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Hall County may raise taxes to pay for books, buses

Hall County residents could be looking at a tax increase to fund school district projects. The county may raise taxes to fund a number of increased expenses, including new teachers, textbooks and school buses.

"The budget growth this year is similar to the growth of previous years' budgets within a few percentage points," said Lee Lovett, Hall County deputy superintendent.

June 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Council will vote again on controversial rezoning

A controversial rezoning that two Gainesville City Council members thought they defeated nearly two weeks ago is back on the table.

June 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville's Dent loses bid for DOT board post

ATLANTA - A former top official of the Georgia Department of Transportation was defeated in his bid to become a member of the state board that oversees the agency.

Larry Dent, a retired DOT deputy commissioner, lost in the second round of balloting to Steve Farrow, a former state senator from Dalton. Farrow was elected Thursday on a vote of 17-7 to the 9th District on the state transportation board.

June 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City school's finance woes go back to 2007

Gainesville school superintendent Steven Ballowe said Thursday that the system's financial woes can be traced to March 2007, when the city government notified the system that property tax collections were $3 million less than projected for the 2006-07 budget year.

But word didn't travel beyond the former finance officer, who was Angela Adams, he said.

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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DOT damage collections to state property skyrocket

The Georgia Department of Transportation has seen its recovery from claims to damaged state property nearly quadruple in the first year it has outsourced the work.

September 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Lanier Academy students get 9/11 lesson

Students at Lanier Career Academy learned Thursday that the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, included both courageous men and women and their K-9 helpers.

September 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


New website gives Hall residents access to property info

Hall County has announced the launch of a new Geographic Information Systems website that will allow residents to access property and tax assessment information.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study: Income gap may complicate Ga. sales tax plans

ATLANTA - A new study suggests the growing share of income earned by the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Ray Henry Associated Press | Local


Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

September 15, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


UNG to help boost teachers’ knowledge of science

In an increasingly technology-centered society, science education is growing in importance. Even on its own, it remains a critical part of helping students develop thinking and problem-solving skills.

September 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Clemency ‘transparency’ may be hot issue at Capitol

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.

September 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fall festivities chug into the Lula Train Depot

Lula held its inaugural fall festival Saturday, hosted by the Lula-Belton Historical Society, even as rain clouds threatened the cloudy blue skies.

September 13, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch's much-loved annual events.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for testing change

Hall County schools are getting ready for a big transition.

September 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The changing face of civic engagement

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Charlotte Atkins has been named publisher of The Times.

September 13, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Hall County residents may be used to a variety of boats on Lake Lanier, but thousands watched several unusual crafts on the lake Saturday during the 19th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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