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Food stamp losses slow in Hall, pick up in neighboring counties

The number of Hall County residents losing food stamp benefits after the reinstatement of a work requirement has leveled off this summer, but Georgia is now looking to expand cuts to additional counties, including nearby Forsyth, Clarke, Jackson and Barrow.

August 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family fun day aims to bring awareness of homelessness

If Deondre Williams had his way, every community in the country would hear his message about homelessness.

August 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Groups seek flexibility after changes in septic permitting

Harold Kilgore wants options. That was his message to the Hall County Board of Health on Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former state Rep. Carl Rogers joins Lanier Tech

Former state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is now the vice president of economic development at Lanier Technical College.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Hall fire hydrants out of service since January; Gainesville officials working on solutions

A fire that destroyed a home in North Hall last week has left local government officials looking to calm fears about the risk to other residents.

August 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newtown Day unites Gainesville's traditional African-American community

Aaron Christopher said he and his basketball teammates play "for love of the game."

August 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Privacy breach at Athens clinic gives pause to local providers

Local health care providers said they have taken note of a data breach at a clinic in Athens that exposed the private information and medical history of some 200,000 current and former patients.

August 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to acquire insurance office for future downtown parking deck

Gainesville officials are looking to spend about $1.52 million to acquire a property along a central downtown corridor, with a parking lot in mind that will one day "kind of be a bookend" to the square.

August 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes continue at Gainesville airport with new public, private investment

Big changes continue at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville thanks to public and private investments in a hoped-for future that lures bigger and more frequent travel to Northeast Georgia.

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


IRS office in Gainesville plans to implement appointments after complaints

Complaints about long lines and poor customer service at the local Internal Revenue Service office prompted U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to recently visit for a firsthand look at the problems.

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Can third-party presidential candidates gain traction?

The ups and downs of what many consider the strangest presidential election of their lifetime has produced a unique opportunity for third-party candidates to make a statement on the national political stage this fall.

August 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Court ruling could halt Mar-Jac plant inspection

A local magistrate judge has recommended a warrant be quashed to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for potential worker-safety violations.

August 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville government merger will appear on fall ballot

Residents across Hall County will be asked on Election Day whether they want a study conducted to determine the cost and feasibility of consolidating local municipal and county governments, as held in Athens-Clarke and Macon-Bibb.

August 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DEA ruling on marijuana frustrates activists

Better count Hall County resident Katie Harrison among the millions of Americans stung by the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision on Thursday to keep marijuana on a list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization and medicinal use.

August 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Men's home on hold after residents voice concern

Plans to open a sober living home for men are on hold after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board failed to reach a quorum Tuesday.

August 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


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 ...

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


New park creates political tension between District 4 commission candidates

The campaign for the District 4 Hall County Board of Commissioners seat took an interesting turn Wednesday when Democratic challenger Angela Middleton asserted her credentials ...

September 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed park behind Harrison Square could boost area

Hall County is looking to purchase more than 21 acres behind the Harrison Square public housing complex on the south side of Gainesville to develop ...

September 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Small cities unite to counter Gainesville, Hall influence

Gainesville officials said Tuesday that they were surprised by a push from smaller cities in Hall County to unite against the influence of Gainesville and ...

September 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


FBI agrees to fund new firing range and training center in Hall County

The FBI has agreed to pay up to $1.7 million for a new firing range and training facility in Hall County that it will ...

September 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote Trump or Clinton? Many in Hall are cool to both

The old philosophy of choosing the "lesser of two evils" in the voting booth isn't working for some Hall County residents and students during ...

September 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf instructor confused about ouster

Jeff Frasier, director of instruction at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, is on his way out after more than a ...

September 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way begins campaign with focus on poverty

Living in poverty means having to make stark, difficult choices about where to spend what little money is available from day to day.

September 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way leads new effort to fight poverty in Hall

For the more than 32,000 Hall County residents living in poverty, and the countless more teetering on the brink, just knowing who to ask ...

September 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


IRS to add staff at Gainesville office

Staffing shortages at a Gainesville taxpayer assistance office will be remedied next month, according to an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service.

September 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates look to Atlanta homeless program for answers

Gainesville resident Doug Hanson has a passion for helping the homeless.

September 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall residents lose insurance options as providers pull out of Affordable Care Act

Hall County will likely lose half its current insurance providers within the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser ...

September 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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