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Vote on Mincey Marble plant expansion set for Thursday

The proposed rezoning needed for a West Hall manufacturer to build a new plant drew only silence Monday at a work session of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

October 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

‘We need to tell our story:’ Residents say goodbye to Atlanta Street

Willie Mitchell has made educating children his life's mission, but he laments failings that he believes contributed to the breakdown of social bonds at the public housing complex on Atlanta Street in Gainesville.

October 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Record haul at golf fundraiser to put 3 families in new homes

Three local families were surprised to learn Thursday evening that they are the beneficiaries of this year's Medical Center Open golf tournament, which raised a record $282,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's mission to provide affordable housing.

October 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville City Council votes against sober home for men

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday denied a special use request for a sober living home for men after neighborhood residents raised concerns about safety.

October 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Homeless have until Oct. 21 to vacate Queen City Bridge

Tensions ran high as Gainesville Police moved Monday afternoon to begin clearing a homeless encampment beneath the Queen City Bridge.

October 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Tax credit for low-income workers could be part of broader package

More than 18,000 Hall County families would benefit from a state-level tax credit that supports low-income workers, according to research from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, infusing about $4.3 million into the local economy.

October 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville officials plan to clear homeless camp under Queen City Bridge next week

Gainesville Police plan to clear a homeless encampment located under the Queen City Bridge beginning Monday after a request from the Georgia Department of Transportation, which owns the right of way.

September 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gas leaks still worrying Church Street Manor residents

About a third of residents at Church Street Manor, a subsidized affordable housing complex in Gainesville, were evacuated once again Wednesday night after reports of another gas leak prompted health scares.

September 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

More Latinos register to vote in Hall County

Hall County continues to see a surge of new Latino voters as the Oct. 11 registration deadline for this fall's elections draws near.

September 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

BULLI Bards explores soul with written words

What is the soul and how does it manifest?

September 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Life top stories

Broadband survey looks to boost internet service in rural Northeast Georgia

State lawmakers want to improve broadband internet service in rural parts of Georgia, including northeast cities like Dahlonega, and residents are being asked to take an online survey about the effectiveness of service in their area.

September 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

No showers, cooking available for Church Street Manor residents

Residents of Church Street Manor, an affordable housing complex for the elderly and disabled in Gainesville, were evacuated twice last week after an apparent gas leak sent worry and alarm through the community.

September 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Low jobless rate doesn't give full picture in Hall

The August unemployment rate of just 4.4 percent in metropolitan Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, is both a positive sign of local economic trends and misleading in regard to how far the area has come since the recession ended.

September 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Man’s beating exposes homeless camp horrors under Queen City Bridge

The grounds are lined with trash rather than flowers. No birds sing from shaking limbs along the gravel road entrance. And the stray cats act more like house pets.

September 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Local activist encouraged by Obama’s steps to address prescription, heroin epidemic

The Obama administration has instructed federal agencies to begin taking a number of actions this week to address the national prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic.

September 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent

Heating assistance program launches Nov. 1

Elderly and disabled/homebound residents in Hall County and across Northeast Georgia's Ninth District can apply for assistance paying their heating bills this winter ...

October 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville homeless camp bulldozed Tuesday morning

The homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville is no more.

October 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Windstream promises upgrades to internet in Northeast Georgia

Windstream announced last week that it plans to upgrade its broadband internet service in Northeast Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham and Jackson.

October 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Trump tops UNG mock election with voter anxiety as underlying theme

Republican Donald Trump has won a mock presidential election on the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus.

October 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall County seeks input on growth plan

The recent opposition from homeowners over Mincey Marble's plans to construct a new facility on Browns Bridge Road adjacent to its current operations might ...

October 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Ballot study would explore government merger for Gainesville-Hall County

Voters will have their say on Election Day about a little political posturing and a long simmering difference of opinion between Hall County and Gainesville ...

October 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Silver lining emerges for homeless as some take advantage of shelters, programs

Help for the homeless living beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville has finally gained traction nearly three weeks after city officials and local law ...

October 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Early voting in Hall beats expectations

About 8,000 Hall County voters cast their ballots this week for the presidency and local races, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee, a larger-than-expected ...

October 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall commission candidates lay out plans for economic growth, taxes

Candidates for the District 4 seat on the Hall County Commission made their cases to voters Tuesday night at a question-and-answer forum at the Fair ...

October 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

75-acre subdivision proposal in West Hall tabled

A proposed 75-acre subdivision near Lake Lanier in West Hall was tabled Monday at the Hall County Planning Commission meeting.

October 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Jeff Stowe, Angela Middleton battle for District 4 seat in Hall County

Democrat Angela Thomas Middleton will challenge incumbent Republican Jeff Stowe for the District 4 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners this election season ...

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Connecting homeless to help a challenge ahead of deadline to leave encampment

The goodwill of local nonprofits, shelters and missions may be up to the task of supporting the area's homeless, but meeting the need on ...

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

South Hall voters get contested state House race

This election season, Democrat Michelle Jones will give incumbent Republican Emory Dunahoo his first challenge in State House District 30, which represents areas of South ...

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Local real estate market strong, but supply low

As the local and regional real estate market continues to steady itself following the economic recession, one glaring problem remains in Hall County: the need ...

October 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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