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Risk is small when teens give blood

Teenagers who donate blood are more likely than adults to suffer reactions such as dizziness and fainting. But medical experts say the risk is so small that it should not deter young people from giving blood.

Two years ago, the American Red Cross examined the records of nearly 2 million blood donors, including 145,000 who were 16 or 17 years old and 113,000 who were 18 or 19.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Our Neighbor: Plans for a bookstore still on the shelf

Mike Reno knows how to sell Stephen King novels.

If Gainesville's sewer plans had not run right through Our Neighbor Inc.'s desire to refashion a 1930s-era house into a bookstore and coffee shop, Reno would be doing that today.

June 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville maintains good fire protection rating

If you live in Gainesville and your house is on fire, you should expect good service.

A measure of fire protection that influences home insurance premiums for Gainesville residents has stayed among the best in the state, city officials learned this week.

June 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood ushers in an age of expansion

Oakwood residents have been scrambling around orange construction barrels for months, but officials said roads and sewer lines being built now pave the way for the city's bright future.

June 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A life’s work in Dawson Forest

William Thacker spent more than half of his life taming some of the wildest land in Georgia.

June 07, 2008 | By Ben Holcombe For The Times | Local


Candidates play politics for seat on transportation board

For those who don't follow politics, this is the ultimate game of inside baseball.

The members of the State Transportation Board are the only state regulatory panel elected solely by members of the General Assembly. Average voters couldn't name their district board member, but the phones of 24 members of the House and Senate have been busy this week with candidates for the vacant transportation board seat in the 9th District.

June 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday was perfect for grilling outside, having fun in Lake Lanier

As much as Memorial Day was for honoring fallen soldiers, to many, Monday was the unofficial beginning of summer holidays and a day to honor not having to rise early for work or school.

June 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


$4-per-gallon gasoline hasn’t killed our thirst

Just a few weeks ago, industry analysts were speculating that the price of gasoline might surpass $4 a gallon by the end of summer.

How quickly things change. In some parts of North Georgia, gas is already exceeding the $4 mark. Now, people are discussing something previously unimaginable: How soon will gas hit $5?

June 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Most Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Six of Hall County's eight high schools outperformed the state in all portions of this spring's Georgia High School Graduation Tests, according to results released Friday.

East Hall, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Johnson, North Hall and West Hall posted higher averages than the state in the English/language arts, math, science and social studies portions of the tests, which students must pass to earn a diploma.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Blood donors give regardless of reward

Gainesville residents were given an extra reason to donate blood during the Memorial Day weekend.

June 07, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Troopers see less Memorial Day traffic

Holiday weekends usually mean congestion for the state's roads and lakes, but this Memorial Day weekend was less troublesome than years past.

June 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville schools consider raising taxes

The Gainesville City Board of Education is looking at a possible 15 percent hike in the tax rate as part of its proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in with their opinions at hearings set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, 170 Barn St., and at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual parade, cemetery vigil honor area's fallen warriors on Memorial Day

Green Street exploded red, white and blue as American veterans marched through downtown Gainesville Monday amidst the fanfare of a high school marching band and cheering crowds.

June 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Generations of service

It was good living, growing up on the farm. It was the early 1900s and Marcus A. Poole Sr. raised cotton and vegetables along with eight hard-working children - five sons and three daughters.

June 05, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


JAKES Day gives young and old a chance to go wild

Sam McKnight, 14, of Cumming said he doesn't get much of a chance to participate in outdoor sports when he is at his parents' house. But when he visits his grandparents in Gainesville, he has fun getting to throw tomahawks and going fishing.

June 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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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


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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