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Inside The Times, ep. 52: Reporting in the age of COVID-19

Inside The Times, ep. 52: Reporting in the age of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Our reporters are spread hither and yonder, listeners, as we do our best to keep up with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state while working remotely.

In this recorded-outdoors edition of the podcast, Shannon and Nick talk about what’s been going on in Georgia as of Friday, March 27.

The Times has kept a running list of its coverage of the novel coronavirus at gainesvilletimes.com. The stories haven’t stopped coming for the past couple of weeks as the virus makes its way through the state.

Our reporters have been working day and night in unusual circumstances and less than ideal conditions. Editors are trying to keep the cats herded while also managing kids at home. 

A dog breaks loose on this episode of Inside The Times — will Shannon catch him before it’s too late?

Inside The Times, ep. 51: What the sludge?

Inside The Times, ep. 51: What the sludge?

February 28, 2020

For eight years, Hall County was losing almost $1 million a year processing other people’s sludge.

How did this hole in the budget go unnoticed for so long? And why is human waste so expensive?

We dug into these issues and more in a story for The Times, and we tell you the dirty truth in this latest episode of Inside The Times.

Inside The Times, ep. 50: Is Gainesville Middle School safe?

Inside The Times, ep. 50: Is Gainesville Middle School safe?

February 11, 2020

Is Gainesville Middle School safe?

That’s the question we set out to answer earlier this year after a parent was arrested in late 2019 for showing up to the school to complain about her son being bullied. Police were called, and they allege the parent made threats against the school.

The incident sparked a discussion in Gainesville about bullying at the school, and our education reporter, Kelsey Podo, started digging into the issue.

After conversations with parents, teachers and administrators — and a dive into the data tracked about fights and bullying at the school — The Times discovered that in 2019 there were 167 recorded incidents of fighting at the school.

Some teachers say that number is low, as they feel pressured to not record every incident. 

But administrators say they’re working to take the pressure off at the school, which is about 500 students over capacity. And parents who spoke with The Times said they feel confident in sending their kids to Gainesville Middle.

But administrators say they’re working to take the pressure off at the school, which is about 500 students over capacity. And parents who spoke with The Times said they feel confident in sending their kids to Gainesville Middle.

Celebrating Perseverance: Elizabeth Love continues the fight

Celebrating Perseverance: Elizabeth Love continues the fight

October 11, 2019

This is Celebrating Perseverance, a podcast series about the ins and outs, the highs and lows of cancer and what it looks like for the people battling it in Hall County.

On this episode, how Elizabeth Love continues to fight metastatic cancer, while living life as normal as it can be.

Celebrating Perseverance: Dr. Nash and the fight against cancer

Celebrating Perseverance: Dr. Nash and the fight against cancer

October 9, 2019

This is Celebrating Perseverance, a podcast series about the ins and outs, the highs and lows of cancer and what it looks like for the people battling it in Hall County.
I’m Layne Saliba, a reporter here at The Times and on this episode, what it’s like to be a doctor, surrounded by cancer every day but treating each and every case in its own, unique way.

Celebrating Perseverance: Pray 4 Breck

Celebrating Perseverance: Pray 4 Breck

October 6, 2019

From the Times in Gainesville, this is Celebrating Perseverance, a podcast series about the ins and outs, the highs and lows of cancer and what it looks like for the people battling it in Hall County. 

I’m Layne Saliba, a reporter here at The Times and on this episode, how the Allgood family dealt with and is still dealing with their young daughter’s cancer diagnosis.

So, when I say Pray 4 Breck, I’m pretty sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve seen it on Facebook or heard the story from someone you’re close to. But for the Allgood family, it’s not just some story. It’s their lives. Their oldest daughter Brecklynn was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer when she was just 2 years old and every moment since then has been a battle.

She’s been through chemotherapy, radiation, hair loss, seizures and way more than any other little kid deserves. More than sixty thousand people have been following Brecklynn’s story online since the very beginning and please, stick with me, because this story has a good ending. But way back in the beginning, when this whirlwind first started, the Allgoods were faced with a choice.

They could choose to take Brecklynn home and wait for the cancer to take its course or they could choose to start right there and fight this thing. They chose to fight. But this cancer, it was a fight Brecklynn’s mother, Courtney, and everyone else in their lives, never saw coming.

Inside The Times, ep. 49: Where was the gun?

Inside The Times, ep. 49: Where was the gun?

September 28, 2019

A man was reportedly waving a gun around near Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Police arrived and shot him to death. We have a 911 call that makes it unclear whether the man was holding a gun when he was shot, as investigators initially reported.

In this episode, Nate McCullough and Nick Watson talk with Shannon Casas about reporting from the scene Sept. 20. Then we delve into what we know and don’t know about the case and why we report what we do when we do.

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Inside The Times, ep. 48: Another administrator resigns at Hall County

Inside The Times, ep. 48: Another administrator resigns at Hall County

September 7, 2019

Another manager has bitten the dust over at Hall County following an HR investigation and a raft of complaints from subordinates.

This time, it’s Andre Niles, the former head of the Hall County Marshal’s Office, resigned in August after a series of complaints about a hostile work environment in his office.

In this episode, Shannon, Megan and Nick talk about how we got this story and get into the details of the investigation.

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Inside The Times, ep. 47: Georgia’s broken foster care system

Inside The Times, ep. 47: Georgia’s broken foster care system

August 27, 2019

A complicated, frustrating system of red tape is making life hard for foster children, foster families and the workers and volunteers who keep the system running.

In this episode, Shannon and Nick talk about recent meetings between the head of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services and stakeholders in Hall County. Shannon’s also a foster mother herself and talks about her experiences navigating the foster system in Georgia.

If you want to find out how to get your church or group involved with helping Georgia foster children, visit Promise686.

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Inside The Times, ep. 46: The ICE raids that didn’t happen

Inside The Times, ep. 46: The ICE raids that didn’t happen

August 16, 2019

The Gainesville gang is back after a brief vacation to talk about a few things that didn’t happen.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn’t raid poultry plants in Gainesville this month. Meanwhile, a man didn’t walk into a local Walmart brandishing a gun this week.

But, if you were hanging out around Gainesville social media this weekend, you’d be forgiven for thinking both of those things happened.

In this episode, we talk about the uphill battle against online misinformation.

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