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Voter opinion mixed as end of poll on sales tax nears

A scattering of exit polling reveals mixed opinions about the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund public infrastructure projects countywide.

March 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area lawmakers sift through survivors of Crossover Day at state legislature

The buildup to Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta was more subdued this year than last.

March 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council reviews goals, priorities

March 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man gets life in prison for hotel slaying, dismemberment

A Gainesville man pleaded guilty this week and has been sentenced to life without parole in the murder of another city resident at Sun Suites Hotel on Browns Bridge Road.

March 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fire, police departments identify goals for next fiscal year

Budget season is beginning for local governments, and the Gainesville City Council reviewed goals and priorities for several departments, including public safety agencies, during a Thursday work session.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County commissioners reject Tumbling Circle closing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners finally voted Thursday to reject a proposal to abandon right of way along Tumbling Circle after a railroad crossing there was closed last year.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hobby Lobby in, Chipotle still mum on retail location

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food chain serving made-to-order burritos and tacos, has plans to open a location on Dawsonville Highway near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

March 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board OKs new brewery location

It's not quite back to the drawing board, but Left Nut Brewing Co. is once again seeking approval from Gainesville officials to open the city's first craft brewery.

March 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ice storm cleanup price tag keeps climbing for Gainesville

As local governments continue to clear streets and remove storm debris from roadways left by the ice storm in mid-February, the costs are starting to pile up.

March 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall making dent as ice storm cleanup continues

Hall County is still cleaning up from the ice storm in mid-February that tore down limbs and trees, knocked out power to tens of thousands and prompted road maintenance crews to work overtime.

March 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners to face full agenda

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will finally vote Thursday night on several items that have been put off for weeks, and in some cases months.

March 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Crossover Day: Make-or-break time looms for state legislation

Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta is fast approaching. Legislation must pass out of the House or Senate, wherever it originates, by midnight Friday, or else it will die this year.

March 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal: Improving economy requires better education, roads

It's the last hurrah for Gov. Nathan Deal, the final go-round.

March 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislature battle looming over printed legal notices

A bill working its way through the state legislature would give local governments the option to post legal notices online rather than in print newspapers.

March 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A break for lake owners: Hall County to target businesses for tax changes

Lakefront homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief this year.

March 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly's 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

March 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall residents plead to retain Friendship Road name

Supporters hoping to retain the Friendship Road name for a popular and busy thoroughfare in South Hall made passionate pleas to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a work session.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Busy site at Thompson Bridge Road preps for more growth

Applications for new development are coming fast and furious to the Gainesville planning division, and the latest proposal up for review calls for professional office space along Thompson Bridge Road, directly across the road from the Wal-Mart grocery store.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Supporters seek more allies for Friendship Road moniker

The fight to retain the Friendship Road name for a historic South Hall County thoroughfare is gaining momentum once again.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Senate passes transportation bill, but at less than $1 billion funding goal

The Georgia Senate passed a transportation bill Friday afternoon that would generate somewhere near $800 million in funding for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

March 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville promotes EPA's WaterSense labeling

With a water bill tripling from one month to the next, alarm bells rang in Leslie White's ears.

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NCAA basketball contests a big business for some

What do you call a criminal act that is nearly unenforceable?

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State senators make big changes to transportation bill

The state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday made significant changes to a transportation bill approved by House lawmakers earlier this year.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Civil Service Board upholds firing

In an unusual case, the Hall County Civil Service Board voted unanimously Tuesday morning to uphold the termination of employee David McCord.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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