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Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Libertarian candidate for governor Hunt addresses UNG students

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sandra Deal addresses GOP voters

Republican voters swarmed the clubhouse Monday at the Village at Deaton Creek to welcome U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, his wife, Bonnie, first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal and State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looking to reduce employee pay periods

Hall County officials are looking to cut costs by reducing the number of pay periods for employees, but any change is now unlikely before January or February.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High-end subdivision planned near Dawsonville Highway

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America's Home Place, is looking to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision along Lake Lanier.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

The World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent's lucrative market.

October 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Subdivision moving forward despite resident concerns

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has recommended approval of an annexation and rezoning request that will allow for the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

October 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting gets off to busy start

Hall County voters steadily poured into the elections office at the Government Center in Gainesville on Monday morning to cast their ballots in the general election.

October 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ahaluna Heights residents ready to challenge proposed development

Residents of the Ahaluna Heights Neighborhood Association are ready to voice their concerns over plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, when the planning and appeals board meets Tuesday.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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