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Previous evaluations praised Ballowe’s financial management

A year ago, Steven Ballowe received a glowing evaluation from the Gainesville board of education. The report was heavy in praise for Ballowe's innovations and how the system has drawn acclaim across the state for its educational practices.

June 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rodeo riders get their motors runnin’

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Watts made steering a 1,000-pound chrome and steel beast through hairpin-tight turns look easy Saturday.

June 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


People putted, pets prospered at fundraiser

On this cool Saturday morning, the Oaks Miniature Golf course was bustling with sound. Lively folk music and rushing waterfalls blended in the background of people chatting as they lined up for their turn at the "Putting for Pets" miniature golf tournament.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville City School's budget only trims $1.4 million

The Gainesville City Board of Education's proposed budget for next year will only cut $1.4 million from its estimated $6.5 million deficit, documents obtained Friday show.

June 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Taste of Flowery Branch event offers residents all they can eat

FLOWERY BRANCH - Enticing smells and jazzy tunes wafted down Main Street at Saturday's Taste of Flowery Branch.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville’s Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire

Gainesville's Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire from his post in August to pursue a higher calling.

June 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rough market may spur more arsons

As the economy slides, homes and businesses burn.

June 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pool closed today for swim meets

Green Street Pool will be closed to the public today during the hours of 1-5 p.m. for a swim meet, according to the Gainesville Parks and Recreation department.

June 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Children’s museum up for Nickelodeon award

What do "Hannah Montana," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the INK children's museum have in common?

They've all been nominated for Nickelodeon Awards, though not exactly in the same categories.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Officials charge man in mobile home fire

Hall County fire officials filed criminal charges against a man who accidentally set fire to a vacant mobile home early Friday morning.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Florida lawmakers want study of ACF river system

A U.S. senator and a U.S. representative from Florida have introduced legislation calling for a comprehensive study of the water management, needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No one injured in Hickory Hills house fire

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed an upscale, three-story home on Hickory Hills Drive early Friday, officials said.

June 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Stephen Gurr hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com; sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fundraiser honors life of slain hiker Meredith Emerson

Meredith Emerson would have turned 25 this Friday. But instead of celebrating, her family and friends can only reflect on her absence from their lives.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Candidates address Lake Lanier worries

DAWSONVILLE - Local and state candidates vying for votes in the upcoming July 15 primary told members of the Lake Lanier Association on Monday that they would do whatever it takes at the regional, state and national level to slow outtake and refill the lake.

June 24, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Livestock requests bother residents at Hall planning meeting

Chickens and horses were a point of contention for many Hall County residents at Monday's packed planning commission meeting.

Lora and Paul Cushard drew a crowd of unhappy neighbors when they asked the commission to rezone their property to allow them to operate a commercial equestrian center.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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