View Mobile Site


The Local Agenda: Collins to hold industry roundtables

POSTED: March 11, 2013 11:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is planning to hold two roundtables and tour local industries in the 9th District on March 27- 28.

The congressman has set up a regulatory reform working group and will talk to people employed in industries including pharmacy, agriculture and energy.

On the first day, he will visit with local pharmacists in Gainesville to talk about the new federal health care law and how it is affecting them.

Collins will tour Fieldale Farms headquarters in Baldwin the next morning to discuss the impact of federal regulations.

He is also scheduled for another roundtable that afternoon with executives at Habersham EMC in Clarkesville to discuss how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules are affecting the cost of energy resources.

Free firearm safety class is getting good response

The gun safety class being co-hosted on March 28 by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Collins has received about 125 responses so far, a Collins spokeswoman said.

The free class is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. To reserve a spot, the congressman’s office is asking residents to email


Gainesville planning commission to hear rezoning, roads requests

Gainesville’s Planning and Appeals Board is scheduled to hear a rezoning request and a road action request at 5:30 p.m. today.

Members expect to consider rezoning more than an acre on the east side of Park Hill Drive, north of Lakeview Drive, to general business from residential. Ketan/Gopalji Patel has asked to use the land for professional office and commercial use.

Phil and Beth Sutton have asked approval to abandon a portion of Fern Street that intersects with Queen City Parkway and Gordon Avenue.

The Suttons want to abandon about 173 feet of right-of-way.

The meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville.


Registration still open for freegovernment information course

Space is filling up for the Hall County Government Scholars’ Academy, which will be held April 9-June 4. Each of the nine sessions will focus on a different aspect of local government and will include tours of facilities.

Those interested can download the course agenda and registration form from

“We want to encourage citizens to be active in their local government,” County Administrator Randy Knighton said. “Participants will gain an intimate understanding of how their tax dollars are spent and what issues face Hall County government.”

The program, which is in its second year, is free to the public.

Sarah Mueller covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.




Powered by
Morris Technology
Please wait ...