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Heart association recommends monitoring blood pressure from home

If you're diabetic, you know you're supposed to check your blood sugar every day.

But if you have high blood pressure, chances are you only get your pressure checked a few times a year, when you go to a doctor's office.

June 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch set to discuss budget today

Nearly $400,000 of new sewer and water ventures will have to wait so the Flowery Branch City Council can balance its sewer and water fund for the upcoming year, Mayor Diane Hirling said.

June 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Battle lines drawn between superintendent, Gainesville school board

The often-controversial tenure of Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe appears in doubt after battle lines were drawn this week between Ballowe and members of the City Board of Education.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


550 kids could lose after-school program at YMCA

Problems within the Georgia Department of Education are causing the Georgia Mountains YMCA to struggle with how to keep 550 at-risk kids in an after-school program when school starts in August.

June 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect arrested after three-hour manhunt

A Gainesville man was captured and arrested on numerous charges Monday night after allegedly fleeing from sheriff's deputies in a car and later on foot, authorities said.

June 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents can comment on Gainesville's budget

Gainesville taxpayers will have a chance to comment about how the city spends its money at tonight's first budget hearing.

June 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No summer break for school projects

There's no summer vacation for construction workers at area schools. In fact, work has hit high gear as crews try to wrap up work at the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, which opens in August for the 2008-09 school year.

"We're putting floor tiles down, cleaning, landscaping, putting in final drives," said Jerry Huguley, construction manager for the Hall County system.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia state parks: More fun than a treadmill

Though it's being marketed with a goofy gopher mascot, a new state parks initiative has a serious goal: helping Georgians improve their health.

On Monday afternoon in Savannah, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the Get Outdoors Georgia campaign, an effort to promote state parks not just as a place for picnics but as an opportunity to exercise.

June 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school board to begin drug screenings of drivers

The Hall County School Board voted Monday to expand random, mandatory drug testing to all permitted student-drivers as well as student-athletes for the 2008-09 school year.

Until now, the school system has conducted random tests only on student-athletes.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Math, reading retests available for some grades

Certain students will be allowed to retake the math and reading sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this summer, and the state will count the highest score, Eloise Barron said Monday at the Hall County School Board meeting.

Barron, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said third-grade students will be able to retest in reading, and students in fifth and eighth grades will be able to retest in both math and reading.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Perdue: State gas tax won’t jump

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday halted what would have been a 2.9 cent per gallon jump in the state gasoline tax, saying the state should not be taking advantage of a tax windfall driven by spiking prices at the pump.

"Frankly, I don't think we can justify raising taxes on gasoline in a time of economic stress for many families," Perdue said at a state Capitol news conference.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Biologists say corps can keep more water in Lanier, other Georgia reservoirs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday released a biological opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Modified Interim Operating Plan for water releases at Jim Woodruff Dam into the Apalachicola River, saying it would not reduce the likelihood of survival for federally protected species.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Walkers step forward for Chattahoochee's health

They walk, but not because of high gasoline prices. Instead, they walk for the health of the water.

"It's about our relationship with water and the Earth and to the natural world," Barbara Morton, a Bremen resident said as she walked through Clermont on U.S. 129 Monday afternoon.

June 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Higher taxes could hit businesses hard

While much has been written and discussed about the cost of a school tax hike to residential property owners in Gainesville, those who own businesses and rental property within the city are also bracing for additional costs they will have to pass on to customers.

June 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Hall has one of highest percentages of charter schools in country

Hall County School District is a national leader in charter schools' growth, but the future of charter schools in the area remains unclear.

December 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Leaf removal continues in Gainesville

More than 120 loads of leaves have been picked up this season in Gainesville, according to city officials.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Law enforcement to offer free gun locks

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is working with local law enforcement to offer free gun locks, hoping to limit household firearm accidents.

December 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Bones have yet to be identified

December 10, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

With an armload of questions about Lakeshore Mall's renovation efforts, area government and school officials decided Wednesday to put off using taxpayer money that's aimed at helping projects in blighted areas.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sheriff’s Office seeks help in identifying remains

Human remains were found in October in East Hall County and the Hall County Sheriff's Office is now seeking help identifying the person.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Monday stabbing suspect found, arrested

The suspect in a Monday stabbing was found at a Gainesville motel Tuesday and arrested, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nicole Bailes.

December 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


No one injured in school bus incident

Ladders on top of a van crashed into a school bus this morning, shattering glass in two rear windows, which fell on students. No one was cut or otherwise injured.

December 10, 2014 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Eyes on the Road: McEver work taking longer than expected

Fixing McEver Road's pavement woes is taking longer than Hall County officials expected.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Agency seeks gifts for seniors, children

Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Chick-fil-A are teaming up this holiday season to provide Christmas gifts to needy area seniors and children.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Continuous flow intersection construction to begin in early '15

Georgia's first continuous flow intersection is set to begin construction early next year.

December 10, 2014 | By AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Ministry seeks help with backpacks to aid area homeless

A New Walk church in Gainesville is seeking backpacks to distribute to homeless people in the area.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST draft list includes roadwork, 911 upgrades

Hall County government officials on Tuesday released a draft list of potential SPLOST VII projects, including potentially $46.7 million budgeted for road improvement projects.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cagle urges 'big and bold' approach to transportation issues

ATHENS - In the face of a nationwide infrastructure crisis, Georgia needs to be "big and bold" in meeting its long-term transportation needs, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a large gathering of transportation officials Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Family offers forgiveness as man sentenced for killing grandmother

Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker didn't know his grandmother Lula Bell Howard, 70, had died as he talked with investigators after he stabbed Howard at her home.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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