of the increasing price of food and gas, dining out is often cut from budgets. That's not only leaving some local restaurants feeling a loss, but their employees as well.

July 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New drug card gives prescription discount — for free

Imagine a free card that allows you to save money on prescription drugs, and it has no restrictions, no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out.

July 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board fires Steven Ballowe

Citing fiscal irresponsibility as the primary factor, the Gainesville city school board voted 3-2 Thursday to fire Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fourth of July events

  • Fourth of July, Stone Mountain. Lasershow and fireworks. Today-Saturday, Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 E. Exit 8, Stone Mountain. $10 vehicle admission. 770-498-5690.
  • Annual Community 4th of July Celebration, Gainesville. Free food and games. 4 p.m. today, Bethel Community Center, Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. 770-983-7772.
  • Independence Day Celebration, Chattanooga, Tenn. Fireworks, 10 tonight, Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. Children age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $5 gate admission, free parking. Tickets for rides priced separately. 706-866-5681 or

July 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Keeping the Fourth safe a priority for law enforcement

Many people likely will spend the Fourth of July relaxing at Lake Lanier or vacationing out of town, but regardless of your plans, make sure to be prepared and stay safe this holiday weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A timeline of Steven Ballowe's tenure with Gainesville city schools

May 8, 2001: The Gainesville school board votes unanimously to hire Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | | Local


Officials expect a lively, crowded lake for holiday

Don't expect solitude if you go to Lake Lanier this weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday travel: Car checkups boost gas mileage

Snacks? Check. Music? Check. Directions? Check.

There are a lot of things that go into preparing for a road trip, so don't forget to have your car checked out for any possible problems before you head out on the road for a Fourth of July getaway.

July 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Kroger expands voluntary ground beef recall to include Georgia

CINCINNATI -- First it was the tomatoes. Now it's the beef.

Fourth of July picnic tables are getting a careful look as familiar hamburgers are feared to be among the tainted ingredients in separate food safety scares.

July 07, 2008 | By Terry Kinney The Associated Press | Local


Hero’s name graces Lula post office

LULA - The Lula post office was formally renamed in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican during a ceremony Thursday morning.

July 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


'Improprieties' in Jefferson Police Department probed

JEFFERSON - In the process of auditing its evidence room policies and procedures, the Jefferson Police Department found some "improprieties" that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon will be examining, according to a news release.

July 07, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


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Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push becoming 2nd-home market

North Georgia should strive to become a "second-home mecca" for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

January 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Funeral homes report vehicles broken into, stretcher stolen

A stretcher was stolen out of a vehicle at one local funeral home and vehicles were broken into at two other local funeral homes earlier this month.

January 14, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Full text of Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

January 14, 2015 | | 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


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