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Gainesville's Airport Parkway to become one-way loop to ease traffic jams

Gainesville officials are poised to make changes to the traffic flow along Airport Parkway to alleviate congestion around the industrial park after businesses, including Mansfield Oil, brought the issue to the city's attention.

March 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

UNG series spotlights issues for undocumented students

Perhaps facts and figures can't compete with raw emotion when it comes to fixing what Democrats and Republicans agree is a broken national immigration system.

March 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

How law enforcement helps when mental illness, criminal activity intersect

In many parts of the United States, including here in Gainesville and Hall County, law enforcement agencies have become de facto mental health care providers.

March 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Local leaders have mixed reaction to Deal's promise to veto 'religious liberty' bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that he will veto a controversial "religious liberty" bill, arguing that the First Amendment was protection enough for the concerns raised by some Christians after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year.

March 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Survey aims to end homelessness among veterans

The number of homeless military veterans across the United States - at least 50,000 in January 2014 and 48,000 in January 2015, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness - underscores the devastating mental, emotional and physical wounds of war that afflict the nation's heroes long after the battle ends.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville High students aim to help homeless with 'tiny homes'

There are an estimated 200 or more homeless individuals in and around Gainesville, according to local officials and nonprofit agencies, a glaring total for a community of its size.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

'Religious liberty’ bill debate: Protecting rights or ‘veiling discrimination’?

The "religious liberty" bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature or veto is confusing and controversial to some, and clear and righteous to others.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall County expanding program to rehab vacant homes, blighted properties

Hall County officials are expanding the target area of a federally funded housing rehabilitation program to increase the supply of affordable homes for low-income families in unincorporated communities, including in the northern and western parts of the county.

March 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Buford Corn Maze, Buffington Farm Road subdivision up for Hall zoning approval

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote tonight on several rezoning requests that, if approved, would expand business in South Hall and add a new subdivision off Buffington Farm Road.

March 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Atlas Pizza staying put in square

Atlas Pizza will not be moving off the downtown Gainesville square after all.

March 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hearing will determine if Jeffrey Sosebee can run for Hall County sheriff

The Hall County Elections Board will meet Friday to determine if Jeffrey Sosebee is eligible to run for sheriff.

March 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Families willing to break law to acquire medical marijuana

Civil disobedience is as American as baseball, but the writer Henry David Thoreau could never have imagined what issues would inspire such symbolic acts come the 21st century.

March 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall housing market strong, but challenges lie ahead

The housing market can be a blessing and a curse. Homeowners know this. So, too, do those looking to buy, rent or lease.

March 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Families swear by cannabis oil’s effect, but legislation to expand it in Georgia stalls

Proposals to expand the use, cultivation and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are on life support as the state legislature enters its final week of action for 2016.

March 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County dedicates first 2 homes in subdivision

It's not a proper Habitat for Humanity of Hall County dedication if no one is there to witness it.

March 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent

Hall’s population boom to 300K by 2040 brings challenges

If the Atlanta Regional Commission's projections come true, Hall County's population will grow dramatically over the next 25 years.

April 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

More unemployed residents set to lose their food stamp benefits

Nearly 200 Hall County residents have lost their food stamp benefits since the beginning of the year after a work requirement was reinstated.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Atlanta Street public housing residents struggle to find affordable homes with vouchers

The move from Atlanta Street is proving to be a mixed blessing for several single mothers.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Water, Glades’ fate flow at GOP debate among Hall commission candidates

Water is life. In Hall County, it's also money.

April 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Student spending: Hall, Gainesville below state, national averages

Georgia spends less per student than the national average, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said. And Hall County and Gainesville schools fall below ...

April 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Community leaders seek to break cycle of crime's heavy cost

Fines and fees resulting from misdemeanor traffic and probation violations has led the U.S. Justice Department to warn local courts about the emergence of ...

April 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Vacant properties can have wide-ranging effects on area

They're more than just an eyesore.

April 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall County sending delegates to Republican, Democratic conventions

Several Hall County residents have been selected as 9th District congressional delegates for the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions this summer.

April 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall County hits pause on Glades Reservoir project

Hall County has temporarily withdrawn its permitting application for the planned Glades Reservoir, according to county officials.

April 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Split high court now holds fate of Obama’s immigration actions

Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed sharp skepticism about President Barack Obama's immigration efforts Monday, leaving his actions to help millions of people who are ...

April 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Top of the wires

Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport renovations continue

The venerable Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville continues to undergo renovations in keeping with growing demand and expectations.

April 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local

As alcohol becomes big business, Gainesville ponders pouring policies

There are perhaps two ways that continued changes to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance can be viewed: The code is either falling apart or it is ...

April 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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