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Jeff Stowe seeking re-election to county commission

Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe will seek another four-year term representing District 4, which includes more than 80 percent of Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville joins Hall in supporting public art project

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is hoping to expand the influence of paintings, sculptures, digital designs and other art projects throughout Hall County, and they now have a supporter in Gainesville.

January 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal gives lawmakers more time to review education overhaul

Gov. Nathan Deal urged state lawmakers to spend this year's legislative session studying sweeping changes to Georgia's public education system, temporarily backing away from contentious proposals to tie teacher pay to student performance and overhaul the state's method for funding schools.

January 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More single-family homes could be on way at Mundy Mill mixed-use development

The prospect of constructing a new elementary school off Mundy Mill Road in Gainesville has shifted plans to build out a massive residential and commercial project in the area.

January 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Improving education is priority for legislators this year

The Georgia General Assembly will have its hands full when it convenes Monday for the 2016 legislative session.

January 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


What the Democrats would like to get done in the legislature this year

Raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, creating a paid leave system and voting issues top the agenda for the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus, according to its executive director, Liz Flowers.

January 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff has residents questioning protection of Lake Lanier

Recent heavy rains have some residents sounding alarm bells about stormwater runoff from construction sites polluting Lake Lanier coves around Gainesville.

January 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall economy one of strongest in state

The Times reported last week that Gainesville issued a record number of building permits in 2015.

January 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Let the political races begin: Candidates line up for 2016 election

The year 2016 will be a big one for elections - from county races to state contests to national campaigns.

January 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Increase in building permits in Gainesville beefs up revenue

It was a banner year for new commercial and residential development in Gainesville.

January 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Home sales, prices on rise in Hall County

More home sales, higher prices and lower inventory have solidified Hall County real estate as a seller's market once more.

December 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Carter’s cancer battle, cannabis oil among Georgia’s top stories of 2015

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter's battle with cancer, which put a spotlight on his faith and led to an outpouring of support, is among the state's top stories of 2015.

December 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Mr. Gainesville' Bob Hamrick says goodbye

For "Mr. Gainesville," as Bob Hamrick is affectionately called by colleagues, the decision to step away from city government after 46 years in office was not easy and certainly unexpected.

December 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Myrtle Figueras, nearing retirement from Gainesville Council, looks forward

Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras insists that she's walking away for good.

December 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Laundry ministry helps those who are part of growing homeless problem

When you're homeless, it's reassuring to know the people helping you out were once living off the streets, too.

December 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hundreds of Hall residents could lose food stamps as economy improves

With a jobless rate of just 4.3 percent, the strength of Hall County's economy means some local residents could lose access to food ...

February 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


From federal to local level, emphasis put on preventing overdoses

President Barack Obama has proposed $1.1 billion in new spending to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse that has taken its ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

February 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

Georgia no longer requires the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall County to meet the state's water supply needs through 2050, according to the ...

February 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Parks, commercial development and safe streets have long been needs for Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods, where residents often feel underserved by government and community services.

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Plans to demolish a historic building in downtown Dahlonega and build an upscale, boutique hotel in its place can now move forward after the City ...

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system now offering passport service

The close location and helpful assistance made life easy for Lindsey White and her two children on Monday as they applied for passports ahead of ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Immigrant students can’t sue state agency over tuition

The state's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of students who were brought to the United States illegally as children and want ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

The affordable housing crunch in Hall County is not unique to renters.

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

A lack of affordable, quality housing in Gainesville and Hall County and its effects on the area economy and residents' quality of life are issues ...

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia’s middle class is shrinking, Pew report shows

Job losses, wage cuts and underemployment during the recession have taken a very specific toll on the nation's middle class.

January 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Better coordinated services may help curb growing homeless population

A renewed focus on homelessness in Gainesville comes just as the population of those living on the streets grows beyond the resources available to serve ...

January 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State House, Senate split on new medical cannabis bill

With hearings kicking off this week in the state legislature over a proposed bill to allow the in-state cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, the ...

January 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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