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Hall officials waver on choosing new credit card vendor

The Hall County Board of Commissioners might delay a vote this week on whether to hire a new vendor to handle processing of credit and debit card payments.

January 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County employees clinic, pharmacy to open today

Doors open early this morning at the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees, at 2434 Old Cornelia Highway in Rabbittown.

January 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Analysis: Hall leaders reflect on turbulent era, look ahead to 2015 challenges

Ringing in the New Year often comes with both reflection and anticipation, looking back on what was and looking ahead to what might be.

January 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County’s first born of 2015 comes early

It seems Kelan Reece Hollis just couldn't wait to enter the world any longer.

January 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A look ahead: Top local government stories to watch in 2015

One look into the crystal ball reveals several top local government stories to watch in 2015, though there are always sure to be surprises when it comes to city and county politics and policy.

December 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's elected mayor has influential role in 1st year

With the introduction of Gainesville's first elected mayor in 2014, the dynamics on the City Council shifted, playing out in several crucial and controversial votes.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Governor names Miller a floor leader for 2015

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, was named Tuesday as Gov. Nathan Deal's senior floor leader in the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2014 proves positive for area economic development

Growth in retail, housing permits and jobs marked a turnaround for the local economy in 2014, according to a year-in-review report issued Monday by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

December 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health care jobs among fastest-growing occupations in state

Certain industries seem inherently fraught with political controversy. Big oil. Big pharma. Big government.

December 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Outsider’ Lutz reflects on Hall commission term

"I think I was seen as an outsider," said former Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz. "And I really ran as an outsider."

December 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Christmas a day of sorrow, strength for Gainesville homeless

As the rain pooled beneath the Queen City bridge in the chilly mist of Wednesday morning, a few homeless men scrambled to move couches, tables, a barrel fire and personal items to higher ground.

December 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area businesses prepare for new OSHA mandates

New federal mandates set to take effect Jan. 1 will likely increase the number of severe workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers, and the impact will be felt by some area businesses and industries previously exempt from maintaining logs about on-the-job accidents.

December 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wage growth returning as job market expands

The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements - including runoff protection fencing and road preparation - are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials remain skeptical of drive-thru proposal

Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials skeptical of drive-thru proposal

The Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

January 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it's only small relief for many of Hall County's homeless.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cagle: Education drives Ga. economy as 'great equalizer'

In his speech at the state Capitol prior to the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle talked a lot about moral responsibility.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

January 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County commissioners change policy to open work to retirees

Hall County officials have made a policy change that will allow some retirees to continue working part time while also collecting pensions.

January 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County reviewing Gateway Centre marketing plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to sign off tonight on an updated marketing plan for the Gateway Industrial Centre in hopes the business park is finally ready for build-out.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


MLK Day renews spirit of activism

'I go to the movie and I go downtown

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's downtown square bigger draw than ever

While it's no secret the downtown square is Gainesville's centerpiece, the last year has proven what a major draw it is for residents and tourists alike.

January 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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