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Gainesville city schools: Fiscal fiasco?

The Gainesville school system's budget deficit of $6.5 million to $7 million deficit is rooted in events before the current fiscal year, which began July 1, 2007. Here's a look at some of its history and what city taxpayers can expect in days ahead:

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man charged in armed robbery

Quick work by Gainesville police led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a Dawsonville Highway restaurant at gunpoint early Saturday.

June 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Woman charged with prostitution

A Norcross woman was arrested during the investigation of suspected prostitution operation Friday at a Gainesville house, authorities said.

June 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forsyth will fight corps for Bethel Park

The battle over Bethel Park appears headed to federal court.

June 18, 2008 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


School chief’s contract calls for full pay if dismissed without cause

Just after the start of a fiscal year that would end with his school system's budget nearly $7 million in the hole, Gainesville school superintendent Steven Ballowe was given a three-year contract with a guarantee of payment of salary and all benefits for the remainder of the contract if he is dismissed without cause.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall schools ease tax increase estimate

Taxpayers still will likely pay more in taxes for the Hall County school system, but not as much as earlier expected.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News gets help finding good doctors

Free clinics for the poor are seen as a partial solution to the nation's health care crisis. But most of these clinics are staffed by volunteer physicians, and many practicing doctors aren't able to take time out of their hectic lives to participate.

June 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's new fire station will increase protection

Firefighters are still settling in after their first week at Fire Station 2's new home in Clermont while neighbors are enjoying lower insurance premiums.

June 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dog days of summer come early with high temperatures

The heat of summer has arrived in full, blazing glory. And about a month or two ahead of schedule, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger.

June 18, 2008 | | Local


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


Retired Army corpsman plunges into task of updating aging manuals

When he retired in 2006, Jerry Barnes thought of taking it easy and doing the things he enjoyed, like doting on his new grandson and being a passionate fan of Virginia Tech football.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-firefighter confesses to touching teen

A judge rejected a former longtime Hall County firefighter and paramedic's request for special first-offender treatment in a sexual battery case Thursday, instead requiring that the defendant register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced 41-year-old John A. Bond to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to improperly touching a 15-year-old girl not related to him who was staying in his home in 2006. The sentence was negotiated between Bond's lawyer, Dan Sammons, and prosecutors with the Hall County District Attorney's office.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeless man severely burned in fire

An elderly homeless man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with severe burns after a vacant mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at an Athens Highway mobile home park.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the man, whose name and age were not confirmed Thursday, suffered third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Suspect in road rage slaying enters not guilty plea

Hugo Tepanca never met Jose Vargas before a chance encounter in traffic six weeks ago, authorities say.

But investigators believe a confrontation between the two men as they drove on a Gainesville street ended in bloodshed, with Tepanca behind bars on charges of committing a murder prompted by road rage.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Big crowd expected at job fair in Forsyth County

March 30, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Normally, people only go to the hospital if they have to.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

March 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School yearbook earns praise for design

Gainesville High School's yearbook, "The Radiator," recently received national recognition for excellence in design.

March 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Clock ticking as legislature enters final week of session

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are set to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight on Thursday, leaving only two working days left for the year and plenty to accomplish.

March 29, 2015 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Teachers get help in STEM instruction at UNG conference

Educators from around North Georgia met Saturday for the Georgia Science Teachers Association District II ELIPSE (Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators) Conference held on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus.

March 29, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center's new Braselton hospital helps drives growth

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is making an economic impression on its surrounding area, even before it opens Wednesday.

March 29, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


A rarity: Murder case ends quickly in hotel slaying

For fans of the TV crime procedural, each episode's case is wrapped up with a neat bow in 60 minutes.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Day care owner, staff members indicted in 2014 toddler burn case

The owner, site director and an employee at a former Clermont day care were indicted Thursday on charges connected to a toddler who was burned on the premises last summer.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Though the weather was a bit cool even for late March, local residents found plenty of ways to enjoy a spring Saturday in the area.

March 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Put simply, Byronica Banks is a remarkable college student.

March 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

It still doesn't seem real to Erbey Rebollar and the family business at Taxi El Palmar.

March 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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