Hall County residents could be looking at a tax increase to fund school district projects. The county may raise taxes to fund a number of increased expenses, including new teachers, textbooks and school buses. "The budget growth this year is similar to the growth of previous years' budgets within a few percentage points," said Lee Lovett, Hall County deputy superintendent. At $217,534,073, the 2009 budget is projected to ...
A controversial rezoning that two Gainesville City Council members thought they defeated nearly two weeks ago is back on the table.
ATLANTA - A former top official of the Georgia Department of Transportation was defeated in his bid to become a member of the state board that oversees the agency. Larry Dent, a retired DOT deputy commissioner, lost in the second round of balloting to Steve Farrow, a former state senator from Dalton. Farrow was elected Thursday on a vote of 17-7 to the 9th District on the state transportation ...
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. "The city had informed (Adams) in a letter ... but that information never ...
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." Heated comments filled the second of two ...
Under a clear evening sky, more than 400 people gathered for a bigger version of a family movie night.
If the Gainesville City Council approves a new health insurance plan for city employees on Tuesday, city employees will do something they have never done before - help pay their premiums.
Senior Communications Officer Rachelle Dhabolt and her co-workers in Hall County's 911 Center have often felt the frustration of answering medical emergency calls but being prevented from dispensing any instructions to the callers.
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.
The Humane Society of Hall County was forced to euthanize most of the animals in its shelter Wednesday in order to control an outbreak of respiratory disease.
Talk about bad timing.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Wednesday that he risked a considerable amount of political capital in the last race for the State Transportation Board and he, along with the House speaker and the governor, will sit on the sidelines for today's caucus to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Chairman Mike Evans. The Chestnut Mountain Republican made his comments during a visit to Forsyth County. He indicated ...
A car crash victim was flown to an Atlanta hospital after an accident Wednesday morning in North Hall County, officials said. The Georgia State Patrol was dispatched to the three-car accident at the intersection of Lula Road and Glade Farm Road at about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday. A state patrol operator said one person was taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in ...
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.
Alcohol may have played a role in the accidental drowning of a 34-year-old Gainesville woman in a residential pool Wednesday in North Hall, authorities said. Residents at a home in the 5900 block of Whitmire Road called 911 at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday to report the drowning, Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.
The Hall County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the North Georgia Detention Center and the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to honor victims of natural disasters both close to home and hundreds of miles away.
A man was shot and killed Monday evening in the parking lot outside the Peppers Market off E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.
Flowery Branch is Hall County's fastest-growing city, expanding 2.7 percent between July 2011 and July 2012, according to recently released census statistics.
"Do you feel nourished?" That's what rising seventh-grader Christina Antoci asked Adrianna Silva after wiping toner from her face Monday.
City Council members are scheduled to consider several items at their meeting this evening. On the agenda are raising city water and sewer prices, adopting a West Gainesville-Hall County opportunity zone, setting the 2014 property tax rate for the Gainesville Board of Education and changing the ordinance on annexations initiated by the city.
A Gainesville man was charged with using a gun with a filed-off identification number after a man was shot in the hand outside the J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway just before midnight Saturday.
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