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Gainesville man joining program to transition from homelessness to housing, work

When Tony Rhodes planted a cross into the ground in a patch of woods behind the Tire Barn in Gainesville where he had camped, it was like a dagger stuck in the heart of his old life.

November 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Grant program to help repair aging homes called a‘godsend’

Johnny Harris once hunted deer and rabbit and squirrel in the dense forests behind the home he has shared with his wife, Mattie, since it was first built in Morningside Heights on Gainesville's south side in the 1970s.

November 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


As winter nears, concerns grow over squatters occupying empty buildings

The door of the neighbor's house was wide open, rocking slightly with the breeze, when Tammy Hansen returned to her midtown Gainesville home with her teenage daughter and toddler son one day this past week.

November 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Attorney Ashley Bell joins Trump transition team

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell, a former Hall County commissioner, has joined the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump to help recruit staff at the U.S. Department of State.

November 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center to launch residency program

Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville is in the early stages of developing a residency program for medical school graduates that hospital leaders said marks "another milestone" for the growing local health care industry.

November 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Construction moving swift on new Sosebee & Britt Orthodontics location

With grading almost complete, next comes the footings, and soon the foundation and walls and roof.

November 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Home donation adds to Family Promise’s mission

A modular show home will be in the hands of Family Promise of Hall County, and ready to serve as a transitional shelter for homeless parents and children moving from the streets to self-reliance, after its appearance at an international event in Florida this January.

November 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville signs off on funding construction costs for office, warehouse facility

Gainesville City Council signed off Tuesday on $42,000 in tax allocation district funding to cover some construction costs for a 5,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility on Maple Street.

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves funding for youth sports complex

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday approved funding for the design of a youth sports complex, tapping about $450,000 in impact fee revenue (which comes from new construction fees).

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville OKs insurance building purchase

The Gainesville City Council on Tuesday approved the $1.63 million bond terms for the city's purchase of the Turner, Wood & Smith building to make way for a possible new parking deck downtown.

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Astronomy professor weighs in as supermoon makes rare appearance

The brightest moon in almost 69 years lit up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe on Sunday and Monday nights, including at the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus.

November 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election sets Hall County voter turnout record

Turnout in Hall County for this year's presidential election beat a high set in 2008, with about 78.5 percent of voters casting ballots compared with about 76 percent when President Barack Obama first took the White House.

November 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More Gainesville homeless camps to be cleared Monday

The campfire smoke blows through in gusts as eggs boil over an open flame. It's the first meal of the day for the few homeless who live here, a hollow in the woods bordered by railroad tracks, a church and a residential neighborhood.

November 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Youth sports complex to get initial funding

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to approve funding for the design of a youth sports complex when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex.

November 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voters reject study on county-city government merger

Hall voters narrowly defeated a ballot referendum asking if they supported a study on the cost and feasibility of merging local county and municipal governments.

November 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Heating assistance program full

About 400 residents in Hall County have already been approved for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter, but the demand has been so ...

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bilingual ballots in Gwinnett renew calls for same in Hall

Calls have renewed for Hall County to provide Spanish-language ballots for Latino voters after the U.S. Census Bureau applied a new designation to Gwinnett ...

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula begins to shape new alcohol rules

Lula officials are working to figure out what the rules will be for restaurants selling liquor, beer and wine after the city's voters approved ...

November 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


House fire sparks dispute over access to water

A Monday night fire that destroyed the family home of a prominent local businessman has reignited a dispute between some Hall County and Gainesville officials ...

November 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election’s impact: Uncertainty for many, optimism for others, activism for all

Many liberals and conservatives have found common ground in one respect after Donald Trump's victory: uncertainty about how the president-elect's administration will shake ...

November 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tatsumi to expand at Gateway Center, add 112K square foot facility

The Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall continues to fill in with the recent announcement that Tatsumi Intermodal USA is expanding its ...

November 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Slow progress made to address affordable housing shortage

There's nothing quite like seeing a project come to fruition.

November 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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