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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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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


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


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