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Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving forward on health clinic for workers

Hall County officials are finally moving forward on plans to turn the old East Hall library branch, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in July 2011, into a health clinic for employees.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners to review new park’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


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


Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates

Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New website gives Hall residents access to property info

Hall County has announced the launch of a new Geographic Information Systems website that will allow residents to access property and tax assessment information.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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