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Life on the Lake: Even though Fay never showed up, area won’t miss out on rain

Lake Lanier may have lost out on Fay, but there's hope yet that rainfall this week will bring much-needed relief.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Peace Corps luring more volunteers from Georgia

The Peace Corps is enrolling more volunteers nationwide, and Georgia applications are up 49 percent from 2007, said David Leavitt, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist.

August 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area meetings, Aug. 25-28

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


3,200 gallons of sewage spills into Hagen Creek

A sewer line blockage in the city of Lula Sunday afternoon caused more than 3,200 gallons of raw sewage to spill into a tributary of Hagen Creek, which feeds into the Chattahoochee River.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Study to analyze sewer-water rate differential

An out-of-state consulting firm will spend the next two months comparing how much it costs Gainesville's Public Utilities Department to serve customers outside Gainesville's city limits to the cost of providing those same services to city residents.

August 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau gets high value marks from U.S. News

For the fourth year in a row, Brenau University was ranked as the 10th best education value in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect's fate in death penalty case is in jury's hands

A jury will ponder today whether Ignacio Vergara is guilty of murder in a drug-related shooting that claimed two lives six years ago on a gravel road in South Hall.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega Rangers sentenced to prison for attempted drug theft

Two Dahlonega-based Army Rangers were sentenced to a total of five years in federal prison Monday for their role in a scheme to rob drug traffickers of cocaine at gunpoint.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Budget cuts might slice state parks in Northeast Georgia

Georgia's state parks system ranks among the best in the country. Its 48 parks and 15 historic sites attract 11 million visitors each year, with high levels of customer satisfaction.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA's president touts incoming class of freshmen

The president of the University of Georgia told a Gainesville civic club on Monday that the new freshman class entering this year has the best academic credentials of any to enter the college.

August 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch United Methodist Church celebrates 146 years

FLOWERY BRANCH - The building has changed several times, but the worship has remained constant for 146 years.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia bridges check out OK 1 year after Minnesota bridge collapse

Driving across a long bridge, especially an older one, it may be hard for some motorists to erase from their memory the news footage of the Minnesota bridge that collapsed one year ago, killing 13 people and injuring scores of others.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truckin' at Touch-A-Truck

Kids of all ages, and their family members, turned out for Saturday's ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Gainesville Parks and Recreation. More than 25 vehicles including big rig wreckers, garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars and more filled the parking lot of City Park. Children were able to climb around the vehicles and try blowing the horns. Also included were smaller vehicles like riding lawn mowers and a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle. Other activities included inflatable jumping toys and an opportunity to get a temporary tattoo.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 families get new houses from Habitat for Humanity

Blondine Jackson knows exactly how she plans to break in her new house on Black Drive in Gainesville.

August 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price of feed is ruffling a few feathers

In remarks to poultry industry representatives this week, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said things were tough in the poultry industry.

August 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | 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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