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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.