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Previous evaluations praised Ballowe’s financial management

A year ago, Steven Ballowe received a glowing evaluation from the Gainesville board of education. The report was heavy in praise for Ballowe's innovations and how the system has drawn acclaim across the state for its educational practices.

June 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rodeo riders get their motors runnin’

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Watts made steering a 1,000-pound chrome and steel beast through hairpin-tight turns look easy Saturday.

June 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


People putted, pets prospered at fundraiser

On this cool Saturday morning, the Oaks Miniature Golf course was bustling with sound. Lively folk music and rushing waterfalls blended in the background of people chatting as they lined up for their turn at the "Putting for Pets" miniature golf tournament.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville City School's budget only trims $1.4 million

The Gainesville City Board of Education's proposed budget for next year will only cut $1.4 million from its estimated $6.5 million deficit, documents obtained Friday show.

June 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Taste of Flowery Branch event offers residents all they can eat

FLOWERY BRANCH - Enticing smells and jazzy tunes wafted down Main Street at Saturday's Taste of Flowery Branch.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville’s Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire

Gainesville's Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire from his post in August to pursue a higher calling.

June 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rough market may spur more arsons

As the economy slides, homes and businesses burn.

June 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pool closed today for swim meets

Green Street Pool will be closed to the public today during the hours of 1-5 p.m. for a swim meet, according to the Gainesville Parks and Recreation department.

June 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Children’s museum up for Nickelodeon award

What do "Hannah Montana," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the INK children's museum have in common?

They've all been nominated for Nickelodeon Awards, though not exactly in the same categories.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Officials charge man in mobile home fire

Hall County fire officials filed criminal charges against a man who accidentally set fire to a vacant mobile home early Friday morning.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Florida lawmakers want study of ACF river system

A U.S. senator and a U.S. representative from Florida have introduced legislation calling for a comprehensive study of the water management, needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No one injured in Hickory Hills house fire

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed an upscale, three-story home on Hickory Hills Drive early Friday, officials said.

June 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Stephen Gurr hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com; sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fundraiser honors life of slain hiker Meredith Emerson

Meredith Emerson would have turned 25 this Friday. But instead of celebrating, her family and friends can only reflect on her absence from their lives.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Candidates address Lake Lanier worries

DAWSONVILLE - Local and state candidates vying for votes in the upcoming July 15 primary told members of the Lake Lanier Association on Monday that they would do whatever it takes at the regional, state and national level to slow outtake and refill the lake.

June 24, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Livestock requests bother residents at Hall planning meeting

Chickens and horses were a point of contention for many Hall County residents at Monday's packed planning commission meeting.

Lora and Paul Cushard drew a crowd of unhappy neighbors when they asked the commission to rezone their property to allow them to operate a commercial equestrian center.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula plans for the end of SPLOST

Lula is developing a backup plan in case Hall County's special purpose local option sales tax is not extended after it expires next year.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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