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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


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


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2 hurt in wreck on Browns Bridge Road in Forsyth

Two women were hospitalized after a two-vehicle head-on collision Tuesday along Browns Bridge Road in northeastern Forsyth County.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


Dentistry offers pleasant experience for kids

When dental hygienist Margaret Conrad arrives at work in the morning, she's not greeted by the quiet beige walls and elevator music of a typical dentist's office. Instead she hears upbeat pop tunes and sees a colorful mural of life under the sea.

July 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire rating may lower insurance in Hall County

An improved insurance rating for Hall County Fire Services could spell financial relief for some residents, according to county officials.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


TV 18 funding causes confusion

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Gainesville last week to continue splitting the cost of operating the local government channel, TV 18.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fifth lesson: Breaststroke practice ends in disappointment

The first class of my second week of taking adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center was more of a sink than a swim.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New hospital in Braselton seeks employees

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is "on track" to filling 500-600 positions needed to staff the new South Hall hospital, which is set to open next spring, a hospital official said Monday.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Garth Brooks reveals tour info to Gainesville man

After a weekend of anticipation, Andy Roberts finally got a call from Garth Brooks announcing the first stop on his worldwide tour.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Junior League distributes food at new location

Junior League of Gainesville and Hall County continues to help local families by providing food to the needy, but the group's move to a new office location stalled growth with a low turnout at last month's distribution.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


Oakwood OKs short-term loan

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to take out a short-term loan of up to $400,000 to cover expenses.

July 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville considers road project agreement

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an agreement with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority about constructing a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open for property development.

July 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Longstreet Society celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Longstreet Society held a volunteer work day Saturday to clean up the grounds and do minor repairs to the Piedmont Hotel for the society's 20th anniversary.

July 14, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Gainesville host of World War II reunions dies

Asa Autry's military devotion extended way beyond his service in World War II.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: School board meetings in Gainesville to change venue

Starting July 21, Gainesville's regular Board of Education meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the municipal center on Queen City Parkway.

July 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth planning new parks on Lanier

July 14, 2014 | By Megan Reed Times regional staff | Local


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