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Gainesville school board fires Steven Ballowe

Citing fiscal irresponsibility as the primary factor, the Gainesville city school board voted 3-2 Thursday to fire Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fourth of July events

  • Fourth of July, Stone Mountain. Lasershow and fireworks. Today-Saturday, Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 E. Exit 8, Stone Mountain. $10 vehicle admission. 770-498-5690.
  • Annual Community 4th of July Celebration, Gainesville. Free food and games. 4 p.m. today, Bethel Community Center, Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. 770-983-7772.
  • Independence Day Celebration, Chattanooga, Tenn. Fireworks, 10 tonight, Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. Children age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $5 gate admission, free parking. Tickets for rides priced separately. 706-866-5681 or

July 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Keeping the Fourth safe a priority for law enforcement

Many people likely will spend the Fourth of July relaxing at Lake Lanier or vacationing out of town, but regardless of your plans, make sure to be prepared and stay safe this holiday weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A timeline of Steven Ballowe's tenure with Gainesville city schools

May 8, 2001: The Gainesville school board votes unanimously to hire Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | | Local


Officials expect a lively, crowded lake for holiday

Don't expect solitude if you go to Lake Lanier this weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday travel: Car checkups boost gas mileage

Snacks? Check. Music? Check. Directions? Check.

There are a lot of things that go into preparing for a road trip, so don't forget to have your car checked out for any possible problems before you head out on the road for a Fourth of July getaway.

July 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Kroger expands voluntary ground beef recall to include Georgia

CINCINNATI -- First it was the tomatoes. Now it's the beef.

Fourth of July picnic tables are getting a careful look as familiar hamburgers are feared to be among the tainted ingredients in separate food safety scares.

July 07, 2008 | By Terry Kinney The Associated Press | Local


Hero’s name graces Lula post office

LULA - The Lula post office was formally renamed in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican during a ceremony Thursday morning.

July 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


'Improprieties' in Jefferson Police Department probed

JEFFERSON - In the process of auditing its evidence room policies and procedures, the Jefferson Police Department found some "improprieties" that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon will be examining, according to a news release.

July 07, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Code Orange: Air pollution alert in effect for Hall County

Hall County was included in Atlanta's Code Orange air quality alert Thursday. But that doesn't mean the county was smoggier than usual.

July 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville Symphony kicks off holiday weekend with a pop

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra treated a star-spangled audience to patriotic tunes Thursday at the annual Patriotic Pops Concert at the Brenau University Amphitheater.

July 07, 2008 | | Local


Sugar Hill looking for new principal

There will be a new face in the principal's office at Sugar Hill Elementary School soon.

Rick Quarles has served as principal of the school since it opened about five years ago, but will be leaving his position at Sugar Hill this month for another administrative position in the Hall County school system, according to Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools.

July 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite high gas prices, bicycle sales haven't taken off

As the price of gasoline continues to climb, sales of both motorcycles and motorized scooters have increased in Hall County.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


FAA to investigate fatal ultralight plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the cause of an ultralight plane crash Wednesday morning in White County that killed the pilot.

The man later was identified as Jim Lanier of Sugar Hill.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Financial problems force closure of Dawson’s Gold Creek Golf Club

What once was deemed Dawson County's premier golf club has closed.

July 06, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


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In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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