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Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Ga. endures harsh freeze, braces for next storm

After snow flurries fell amid trees and power lines still encased in ice Wednesday, local officials began preparing for more wintry weather this weekend.

February 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Development Authority OKs purchase, renovation of Summer’s Landing at Limestone senior facility

Summer's Landing at Limestone, an assisted living facility on Windward Lane in Gainesville, will soon be known as Oxton Place of Gainesville.

February 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Storm sends residents scrambling for supplies

Power outages across Hall County sent residents scrambling Tuesday morning for generators, food and other essentials to make it through the storm's aftermath.

February 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roads, parks, fire top Gainesville SPLOST projects

Projects old and new top Gainesville's list of priorities as a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax looms.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public safety, road concerns top Hall SPLOST priorities

When it comes to special purpose local option sales tax, Hall County government gets the lion's share of revenue, and that's no small matter.

February 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Push is on for Hall County sales tax vote

Though the votes won't be counted until March 17, the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure projects across Hall County may be decided before then.

February 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New signs to ‘put a face on Gainesville’

Gainesville officials have selected a design template for new wayfinding signs in the city, a first step toward construction and installation.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bat worries are latest obstacle to Glades Reservoir

The northern long-eared bat, whose habitat extends into Hall County, has contributed to the latest delay of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brewery now planned for Chicopee Mill instead of Midtown

Plans to open Gainesville's first microbrewery in the midtown district are no more.

February 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall audit shows housing program running millions in deficits

Described as "very serious in nature," accounting deficiencies in a grant-funded housing program operated by Hall County were revealed Thursday night in an audit report to the Board of Commissioners.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's ire against transportation bill not dying down

Gainesville officials have prepared a resolution opposing a $1 billion state transportation bill, even as the plan continues to be revised in the Georgia General Assembly.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council begins hearing 2016 budget requests

There are two major complicating factors as local governments prepare to dive into budget talks this year: Will voters approve a 1 percent sales tax to fund roads, building renovations and other infrastructure upgrades and how will a proposed $1 billion state transportation bill affect city and county revenues?

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly's 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

March 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall residents plead to retain Friendship Road name

Supporters hoping to retain the Friendship Road name for a popular and busy thoroughfare in South Hall made passionate pleas to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a work session.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Busy site at Thompson Bridge Road preps for more growth

Applications for new development are coming fast and furious to the Gainesville planning division, and the latest proposal up for review calls for professional office space along Thompson Bridge Road, directly across the road from the Wal-Mart grocery store.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Supporters seek more allies for Friendship Road moniker

The fight to retain the Friendship Road name for a historic South Hall County thoroughfare is gaining momentum once again.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Senate passes transportation bill, but at less than $1 billion funding goal

The Georgia Senate passed a transportation bill Friday afternoon that would generate somewhere near $800 million in funding for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

March 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville promotes EPA's WaterSense labeling

With a water bill tripling from one month to the next, alarm bells rang in Leslie White's ears.

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NCAA basketball contests a big business for some

What do you call a criminal act that is nearly unenforceable?

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State senators make big changes to transportation bill

The state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday made significant changes to a transportation bill approved by House lawmakers earlier this year.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Civil Service Board upholds firing

In an unusual case, the Hall County Civil Service Board voted unanimously Tuesday morning to uphold the termination of employee David McCord.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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