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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


In Lula man’s life, every day is a celebration

Mordecai Wilson's home bears the evidence of a happy life.

June 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Seasons on Lanier dreams dashed

The first residents of the Seasons on Lake Lanier community have been stuck in time since November.

June 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Folks in Hall County struggling to find places to stay warm overnight

For once, it's OK to sleep in church.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dozens of South Hall County residents attend Spout Springs Road meeting

South Hall residents Frank and Judy Margavio don't live on Spout Springs Road but sure drive it enough.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch City Council approves sewer amendment with Buford

An amendment to an agreement between Flowery Branch and Buford exchanges two sewer service areas between the cities.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Proposed tax would help Flowery Branch redevelopment

A visit to downtown Flowery Branch will often provide a view of a city employee crossing Main Street, going from one government office to another on opposite sides of the street.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula City Council OKs June election to fill Vicky Chambers' seat

Lula officials approved a special election June 16 to replace late Councilwoman Vicky Chambers.

February 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia House passes bill to change age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Gainesville Play It Again Sports to close in March

After 23 years in business, Pat Ghastin is ready to retire.

February 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | 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


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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