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Roads, parks, fire top Gainesville SPLOST projects

Projects old and new top Gainesville's list of priorities as a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax looms.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public safety, road concerns top Hall SPLOST priorities

When it comes to special purpose local option sales tax, Hall County government gets the lion's share of revenue, and that's no small matter.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Push is on for Hall County sales tax vote

Though the votes won't be counted until March 17, the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure projects across Hall County may be decided before then.

February 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New signs to ‘put a face on Gainesville’

Gainesville officials have selected a design template for new wayfinding signs in the city, a first step toward construction and installation.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bat worries are latest obstacle to Glades Reservoir

The northern long-eared bat, whose habitat extends into Hall County, has contributed to the latest delay of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brewery now planned for Chicopee Mill instead of Midtown

Plans to open Gainesville's first microbrewery in the midtown district are no more.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall audit shows housing program running millions in deficits

Described as "very serious in nature," accounting deficiencies in a grant-funded housing program operated by Hall County were revealed Thursday night in an audit report to the Board of Commissioners.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's ire against transportation bill not dying down

Gainesville officials have prepared a resolution opposing a $1 billion state transportation bill, even as the plan continues to be revised in the Georgia General Assembly.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council begins hearing 2016 budget requests

There are two major complicating factors as local governments prepare to dive into budget talks this year: Will voters approve a 1 percent sales tax to fund roads, building renovations and other infrastructure upgrades and how will a proposed $1 billion state transportation bill affect city and county revenues?

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Academy Sports coming to Gainesville

Academy Sports + Outdoors has ended speculation about what store will anchor a new retail development at the southeast corner of Dawsonville Highway and Ahaluna Drive.

February 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unemployment benefit disputes sometimes boil down to he said, she said

The process of determining who is eligible for unemployment benefits can seem arbitrary and ambiguous at times, particularly in the case of workers who are terminated with cause.

February 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House bill aims to open door for third parties

A bill in the state legislature proposes making it easier for third party and independent political candidates to get their names on the ballot in Georgia, but debate remains about just how far to lower the bar.

February 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lights, concessions, stands coming to city ballfield

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department is ready to bid out improvements to a ballfield that include lights, concessions, restrooms and spectator seating.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Distractions, demands echo through legislature in session at the state Capitol

ATLANTA - The steps to the entrance of the state Capitol in Atlanta aren't quite as inspiring as those Rocky triumphantly ascends, arms raised when he reaches the top, ready for the fight of his life. But they do stir a sense of anticipation about what could be.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County budget on the upswing, officials say

The 2014 fiscal year ended on a positive financial note for Hall County government, according to a report officials delivered Friday.

February 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Lee Gilmer airport now allows larger planes

The sleek Gulfstream was unmistakable to Terry Palmer.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Senate's marijuana bill includes more restrictions than House's

Supporters of medical marijuana said they were blindsided Monday by the introduction of a Senate bill that places more stringent regulations on the drug's use and availability than a House version that passed with bipartisan votes just last week.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Virginia Circle drive-thru back on the table

With new commercial development picking up across Gainesville in the early months of the year, one project has seen change-after-change on its path toward approval.

March 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall targets $1.3M deficit in housing program

Since 2009, nearly 60 abandoned or foreclosed homes in Hall County have been purchased, renovated and sold to low-income families under the federal grant-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

February 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss lingering issues today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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