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Residents clamor for change in city school leadership

About 100 people complained loudly Thursday night about the Gainesville school system's financial woes, with many saying they believed Steven Ballowe should go as superintendent.

"This man runs a bank," said area resident Bill Morrison, standing next to and pointing at Dick Valentine, chief executive officer of United Community Bank. "But if he goes $7 million in the hole, he's fired."

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Families flock to downtown for fun, movie

Under a clear evening sky, more than 400 people gathered for a bigger version of a family movie night.

June 10, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville employees may soon pay health insurance premiums

If the Gainesville City Council approves a new health insurance plan for city employees on Tuesday, city employees will do something they have never done before - help pay their premiums.

June 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


911 Center adds to lifesaving duties

Senior Communications Officer Rachelle Dhabolt and her co-workers in Hall County's 911 Center have often felt the frustration of answering medical emergency calls but being prevented from dispensing any instructions to the callers.

June 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hundreds more students to attend summer school

Summer school is going to be bustling this year, as, following a statewide trend, the number of Gainesville and Hall County students failing the high-stakes math portion of the state's basic-skills test more than doubled from last year.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Discovery of virus leads to euthanization of Humane Society pets

The Humane Society of Hall County was forced to euthanize most of the animals in its shelter Wednesday in order to control an outbreak of respiratory disease.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County’s employees reluctant to retire

Talk about bad timing.

June 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle says he won’t endorse any candidate for transportation board post

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Wednesday that he risked a considerable amount of political capital in the last race for the State Transportation Board and he, along with the House speaker and the governor, will sit on the sidelines for today's caucus to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Chairman Mike Evans.

The Chestnut Mountain Republican made his comments during a visit to Forsyth County. He indicated the race was wide open.

June 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Two injured in morning wreck in North Hall

A car crash victim was flown to an Atlanta hospital after an accident Wednesday morning in North Hall County, officials said.

June 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents blast tax increase plan

Gainesville school officials said Wednesday that they don't know how the system piled up a mountain of debt, claiming a former financial chief told them the district had a surplus before she left.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman drowns in North Hall pool

Alcohol may have played a role in the accidental drowning of a 34-year-old Gainesville woman in a residential pool Wednesday in North Hall, authorities said.

Residents at a home in the 5900 block of Whitmire Road called 911 at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday to report the drowning, Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.

June 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Low-cost pneumonia vaccine available

The 13 county health departments in Northeast Georgia's District 2 Public Health region are offering discount pneumococcal vaccine to patients who are at risk for pneumonia.

June 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Risk is small when teens give blood

Teenagers who donate blood are more likely than adults to suffer reactions such as dizziness and fainting. But medical experts say the risk is so small that it should not deter young people from giving blood.

Two years ago, the American Red Cross examined the records of nearly 2 million blood donors, including 145,000 who were 16 or 17 years old and 113,000 who were 18 or 19.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Our Neighbor: Plans for a bookstore still on the shelf

Mike Reno knows how to sell Stephen King novels.

If Gainesville's sewer plans had not run right through Our Neighbor Inc.'s desire to refashion a 1930s-era house into a bookstore and coffee shop, Reno would be doing that today.

June 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville maintains good fire protection rating

If you live in Gainesville and your house is on fire, you should expect good service.

A measure of fire protection that influences home insurance premiums for Gainesville residents has stayed among the best in the state, city officials learned this week.

June 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Suspect identified in hit-and-run that injured homeless bicyclist

A suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition has been identified by Oakwood police as Deboris Joshua Owens, 26, of Gainesville.

January 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont elections set for Nov. 3

Clermont Town Council has set its 2015 election for Nov. 3.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Georgia's senators introduce Fair Tax Act of 2015

Georgia Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson recently introduced the Fair Tax Act of 2015, which seeks to eliminate income taxes, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and enact a national sales tax.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood City Council OKs Nov. 3 election

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK on Monday night to a Nov. 3 election filling four council seats.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


North Hall prepares for new theater while East Hall still waits

North Hall musicians, singers and thespians will soon have a state-of-the-art performing arts center, but East Hall performers will have to wait longer for the same facility.

January 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville man accused of rape at Hall campground

Investigator Scott Ginn testified Monday that a 60-year-old Gainesville man raped a 20-year-old woman with an intellectual disability.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vision 2030 group touts trails development

Area government leaders wanted a community group to step up and shepherd putting plans into action for a Hall County

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Poultry expo commands expanded trade show floor

ATLANTA - The International Production & Processing Expo opened this week to a greatly expanded trade show covering three halls of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

January 26, 2015 | By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times | Local


Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

January 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing Buford man's family raises reward to $50K

The family of a missing Buford man last seen three weeks ago is hoping a bump in the reward money will bring the needed information to find him.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death

The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building's front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Student arrested after drugs, knife found at East Hall High

A 17-year-old was found with drugs and a razor knife at East Hall High School on Friday, according to school officials.

January 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church ignites hope with new youth wing

January 25, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Hall County considering ‘magnet school’ distinction

Hall County Schools has all but ruled out becoming a charter system, but the Board of Education did weigh another option at its January meeting.

January 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it's only small relief for many of Hall County's homeless.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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