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State lawmakers ponder tax break for music industry

A legislative working group, perhaps hoping to spawn the next Allman Brothers Band, REM or Outkast, will review possible tax incentives for the Georgia music industry when it meets this summer and fall.

June 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County plans worker raises, no tax increase in 2017 budget

Employee pay raises are at the fore of a $97 million spending plan Hall County officials are considering for the 2017 fiscal year.

June 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


LGBT community, reeling from Orlando attack, comes together in solidarity

The shock and sorrow is still coursing through Jason Hewett's veins.

June 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


HUD changing rental assistance calculation for low-income residents

More than 2 million American households rely on a federally subsidized voucher program to afford their rent, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

June 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Historic Dahlonega building nearing demolition

The fate of the historic Jeremiah Payne House, also known as the Parks Clothing building, in downtown Dahlonega is slowly getting etched in stone.

June 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents wonder about future of Church Street Manor

Residents of Church Street Manor in Gainesville have received the notice before.

June 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheers, shrugs greet Clinton’s milestone among local leaders

Hillary Clinton effectively claimed the Democratic presidential nomination last week after her victory over Bernie Sanders in the California primary, becoming the first woman to ever earn the nomination from a major party.

June 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville embraces porous parking push to limit stormwater runoff

The cottage homes Frank Norton, president and CEO of The Norton Agency real estate firm in Gainesville, is building along Enota Avenue will include porous parking surfaces.

June 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County freight study wraps into regional transportation plan

Routing chicken trucks and 18-wheelers through Hall County is a major element in regional transportation planning.

June 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Insurer joins fights against prescription drug abuse

Fighting prescription drug abuse, an epidemic in the United States responsible for taking half a million lives between 2010 and 2014, has become an all-hands-on-deck approach.

June 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Low-income apartments targeted for renovation

Big renovations are planned for the Ridgecrest apartments off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville, a welcome respite for resident Terrie Powers, who has absorbed the deteriorating quality of the homes over 24 years but wouldn't think about leaving.

June 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax sales moving from courthouse plaza to government center

Quincy Buffington, 39, is no stranger to tax sales. So when the property he had his eye on came up for auction Tuesday morning, he was ready to outbid his closest competitor.

June 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accessibility upgrades coming to Windcliff Apartments after settlement

Residents of Windcliff Apartments off Limestone Parkway in Gainesville might be surprised to learn the U.S. Department of Justice recently reached a settlement with the complex's property owners in a housing discrimination lawsuit.

June 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group works to preserve affordable housing options for poor families

Karen Brackett and her 4-year-old daughter, Chloe, have finally moved out of the Atlanta Street public housing complex in Gainesville.

June 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Digital billboards slowly rising in popularity

Gainesville officials appear to be moving closer to allowing digital billboards in the city more than two years after first broaching the subject.

June 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hall wage report shows growing fortunes for workers

The good news for local workers is that 88 percent of companies surveyed for an annual report say they intend to give wage and benefit ...

July 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study shows medical marijuana lowers costs, painkiller use

Research has linked medical marijuana with a decrease in the abuse of painkillers, and now a University of Georgia study has spotlighted the potential cost ...

July 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Bell works to bring criminal justice reform to GOP convention

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell is on a mission to make the Republican Party more responsive to issues of social justice and criminal justice reform, and ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trump is now official Republican nominee

With supporters and protesters squaring off in the streets, and despite flurries of dissent on the convention floor, Donald Trump formally secured the Republican nomination ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


U.S. Rep. Collins: ‘There’s no fear here’ at Republican convention

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is trying not to let the distractions get to him this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

July 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Silt buildup, aging pipes threaten Lake Knickerbocker

From the back of his truck, Randy Askea navigates an electric, four-wheeled vehicle with an attached camera through a decades-old pipe running under an earthen ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unmarked African-American graves are lost in time

Perhaps nowhere is the lost history of Gainesville's African-American community more obvious than in the 1,148 unmarked graves recently identified at the Alta ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic Park tower sign will dim, turn off earlier

It's like something out of a "Seinfeld" episode, where a bright red light from a Kenny Rogers chicken joint shines day and night through ...

July 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Green Street study reveals difficulty of widening, redesigning road

More than 33,000 automobiles travel up and down historic Green Street in Gainesville each day, and heavy trucks account for 16 percent of all ...

July 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mental health program for families adopts Spanish-language model

It is said that the mentally ill often suffer in silence.

July 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Some Hall Democrats still cool to Clinton despite Sanders' backing

Hall County Democrats responded with mixed emotions after Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, with some ready to back the presumptive nominee for ...

July 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sunday blue law to remain despite Lula alcohol changes

Lula officials are moving closer to placing a referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether they want to approve changes to the city's ...

July 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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