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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


Tight battle looms for open Senate seat

When Republican Saxby Chambliss announced last year that he would not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, a long list of GOP candidates began lining up to succeed him.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials mum on fire department interviews

It is now unclear whether Gainesville officials will hold interviews with fire department personnel next week, or at any point, to discuss workplace morale and other concerns.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County explores outsourcing payroll processing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given the go-ahead for staff to seek bids from payroll services companies.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials questioning employees about morale

Gainesville officials intend to interview personnel in all city departments, beginning with the fire department, after an inquiry into the police department this summer revealed growing concerns about employee morale.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners delay vote on Deaton Creek tennis court repair

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first approval for brewery

Gainesville City Council has given the initial go-ahead for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Neighborhood residents want county to repair tennis court

Residents of the Village at Deaton Creek have asked Hall County officials to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court damaged during the construction of the subdivision's sewer system.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Adult entertainment ordinance needs more technical alterations

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold a first reading Thursday on proposed changes to the adult entertainment ordinance.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed code changes would require business license before opening

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

October 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development

After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County's objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Democrats select election board members

The Hall County Democratic Party selected its appointees Monday night to the new elections board that will launch in January.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall County reach deal on Ahaluna development

Officials from Hall County and the city of Gainesville have reached an agreement that will allow for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

November 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller loses Senate president pro tem vote

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, lost the vote Monday for Senate president pro tem in the Georgia legislature.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Republicans select elections board appointees

The Hall County Republican Party has selected its appointments to the new elections board that will launch Jan. 1.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Troubling cases lead to attrition on Sheriff’s Office staff

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.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

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.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County not ready to forsake Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

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.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

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.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County reimbursed for firetruck involved in July training accident

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.

November 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

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.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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