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Gainesville school board faces June 30 budget deadline

In wrestling with a deficit up to $7 million, the Gainesville school board may use up every available hour in approving a 2008-09 budget by the state's June 30 deadline. That budget may include raising property taxes up to 20 percent.

June 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


City school's finance woes go back to 2007

Gainesville school superintendent Steven Ballowe said Thursday that the system's financial woes can be traced to March 2007, when the city government notified the system that property tax collections were $3 million less than projected for the 2006-07 budget year.

But word didn't travel beyond the former finance officer, who was Angela Adams, he said.

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents clamor for change in city school leadership

About 100 people complained loudly Thursday night about the Gainesville school system's financial woes, with many saying they believed Steven Ballowe should go as superintendent.

"This man runs a bank," said area resident Bill Morrison, standing next to and pointing at Dick Valentine, chief executive officer of United Community Bank. "But if he goes $7 million in the hole, he's fired."

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds more students to attend summer school

Summer school is going to be bustling this year, as, following a statewide trend, the number of Gainesville and Hall County students failing the high-stakes math portion of the state's basic-skills test more than doubled from last year.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents blast tax increase plan

Gainesville school officials said Wednesday that they don't know how the system piled up a mountain of debt, claiming a former financial chief told them the district had a surplus before she left.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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


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


A stranger among friends

It can still be a small world, even in heavily populated China.

June 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


Most students ace end-of-course exams

Nearly all of area middle school students passed the End-of-Course Tests as part of high school-level classes.

June 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ready to walk: Seniors relish event with rehearsals, ceremonies

They've imagined it. They've dreamt about it. Now, it's time to don the cap and gown and take that big walk across the stage.

June 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board discusses meeting logistics

The Gainesville City Board of Education explored some internal issues Wednesday morning, including whether an attorney should sit in on board meetings and when to hold closed-door sessions.

The board held the retreat at city school board offices to review procedures, particularly as two of the members - Sammy Smith and Maria Calkins - are beginning their first four-year terms on the board.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State throws out social studies portion of CRCT

The Georgia Department of Education is throwing out results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests' social studies portion taken by sixth- and seventh-graders in April.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school system proposes 15 percent property tax rate increase

To begin the climb out of a deep financial hole, Gainesville school officials are recommending raising the property tax rate by 15 percent in fiscal year 2008-09, which begins July 1.

May 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Basic training

Sonia Zavala is considering a military career when she graduates from Gainesville High School in two years.

May 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


Free enterprise rocks for Gainesville State students on way to Chicago competition

Gainesville State College has no intercollegiate athletic teams to cheer for, but it has a business division club that has become quite a powerhouse.

May 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Emotions rise on lakefront reassessment

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Group moves forward on water study, albeit in secret

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders soldiers on, but behind closed doors.

April 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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