While significant attrition at the Hall County Sheriff's Office over the last two years has largely been filled by new hires, recent staffing shortages in the patrol division have prompted a new directive subjecting officers to 24-hour availability.
In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners wants answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation and state lawmakers about why the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing has been closed despite the county's objection.
If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.
Sutphen, the manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters, has now reimbursed the county for the purchase cost of the truck and taken possession of the rig, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with county officials.
Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.
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With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.
The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners has a full agenda for today's work session, including discussion about whether to finance tennis court repairs, whether to approve a supplement to a previously approved bond resolution with the Hospital Authority and whether to amend the malt beverage and wine code.
An investigation by The Times has revealed a pattern of misreporting data by state and federal authorities concerning the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.
After weeks of silence, top Gainesville officials are now speaking out about concerns that inadequate pay is causing attrition and low morale in the city fire department.
An audit of the state ethics commission has revealed systemic problems, including inequitable handling of complaints, fines and investigations, within the agency.
Hall County officials have announced they will host two additional public input meetings in an effort to generate interest and support for a new round of special purpose local option sales tax.
So much for a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia.
When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.
The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.
After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Funding to improve Flat Creek's water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a "monumental" agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Gainesville will hold three public input meetings today on proposed changes to routes and fares for the public transit system that are scheduled to take effect in April.
Sexually inappropriate comments made by the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety prompted a workplace investigation last spring that just recently became public.
Just a few years ago, the idea of opening for business on Thanksgiving was seen as a desperate move by the nation's largest retailers to bolster holiday sales as the economy sluggishly emerged from recession.
Starla Prickett folded jeans, T-shirts and blankets with her two young daughters at the Good News at Noon shelter on Davis Street on Thanksgiving in Gainesville, preparing the items to be distributed to those in need.
Local state lawmakers are now speaking out on the controversial closing of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing after receiving a letter this week from county officials calling for a more thorough explanation.
The aftermath of a grand jury's decision this week not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown continues to resonate around the nation, and about two dozen residents took to the street Wednesday outside the Hall County courthouse in downtown Gainesville in a "call to action."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is giving residents still opposed to the development of a 199-lot subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville a new angle in their fight.
While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.
President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.
Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.