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Gainesville's Dent loses bid for DOT board post

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 board.

June 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City school's finance woes go back to 2007

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.

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents clamor for change in city school leadership

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."

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Families flock to downtown for fun, movie

Under a clear evening sky, more than 400 people gathered for a bigger version of a family movie night.

June 10, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville employees may soon pay health insurance premiums

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.

June 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


911 Center adds to lifesaving duties

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.

June 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hundreds more students to attend summer school

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.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Discovery of virus leads to euthanization of Humane Society pets

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.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County’s employees reluctant to retire

Talk about bad timing.

June 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle says he won’t endorse any candidate for transportation board post

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 the race was wide open.

June 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Two injured in morning wreck in North Hall

A car crash victim was flown to an Atlanta hospital after an accident Wednesday morning in North Hall County, officials said.

June 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents blast tax increase plan

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.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman drowns in North Hall pool

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.

June 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Low-cost pneumonia vaccine available

The 13 county health departments in Northeast Georgia's District 2 Public Health region are offering discount pneumococcal vaccine to patients who are at risk for pneumonia.

June 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Risk is small when teens give blood

Teenagers who donate blood are more likely than adults to suffer reactions such as dizziness and fainting. But medical experts say the risk is so small that it should not deter young people from giving blood.

Two years ago, the American Red Cross examined the records of nearly 2 million blood donors, including 145,000 who were 16 or 17 years old and 113,000 who were 18 or 19.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual deer hunt closes southern corps’ parks

November 20, 2014 | Times regional staff | 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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