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Lawsuit alleges racial slurs by neighbor

Years of racial epithets and threats from a neighbor forced a Gainesville family from their home recently, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Hall County Superior Court that tags city government as a defendant.

August 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County to outsource payroll, timekeeping

Hall County will outsource its timekeeping and payroll services to ADP, the nation's largest payroll services provider, in a move made Thursday that officials said will improve processing and reduce costs.

August 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to install electric car charging station near downtown

Growth in the electric car market has long been predicated on a chicken-or-egg problem: Will sales of electric vehicles spur the emergence of charging stations, or are the existence of charging stations necessary to drive sales?

August 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Senior advocates push for elder abuse registry, new transition services program

The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly had record turnout at a gathering last month to consider legislative priorities for 2016 and came away with two critical areas of focus: creating a registry to catalog and document abuse of the disabled and elderly, and providing more oral health care for seniors.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Railroads to miss deadlines for installing safety technology

Some freight rail lines and commuter trains chugging through Gainesville and Hall County are not likely to meet an end-of-year deadline to install safety technology that would prevent locomotives from speeding and potentially reduce collisions, derailments and other accidents.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville sets council qualifying dates, packets now available

Qualifying packets are now available for Gainesville's Nov. 3 City Council elections.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's proposed restriction on where fireworks are sold has exceptions

Gainesville is pushing ahead with a plan to restrict where fireworks can be sold after the Planning and Appeals Board gave its support to a code amendment Tuesday night.

August 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to consider electric charging station downtown

Gainesville City Council will discuss a proposal to install an electric vehicle charging station downtown when it meets Thursday morning.

August 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Educational trail for kids coming to Laurel Park

Parks, playgrounds and trails are a lifeline for many Hall County families looking to escape the hectic trappings of work, after-school activities and constant digital connectivity.

August 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, South Hall spar for new growth

The growth is coming. The growth is coming.

August 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Heroin addicts look for life after the needle

Drug addiction can come on quickly. But acquiring a physical dependence takes time, commitment.

August 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agency report calls state budget’s direction ‘promising’

It's never too soon to look ahead, particularly when it comes to politics and public policy.

August 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trump’s bump resonates in Hall after GOP debate

The Republican presidential debate Thursday night found an audience as entertained as they were informed.

August 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Collins to lead Walker’s Georgia campaign

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has been tapped as the Georgia state chairman for the presidential campaign of Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

August 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials gathering more resources to track down source of stench

A mysterious stench has lingered over homes and businesses near Memorial Park Drive and Murphy Boulevard in Gainesville since late June, and now local government is enlisting the help of both public and private environmental agencies to find its source.

August 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Law agency seeks medication for drug overdoses

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is training its officers to administer a medication that reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses.

August 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health law fees hitting Hall County hard

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but it's come with a price tag that Hall County government is helping ...

August 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves funding for Olympic Venue, fireworks ordinance

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved the allocation of $300,000 in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trash trap for Flat Creek aims to improve water quality

Gainesville and Hall County are looking to partner on purchasing a litter trap for Flat Creek, one of the most polluted streams in the region ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emory Turner brings competition to Ward 2 Gainesville council race

Emory Turner has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 2 seat currently held by Bob Hamrick.

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considering tax increase to pay off jail debt

Gainesville officials are proposing a slight tax increase to pay off debt on the old Hall County jail the city purchased in 2012, as well ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Access remains tricky as more patients register for cannabis oil

It's one thing to legally possess cannabis oil for the treatment of eight approved medical conditions. It's another thing to acquire it in ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Negotiations for Gateway land underway

Negotiations to sell a prized lot at the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 are moving swiftly, with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority ...

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Treatment Center responds to fine, DEA oversight

Administrators of a Gainesville narcotic treatment program responded Wednesday to concerns that methadone was leaving the door unchecked.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New restrictions on fireworks coming to Gainesville, Hall

Now that fireworks are legal in Georgia, Hall County is moving to prohibit shooting them off in local parks.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system stifled on passport program

The Hall County Library System has been "stonewalled" by federal officials in its effort to launch a passport program.

August 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race

André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Another candidate emerges in Gainesville Ward 3 council race

Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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