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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


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


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


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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Georgia Rideshare lot goes unused

A Georgia Rideshare lot off Exit 17 at Interstate 985 has become more of a truck terminal and homeless haven than a commuter parking lot five years after it was built.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 charged with drug possession in North Hall

Two people were arrested and charged by the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad with several charges linked to possession of drugs.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cookout gathers community to support injured firefighters

Smoke rose Saturday from the Lowe's parking lot, but the Hall County fire department was already on the scene.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Laurel Fest says goodbye to summer

Though we may be reluctant to bid summer farewell, visitors to Saturday's Laurel Summer Fest did so in style.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man injured in stabbing at Gainesville mobile home park

A man has been transferred for medical treatment after being stabbed in Gainesville.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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