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Petition calls for removal of Gainesville superintendent

A petition is circulating among Gainesville residents for the removal of Steven Ballowe as superintendent of the Gainesville school system.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


THE PARENTS: Steering children through teen years a challenge

Launching a child into adulthood means sending them through the teenage years, an unavoidable and thorny path that parents remember with scars of their own.

And among the most worrisome distractions for parents are drugs and alcohol.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


East Hall Middle meets 'AYP' for first time in 9 years

For nearly a decade, East Hall Middle School has been mired in negative labels concerning its academic progress.

The skies finally began clearing Wednesday.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State educator a finalist for top job at Middle Georgia

W. Michael Stoy, Gainesville State College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of two finalists for president at Middle Georgia College.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Battle lines drawn between superintendent, Gainesville school board

The often-controversial tenure of Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe appears in doubt after battle lines were drawn this week between Ballowe and members of the City Board of Education.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No summer break for school projects

There's no summer vacation for construction workers at area schools. In fact, work has hit high gear as crews try to wrap up work at the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, which opens in August for the 2008-09 school year.

"We're putting floor tiles down, cleaning, landscaping, putting in final drives," said Jerry Huguley, construction manager for the Hall County system.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Early projects list shows Ga. 211 widening as top priority

A Norcross consultant helping to develop a long-range transportation plan for Gainesville-Hall County has ranked the widening of Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in South Hall as the area's No. 1 priority.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former Lanier Islands CID director dies in car wreck

A Roswell man who had worked to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has died.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fla., Ga. again attacking each other in water wars

Both Florida and Georgia are again firing shots at each other in a 1-year-old water wars case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood votes to raise taxes by 50 percent

Oakwood residents and homeowners will see their property tax rate jump by 50 percent.

October 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Number of uninsured in Hall County is dropping

The number of uninsured Hall County residents has dropped to its second-lowest level in five years, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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