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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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1,100 run in annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce race

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer race Thursday at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Kenneth Slavik of Flowery Branch was the race winner. Race coordinator Megan Martin estimated more than 1,100 runners participated in the race, which marks an increase from last year's 1,000.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


NASA scientist tells North Hall sixth-graders they could go to Mars

Sixth-graders in North Hall County spent Thursday morning dreaming of walking on Mars.

March 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fundraiser names celebrity dancers for August event

Local celebrity dancers expected at this year's Dance for a Cause have been announced.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New Braselton hospital holds preview event in advance of grand opening

Smoked salmon was in the emergency department and apple cake squares were in the surgery waiting area at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

March 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wayne Vickery's time as Gainesville High athletic director ending

Gainesville City Schools is changing its director of athletics position, a move that appears to leave longtime AD, coach and local sports icon Wayne Vickery out of his job.

March 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


GSP: Man in serious condition after Dawsonville Highway wreck

Authorities transported a man in serious condition to the hospital after a wreck on Dawsonville Highway at Ga. 306.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


GBI: Two dead from gunshot wounds in Mount Airy

Two men were found with gunshot wounds at their neighboring Mount Airy homes on Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man arrested after authorities say he stabbed brother

Authorities say an 18-year-old Gainesville man stabbed his older brother after an early morning argument on Marlow Drive.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier Olympic Venue could help area businesses thrive

Lake Lanier's blue waters could mean greenbacks for area businesses.

March 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch man gets 22-year prison sentence in Christmas Day 2013 slaying of brother

Synthetic mushrooms and other drugs played a role in the Christmas Day 2013 death of Flowery Branch man Alan Scott Fyfe, according to testimony Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County Fire Services raises most in statewide fundraiser

Topping last year's showing, Hall County Fire Services raised the most money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville native recognized as nation's top Army cadet

The No. 1 Army cadet in the U.S. is from Gainesville, and Gov. Nathan Deal couldn't be prouder of the University of North Georgia's Cadet Capt. Jonathan "Chase" Strickland.

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


School takeover amendment heads to voters in 2016

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016 and accomplishing the Republican's top priority kicking off his second term.

March 25, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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