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City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developer, Hall County, experts might bring plant preserve to life

Walking through the woods, Margaret Rasmussen not only takes the time to smell the flowers but to identify them.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water rules loosen for Jackson County, not Barrow

ATHENS - Get your garden hoses and personal irrigation systems ready - Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority customers can now irrigate their lawns once a week.

June 29, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER For The Times | Local


Major says investigation backs deputies who shot man's dogs

Frank Reeves' bullet-wounded dog Leonard spent Tuesday night in a Murrayville animal hospital courtesy of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall medical professionals believe county’s ranking sends mixed messages

Local medical professionals are not happy about a state report that ranks Hall County among the worst in Georgia for minority health.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Housing Authority dresses up neighborhoods

Residents of Gainesville Housing Authority apartments have noticed the grass getting greener on their sides of the sidewalk.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board now evaluating superintendent

Steven Ballowe, superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, called the process in which the city board of education will evaluate him this week "a fair appraisal."

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New DUI law to take effect July 1

Cops are cracking down on drunken driving this week and next, just as a new law aimed at chronic repeat offenders goes into effect July 1.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lawyer: School fountain wasn’t contaminated

The popular sports drink Gatorade was the only yellow liquid that touched a water fountain where fifth-grade boys were lined up and forced to take a drink, a lawyer for an embattled Banks County educator said Wednesday.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wish you were an Oscar Mayer wiener?

The famous jingle "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" will become something of a reality today when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gives kids the chance to meet a well-known incarnation of the famous hot dog and "become" wieners.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


UGA to buy Toccoa television station

The University of Georgia Research Foundation has reached an agreement to acquire WNEG-TV, channel 32, from its current owner, Media General Inc., both entities announced Wednesday.

The station soon will be operated by the University of Georgia through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


Spike in rabies cases taxes animal control

Wednesday morning, officers with Hall County Animal Control began performing a ritual for the 26th time this year.

After a raccoon captured last Friday in the Six Gun Drive area of East Hall turned out to be carrying rabies, officers had to visit every house within a half-mile radius. They warned residents that they should get their pets vaccinated, and that they should be on the lookout for any wild animals behaving strangely.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Extreme drought' conditions return to Northeast Georgia

Well, the reprieve didn't last long. State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that most of Northeast Georgia, including Gainesville, is back in an extreme drought.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Prayer Band celebrates 64th anniversary with interfaith gathering

Hallelujahs were shouted, hands were raised and stories were told about how the Gainesville Prayer Band had impacted lives and churches for the past 64 years.

July 19, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


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


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