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Many local rental spaces leave residents frustrated with rundown conditions

While availability and cost impedes access to affordable housing, the poor physical condition of many units in Gainesville reveals the need to overhaul the existing stock.

January 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Comprehensive plan updates will include new focus on housing

Affordable housing will be a major consideration when Hall County and other local cities begin the arduous process this year of updating their comprehensive plans, which will guide and manage growth until 2040.

January 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gun control proposal would require training for carry license

A bill before the state legislature that would enact bans on assault rifles if passed has generated lots of buzz and controversy in recent weeks.

January 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing leaders say Hall County lacks sustainable supply of affordable housing

In real estate, "location, location, location" is the old adage that wins the day.

January 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habersham officials violated open meetings, records laws, court rules

A judge has found that Habersham County officials failed to comply with the state's open meetings and records laws.

January 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County rejects bilingual ballot request

Calls for Hall County to provide Spanish-language ballots for voters in the next election cycle have been rebuked by local officials despite threats to take the issue to court.

January 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville acquiring kits to battle overdoses

The Gainesville Police Department is now taking an extra step to combat heroin and prescription drug overdoses by teaming with the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation to acquire 82 naloxone kits, which reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

January 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


MLK celebrations in Gainesville push tradition forward

They came. They marched. They sang. They honored.

January 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes to state transportation tax bill unlikely

State lawmakers from Hall County believe there is little chance changes will be made this year to the transportation tax bill that will fund Gov. Nathan Deal's 10-year, $10 billion plan to improve Georgia's roads and bridges.

January 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rise in deportations leaves local Latinos worried, suspicious

A spike in families and children arriving at the U.S. southern border from Central America has prompted fears of another crisis like the one that dominated national news during the summer of 2014.

January 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Martin Luther King Jr. events keep the dream alive

The Newtown Florist Club, the historic civil rights advocacy organization in Gainesville, has revived the Martin Luther King holiday celebrations for 2016, including a day of volunteer action, worship services and a unity march through the city.

January 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County OKs new development, gets support from Gainesville for Tumbling Creek bridge

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning Thursday needed for the construction of 99 homes off Cool Springs and Chestatee roads in northwest Hall.

January 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Jeff Stowe seeking re-election to county commission

Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe will seek another four-year term representing District 4, which includes more than 80 percent of Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville joins Hall in supporting public art project

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is hoping to expand the influence of paintings, sculptures, digital designs and other art projects throughout Hall County, and they now have a supporter in Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal gives lawmakers more time to review education overhaul

Gov. Nathan Deal urged state lawmakers to spend this year's legislative session studying sweeping changes to Georgia's public education system, temporarily backing away from contentious proposals to tie teacher pay to student performance and overhaul the state's method for funding schools.

January 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


From federal to local level, emphasis put on preventing overdoses

President Barack Obama has proposed $1.1 billion in new spending to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse that has taken its ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

February 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

Georgia no longer requires the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall County to meet the state's water supply needs through 2050, according to the ...

February 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Parks, commercial development and safe streets have long been needs for Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods, where residents often feel underserved by government and community services.

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Plans to demolish a historic building in downtown Dahlonega and build an upscale, boutique hotel in its place can now move forward after the City ...

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system now offering passport service

The close location and helpful assistance made life easy for Lindsey White and her two children on Monday as they applied for passports ahead of ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Immigrant students can’t sue state agency over tuition

The state's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of students who were brought to the United States illegally as children and want ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

The affordable housing crunch in Hall County is not unique to renters.

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

A lack of affordable, quality housing in Gainesville and Hall County and its effects on the area economy and residents' quality of life are issues ...

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia’s middle class is shrinking, Pew report shows

Job losses, wage cuts and underemployment during the recession have taken a very specific toll on the nation's middle class.

January 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Better coordinated services may help curb growing homeless population

A renewed focus on homelessness in Gainesville comes just as the population of those living on the streets grows beyond the resources available to serve ...

January 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State House, Senate split on new medical cannabis bill

With hearings kicking off this week in the state legislature over a proposed bill to allow the in-state cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, the ...

January 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tourism industry at record levels in Hall

The economic impact of Hall County's tourism industry reached a record high of $282.9 million in 2014, according to the most recent report ...

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minority neighborhoods exist along clear lines in Hall

The streets are narrow in some of Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods. There are no traffic lights there, only stop signs and railroad crossings and dump ...

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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