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Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Remnants of Fay hit Hall; homes damaged; schools evacuated

When there were multiple reports of funnel clouds near Lyman Hall Elementary Tuesday afternoon, secretary Elaine Ingram was glad that the school's staff had practiced what to do.

"Those drills do work," Ingram said.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


4 twisters likely hit Hall, weather service says

It is possible that Hall County was hit by four separate tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, according to preliminary findings from the National Weather Service.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnson High assistant principal has leg amputated weeks after wreck

An assistant principal at Johnson High School had surgery at an Atlanta hospital Wednesday morning to amputate his leg almost three weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

August 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Storms bring a foot of relief to Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier has risen about a foot in the past two days as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay have dumped several inches of rain across Northeast Georgia since Sunday.

The level is expected to continue to rise over the next several days as the rain that fell in the basin feeding the lake makes its way into Lanier.

August 31, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Edie Rogers dgilbert@gainesvilletimes.com; erogers@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Tree limb pierces child’s bedroom in North Hall

Robert and Jennifer Miller were in the process of fixing up their North Hall home, having just replaced their roof a few weeks ago, when fierce storms Tuesday afternoon brought about the need for more, unexpected repairs.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


East Hall resident said he saw funnel cloud form

Trees and power lines were down. Debris from houses littered the streets and yards. And residents of East Hall experienced a tornado's raw power when it hit the area Tuesday.

August 31, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall’s aquatic center splashes down Saturday

The Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center will make its first splash just in time for Labor Day weekend.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Reputed gang leader guilty on drug charges

Reputed gang leader Charles Douglas Graham took his chances twice before with a jury and won, including an acquittal in 2003 in a double murder case.

August 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Collins on downed Malaysian jet: ‘World deserves answers’

Northeast Georgians weighed in Friday to the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukrainian airspace.

July 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Snakes alive! It’s a busy summer for serpents

Hall County resident Jennifer Sargent has found three snakes in her yard over the past six weeks.

July 19, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Driver in fatal June wreck tested positive for meth

A Gainesville woman behind the wheel in a June wreck that killed five people, including three children, had methamphetamine in her system, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Georgia State Patrol.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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