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Mecum hailed as ‘true public servant’ as he leaves Hall Board of Commissioners chairman role

Richard Mecum's long career in public service is coming to a close. Or so he thinks.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Winter coat drives, donations serve local homeless

As volunteers sort through men's and women's clothing, from jeans to jackets to sweaters and scarves, the Rev. Victor Lamar Johnson of the Veterans & Community Outreach Foundation looks on with a sly grin.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cultural stigmas challenge local Latinos seeking mental health care

Stigmas about mental illness erect costly barriers to treatment for individuals among all demographics in the United States.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Breakfield sworn in as state court judge

Gainesville attorney John Breakfield was sworn in Friday as the new Hall County State Court judge.

December 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia pharmacists given OK to dispense anti-overdose drug

Local pharmacies are waiting on additional recommendations from the state but plan to stock and dispense over-the-counter a lifesaving drug used to reverse prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

December 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New year could bring more of same issues at Georgia General Assembly

When it comes to the 2017 state legislative session, "carryover" is the operative word.

December 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau live music series ‘Sofa Sessions’ ending

"The Sofa Sessions," a renowned series of intimate gatherings for local musicians at Brenau University hosted by famed songwriter and Gainesville-bred Bruce Burch, is coming to a close.

December 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police increase training, community outreach in wake of deadly shootings

Local law enforcement has taken steps to improve relations with minority communities and increase training after a spate of deadly shootings between police officers and black men this past summer.

December 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


In wake of losing house to fire, Wilheit urges others to donate to less fortunate

In times of crisis, the mind has a way of slowing things down, part of the fight-or-flight instinct evolution has bred.

December 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County gets ‘clean opinion’ in annual audit

Hall County received a clean bill of health in its annual financial audit released Thursday.

December 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville makes Atlanta Street a grant priority instead of Myrtle Terraces

The apartment units along Atlanta Street have been gutted and the entire public housing complex is now fenced off.

December 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Heating assistance program full

About 400 residents in Hall County have already been approved for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter, but the demand has been so high that all available appointments are now filled.

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bilingual ballots in Gwinnett renew calls for same in Hall

Calls have renewed for Hall County to provide Spanish-language ballots for Latino voters after the U.S. Census Bureau applied a new designation to Gwinnett County this week that will require it to become the first county in the state to offer bilingual voting materials.

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula begins to shape new alcohol rules

Lula officials are working to figure out what the rules will be for restaurants selling liquor, beer and wine after the city's voters approved liquor sales by the drink.

November 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


House fire sparks dispute over access to water

A Monday night fire that destroyed the family home of a prominent local businessman has reignited a dispute between some Hall County and Gainesville officials over access to water and how to provide it for a growing populace.

November 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Deshaun Watson Drive coming soon

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has given its OK to renaming Touchdown Drive outside Gainesville High School to Deshaun Watson Drive.

January 17, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


March honors, seeks to continue work of Martin Luther King Jr.

With each passing year the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday takes on an urgent new meaning.

January 16, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino immigrants seek to maintain heritage while thriving in US

For young Latino immigrants in Gainesville and Hall County, there is a growing sense that they are standing on the threshold of a shift so ...

January 15, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Black business brunch highlights minority entrepreneurs

From the Newtown neighborhood to Morningside Heights, black-owned businesses have a long, proud history in Gainesville.

January 14, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends hopes to benefit as Deal eyes funding for early child care

One little boy smiles and makes eye contact with anyone who calls his name, blows kisses to his teacher and happily munches his lunch of ...

January 12, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal keeping focus on school fixes after defeat at ballot

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state ...

January 11, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates still want elder abuse registry

The Georgia Council on Aging is once again pushing for state lawmakers to expand an elder abuser registry, and it's one of five critical ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative study committees tackle prescription drug abuse, music incentives, internet access

Legislation is emerging from several study committees formed last year by state lawmakers looking to address a drug epidemic and economic development in Georgia, and ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kim Copeland named new chairman of Hall Democrats

Kim Copeland was voted the new chairman of the Hall County Democratic Party on Monday night. He replaces Sheila Nicholas in the top post. Nicholas ...

January 09, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville makes plans to demolish old Hall jail in midtown

Gainesville officials have decided to demolish the old Hall County jail on Main Street in the midtown district and sell the cleared 4-acre lot to ...

January 09, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Taxes, medical marijuana among Hall legislators’ priorities

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is once again a top floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal in the Senate.

January 08, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Democrats to push ideas on economy, education, equality, environment

For years, Democrats have faced an uphill battle in the Georgia General Assembly. But that is no deterrent to the priorities they have laid out ...

January 08, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


How will they spend your $23 billion? Legislators start new session Monday

With a nearly $23 billion budget, Georgia lawmakers have as much money to spend as ever.

January 08, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habitat of Hall in familiar hands with new leadership

"I got some big high heels to fill," said Tim Williams, the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County.

January 07, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County, North Georgia hunker down for expected winter blast

The run on milk, bread, canned goods and other basic supplies Friday afternoon at J&J Foods on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville prompted even ...

January 06, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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