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Hall moves forward with scrapping Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to disband the Civil Service Board, which hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees, in favor of a single administrative hearing officer.

June 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes coming to state House districts in Hall County

The redrawing of two state House districts in Hall County could create a perception that boundaries are being manipulated for gain, but elected officials deny this.

June 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Property tax increase on the table in Hall

Hall County officials are considering at least two budget scenarios for the 2016 fiscal year, including a potential property tax increase that could generate about $1.6 million in additional revenue for the general fund.

June 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More details emerge in search for Lanier Tech relocation

More details are trickling out about the search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College, with sites now narrowed to six choices within Hall County.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Downtown Gainesville strategic plan entering final stages of development

Developing a strategic plan to both spur and manage growth in downtown Gainesville has been on the wishlist of city officials since 2012, when a comprehensive plan for the entire city's growth was approved, revealing that downtown needed its own identity and goals.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unease arises over housing redevelopments despite opportunity for change

Plans to redevelop several public and affordable apartment complexes in Gainesville underscore the city's improving commercial and residential market, but the trend also causes a sense of unease for low-income individuals who call these places home.

June 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Number of homeless in Georgia declines, but challenges remain

While the population of individuals living on the street continues to decline in most counties across Georgia, the proportion of homeless veterans and "chronically" homeless people is climbing, according to initial survey results released this week by the Department of Community Affairs.

June 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Politics shift rules: Competing interests sometimes spar over water regulations

The fine line between politics and policy revealed itself in an unusual setting this spring when state lawmakers put an end to the independent authority of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

June 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Council approves per diem meeting pay increase

Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase its per diem meeting attendance pay from $125 to $150, while also increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month from 10 to 12.

June 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch, Lula votes present learning opportunity for new elections board

Special elections June 16 to fill unexpired council terms in Flowery Branch and Lula are fast approaching, and the new Hall County elections board identified its role at a meeting Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Executive action on immigration could take years to resolve

Political conservatives scored a victory this past week when a federal appeals court in New Orleans rejected the Obama administration's request to allow the president's plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation to proceed.

May 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mixed-use proposal follows opening of new hospital

A proposed residential and commercial project along Friendship Road in South Hall could establish a trend for developers looking to piggyback on the opening this spring of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

May 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bruner seeking re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner has announced that she will seek reelection this fall.

May 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roosevelt Square renovation designs released

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived in Gainesville to deliver an impassioned speech about revitalizing the city following a deadly tornado in 1936, he could not have envisioned plans today to honor and build upon the legacy of a square bearing his name.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials approve additional funding for Glades Reservoir study

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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High court ruling on sign restrictions plays out in Hall

Hall County will issue a moratorium Thursday on sign permits after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upended restrictions on some local government ordinances that ostensibly curtail free speech rights.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Confederate flag stirs reactions with area residents

Riding his bicycle down a sidewalk along Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville last week, the Confederate battle flag flying from the handlebars and flapping with the momentum of his speed, John Phillip Chandler, a young white man, neared two African-American men waiting for a bus to arrive.

July 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Property tax: Will you pay more or less?

Few things are as continually contentious in Hall County as reassessments on property values. The issue flared up again last month as the Board of Commissioners debated a budget for the 2016 fiscal year and a possible tax increase.

July 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DNR receives grant to monitor bat disease

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been awarded nearly $25,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand research and monitoring of a deadly disease affecting bat populations that may have habitat in Hall County.

July 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Drivers worry how new gas tax will be used

Motorists in Gainesville on Wednesday expressed mixed reactions to the new 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, with some surprised to learn they'll now be paying more at the pump.

July 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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