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Gainesville school board fires Steven Ballowe

Citing fiscal irresponsibility as the primary factor, the Gainesville city school board voted 3-2 Thursday to fire Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fourth of July events

  • Fourth of July, Stone Mountain. Lasershow and fireworks. Today-Saturday, Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 E. Exit 8, Stone Mountain. $10 vehicle admission. 770-498-5690.
  • Annual Community 4th of July Celebration, Gainesville. Free food and games. 4 p.m. today, Bethel Community Center, Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. 770-983-7772.
  • Independence Day Celebration, Chattanooga, Tenn. Fireworks, 10 tonight, Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. Children age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $5 gate admission, free parking. Tickets for rides priced separately. 706-866-5681 or

July 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Keeping the Fourth safe a priority for law enforcement

Many people likely will spend the Fourth of July relaxing at Lake Lanier or vacationing out of town, but regardless of your plans, make sure to be prepared and stay safe this holiday weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A timeline of Steven Ballowe's tenure with Gainesville city schools

May 8, 2001: The Gainesville school board votes unanimously to hire Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | | Local


Officials expect a lively, crowded lake for holiday

Don't expect solitude if you go to Lake Lanier this weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday travel: Car checkups boost gas mileage

Snacks? Check. Music? Check. Directions? Check.

There are a lot of things that go into preparing for a road trip, so don't forget to have your car checked out for any possible problems before you head out on the road for a Fourth of July getaway.

July 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Kroger expands voluntary ground beef recall to include Georgia

CINCINNATI -- First it was the tomatoes. Now it's the beef.

Fourth of July picnic tables are getting a careful look as familiar hamburgers are feared to be among the tainted ingredients in separate food safety scares.

July 07, 2008 | By Terry Kinney The Associated Press | Local


Hero’s name graces Lula post office

LULA - The Lula post office was formally renamed in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican during a ceremony Thursday morning.

July 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


'Improprieties' in Jefferson Police Department probed

JEFFERSON - In the process of auditing its evidence room policies and procedures, the Jefferson Police Department found some "improprieties" that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon will be examining, according to a news release.

July 07, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Code Orange: Air pollution alert in effect for Hall County

Hall County was included in Atlanta's Code Orange air quality alert Thursday. But that doesn't mean the county was smoggier than usual.

July 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville Symphony kicks off holiday weekend with a pop

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra treated a star-spangled audience to patriotic tunes Thursday at the annual Patriotic Pops Concert at the Brenau University Amphitheater.

July 07, 2008 | | Local


Sugar Hill looking for new principal

There will be a new face in the principal's office at Sugar Hill Elementary School soon.

Rick Quarles has served as principal of the school since it opened about five years ago, but will be leaving his position at Sugar Hill this month for another administrative position in the Hall County school system, according to Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools.

July 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite high gas prices, bicycle sales haven't taken off

As the price of gasoline continues to climb, sales of both motorcycles and motorized scooters have increased in Hall County.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


FAA to investigate fatal ultralight plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the cause of an ultralight plane crash Wednesday morning in White County that killed the pilot.

The man later was identified as Jim Lanier of Sugar Hill.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Financial problems force closure of Dawson’s Gold Creek Golf Club

What once was deemed Dawson County's premier golf club has closed.

July 06, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


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Movie production will again cause Ga. 53 delays

Motorists should again expect delays Thursday on Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway as filming for a movie, "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black, takes place in Hall, Forsyth and Jackson counties.

July 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lake group looking at EPD leading water quality effort

BUFORD - Area government and utility leaders appeared to be leaning Wednesday toward state environmental officials taking the lead in developing a water quality plan for Lake Lanier.

July 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau nursing school names Hewett, 2 others to posts

Brenau University has appointed Dina McDade Hewett of Gainesville as director of its School of Nursing.

July 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Chemical spill sends 5 workers to hospital in Forsyth County

Five workers at the Forsyth County Water Reclamation Facility on Carolene Way in Cumming were hospitalized just after 2 p.m. Tuesday after being exposed to sodium hydroxide, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

July 30, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Eyes on the Road: Flowery Branch restudying bridge bids

Flowery Branch has hit a delay in its much-needed Spring Street bridge project.

July 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Adult learning courses adapt to meet members' needs

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, a program that offers nondegree courses and activities to adults, is adapting after a member survey showed a need for more flexible pricing and scheduling.

July 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall library furlough days hurt workers, patrons alike

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its 2015 fiscal year budget in June, the spending plan included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time county workers and called for no furlough days.

July 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police find 32 grams of meth after traffic stop

Running a red light with a broken taillight led to a Stone Mountain man's arrest in Hall County on eight other drug, weapons and theft charges.

July 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


"Goosebumps" filming will cause traffic delays

Expect traffic delays today on Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway as filming for a movie, "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black, takes place in Hall, Forsyth and Jackson counties.

July 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Car owner out on bond following incident that hurt children

The owner of the rolling vehicle that injured four children Sunday is out on bond, while three of the children are believed to be released from the hospital.

July 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont's Main Street closed until this afternoon

Main Street/Ga. 284 in Clermont will be partially closed as the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces a damaged drainage pipe.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Corps plans return to first-come, first-served system for dock permits

A five-year lottery system didn't complete the task, so the Army Corps of Engineers plans to revert to first-come, first-served in issuing the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

July 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Owner charged after runaway car strikes children

The owner of the rolling car that injured four children Sunday has been charged, and three of the children have been released from the hospital.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend

Georgia's tax-free weekend is Friday and Saturday, and retailers and families alike are gearing up for the rush to get back-to-school supplies.

July 29, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Fire Services giving away life jackets Friday at area park

Hall County Fire Services is handing out free life jackets from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Bolding Mill Park.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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