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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.