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SPLOST citizens committee taking shape

Six members of a nine-member citizens committee charged with overseeing how a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent have been nominated.

May 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County workers may get pay hikes next year

Though there appears to be little appetite for new programs or hiring, Hall County officials are coming to a consensus on giving employees a cost of living adjustment, merit increase or some other pay hike in the next budget.

May 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


At-large voting resurfaces as campaign issue in upcoming council elections

Challenges to Gainesville's at-large voting system emerged in earnest a quarter-century ago, with fervor about the issue coming and going with election seasons.

May 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council sets tax rates, moving forward on budget

Gainesville City Council unanimously OK'd property tax rates for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, at its meeting Tuesday night.

May 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GMRC workforce development helps local students

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission reports that a record 419 individuals toured its mobile workforce development units, which resemble tour buses and provide career assessments, resume building and job searching, among other services, across Northeast Georgia in March.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council increasing per diem meeting pay

The Gainesville City Council is increasing its per diem meeting attendance pay to $150 from $125, and increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month to 12 from 10.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestnut Mountain land offered to Lanier Tech for relocation

A potential site for the relocation of Lanier Technical College has been identified in the Chestnut Mountain area.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville cap on tow truck charges means stranded drivers in Hall face sticker shock

If your car is towed after breaking down, following an accident or because of a traffic or major criminal violation of the law, it will likely cost less within the Gainesville city limits than anywhere else in Hall County.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech seeks room to grow at new location

Within a matter of months, relocation of the Lanier Technical College campus in Oakwood to another site in Hall County became more than just an idea, with $10 million allocated in the state budget for design and land acquisition costs.

May 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville pushing ahead with “rain tax”

Gainesville officials are pushing forward with a plan to create a stormwater utility and implement a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

May 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Gainesville budget includes no tax increase

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to adopt its fiscal year 2016 budget of $30.7 million and will hold a public hearing on the spending plan when it meets Tuesday night.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


War still resonates with local Vietnamese-American family on 40th anniversary

It didn't even register to Hoang Nguyen that today marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall settles for $55K in suit against former jailer

Hall County and other parties have agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit against a former Sheriff's Office deputy accused of punching a handcuffed inmate on the head in September 2012.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Threats to Lake Knickerbocker raise concerns about future

Silt washing into Lake Knickerbocker over the last 20 years has clogged an inlet so heavily homeowner David Gleason removed his dock some time ago.

April 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local, state leaders reflect on legislative session

Transportation and education dominated much of the debate and media coverage coming out of this year's state legislative session, which ended April 2, but what about those rabid raccoons populating Hall County?

April 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hall County moves to scrap Civil Service Board without state’s help

Hall County officials are now moving unilaterally on a proposal to scrap the Civil Service Board after the proposal stalled in the state legislature. The board hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees.

May 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Glades Reservoir getting more expensive

The cost of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has already exceeded $15 million, and taxpayers will likely soon pump more money into the project on consulting fees and additional environmental studies.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search narrows for Lanier Tech relocation site

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College has been narrowed to just a handful of Hall County properties, and a decision is likely to be made within the next few weeks.

May 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Three apartment complexes off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville that primarily house working-class minorities and immigrants are getting a major face-lift and new security thanks to a more than $2 million investment from Greenleaf Management.

May 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

May 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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