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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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GOP files response to claim of discrimination by former employee

A Gainesville woman's lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Georgia Republican Party is moving forward, with the party responding to the accusations, according to court records.

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Records tell tale of firefighters' rescue on July 22

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


At long last, 2 Vietnam vets to get names on Gainesville memorial

September 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cancer survivor pays it forward with benefit

A year ago, Kelsey Bishop had cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant.

September 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Shore Sweep cleans up Lake Lanier, for people and wildlife

The Gainesville Marina was one of six locations in Hall County participating in the annual Shore Sweep event hosted by the Lake Lanier Association, as volunteers came together to help remove the trash and debris from the lake and the shorelines.

September 27, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No one hurt in early morning Gainesville apartment fire

No one was injured but two families displaced by an early morning apartment fire in Gainesville.

September 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


INK plans emergency preparedness fair

The public is invited to the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.

September 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Donor visits Da Vinci Academy museum where fossils are displayed

Darla Roberts has loved dinosaurs since she was 6 years old.

September 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


His robots save lives, not take them

September 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Commerce woman, police dispute spoon in meth case

Gainesville police and a Commerce woman disagree on the contents and color of a spoon that led to a drug charge against her that was later dropped.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Hearts and Hands Emporium offers deals to help heal

Bargains weren't the only driving force behind shoppers attending Friday's annual Hearts and Hands Emporium in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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