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Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman gets jail term for illegally signing abortion papers

A Hall County woman is spending a year in jail after she illegally gave written permission for her son's 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion at a Chamblee clinic.

Cindi C. Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to violating the state's Parental Notification Act and interfering with the custody of a minor in a DeKalb County court last week.

June 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville charter school pitch clears committee, moves to full state board

A committee of the State Board of Education has recommended approval of the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Schools Committee voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to send Gainesville's application to the full state board. The panel also voted 3-to-2 to approve the Marietta city systems application and 5-to-0 on the application of the Decatur city schools.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man fined for grazing cows

A Helen man has been fined for trespassing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Kids learn how to stay out of harm's way through teamwork

Hannah Gilbert first attended what is now called Advance Camp seven years ago, as a 9-year-old elementary school student learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

June 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch man dies in Florida wreck

A Flowery Branch man was killed Tuesday night and two Vero Beach, Fla., residents suffered serious injuries when their vehicles collided on Interstate 95 near Indrio Road in St. Lucie County, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

June 22, 2008 | By Sarah Prohaska The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post | Local


Lula completes, passes state's water audit

After two years of working through the audit process for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Lula passed but will need to continue meeting the planning district's expectations over the next few years as it constructs its wastewater facility.

June 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabies strikes again: 24th case in Hall

Rabies has struck Hall County again, for the 24th time this year.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


SUVs have one less trail to ride

Officials have decided to permanently close one of the few places in the Chattahoochee National Forest where Jeeps and other full-size off-road vehicles are allowed to ride.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Braselton proposes 2009 budget

BRASELTON - Health insurance costs have driven the town of Braselton's budget up $154,000 for the 2009 fiscal year, making up about 12 percent of the total proposed budget.

June 22, 2008 | BY DONN COOPER Times regional staff | Local


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Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch ready to start Cinammon Cove project

The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch's water treatment plant.

August 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Jailer accused of hitting inmate pleads guilty

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of hitting a handcuffed inmate in 2012 pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cornelia pipe bomb maker faces probation revocation

A Cornelia woman sentenced less than six months ago on federal explosives charges now faces probation revocation following an arrest in Flowery Branch.

August 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


4 men charged with dropping rocks onto cars from overpasses

At least two cars were damaged Tuesday when police say rocks were thrown from an Interstate 985 overpass.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


State GOP denies race allegations

The Georgia Republican Party has denied allegations of racial discrimination by a Gainesville woman who was fired from her job with the party.

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top area student has interests in art, medicine, literature and theater

August 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Sinkhole repairs nearly done

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete today, depending on weather.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Circle area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with two dogs.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Trial date set for jailer accused of hitting inmate

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of striking a handcuffed inmate is scheduled for trial next week.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty to bludgeoning woman to death

ANOKA, Minn. - Speaking in a soft voice with his hands cuffed in front of him, a man accused of killing a Gainesville woman told a court how he came to know and eventually murder a Minnesota woman.

August 20, 2014 | By Sarah Horner Pioneer Press | Local


Storms leave frightened residents thankful damage was not worse

When the sky went black and wind kicked up, all Barbara Dunson could do was grab her dog, Max, and pray.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Sinkhole repairs may be complete Thursday

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete Thursday, depending on weather.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Candidates for Ga. superintendent debate standards

August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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