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Gainesville officials: Budget memo at center of schools' financial mess might not exist

Nearly two weeks after Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe recommended a 20 percent tax hike to make up for a nearly $7 million deficit in the school system's budget, school officials have yet to produce a March 2006 letter that he claims is at the center of the school system's financial debacle.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Indictment accuses former manager of swiping $548,000 from doctor's office

A once-trusted employee who worked for a Gainesville doctor for more than 25 years stands accused of embezzling more than half a million dollars from his office.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


As gas prices skyrocket, so does Red Rabbit ridership

More people rode the Red Rabbit this year than ever before, making Hall Area Transit one of the fastest-growing bus systems in the country.

June 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch passes budgets after cutting $400,000 in capital spending

Flowery Branch sewer, water and solid waste customers soon could be paying a new service charge to balance the city's utilities fund budget passed Wednesday.

Flowery Branch City Council approved a $2,390,310 sewer, water and solid waste budget for fiscal year 2009, effective July 1. They also passed a $3,498,691 general fund budget for the upcoming year.

June 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


2 teens are charged in pellet gun attack

Two recently graduated Gainesville High School student-athletes were arrested Wednesday, accused of shooting a woman in the face with a pellet gun from a moving car.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sewage spill near Walnut Creek

Nearly 70,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto the ground and into a tributary of North Walnut Creek on Wednesday, but a Gainesville Public Utilities official says the water should be back to its normal quality in a couple of days.

June 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


40 years later: Gainesville judge recalls relationship with RFK

On the morning of June 5, 1968, Sidney O. Smith Jr., then a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia, was at home alone in Gainesville.

His family had left for a beach trip. Shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, Smith had turned on the radio for the morning news, not expecting what he heard.

June 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


RaceTrac gets thumbs up at Seasons

A RaceTrac gas station will stand on what was formerly the commercial retail portion of the Seasons on Lake Lanier planned unit development after all.

However, managers of the gas station will be barred from receiving deliveries between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | 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


Medical center honors nurse for years of dedication

Even before Jim Gardner, president of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, finished announcing Linda Niles as the 2008 employee of the year, the entire room had risen to its feet in thunderous applause.

June 15, 2008 | | Local


Heart association recommends monitoring blood pressure from home

If you're diabetic, you know you're supposed to check your blood sugar every day.

But if you have high blood pressure, chances are you only get your pressure checked a few times a year, when you go to a doctor's office.

June 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch set to discuss budget today

Nearly $400,000 of new sewer and water ventures will have to wait so the Flowery Branch City Council can balance its sewer and water fund for the upcoming year, Mayor Diane Hirling said.

June 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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


550 kids could lose after-school program at YMCA

Problems within the Georgia Department of Education are causing the Georgia Mountains YMCA to struggle with how to keep 550 at-risk kids in an after-school program when school starts in August.

June 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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A dark day in history now memorialized with marker

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Tech to host 1st job fair in 6 years

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare Ebola plan

Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dance and auction will benefit child welfare group

A night of dinner and dancing will help raise tens of thousands of dollars to save and protect North Georgia children.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Graduation rates decrease for local school districts

Both Hall and Gainesville schools saw slight drops in their graduation rates in 2014, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education this morning.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


More than 600K voters cast ballots in Georgia

More than 600,000 early ballots have been cast in Georgia, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Man pleads not guilty in West Avenue slaying

One of the men indicted in a June 5 West Avenue fatal shooting has waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

October 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gov. Deal compares Democrat Carter to Obama

October 30, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation lauds local couple’s generosity

Woodrow "Woody" Stewart was known for his passion, his leadership and his generosity.

October 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Schools in Hall County battle bus driver shortage

Hall County Schools is looking for a creative solution to a chronic problem in school districts - a shortage of substitute bus drivers.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tri-state water management group being explored

A private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible "transboundary" water management institute.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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