For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.
On average, employees of the city of Gainesville earn 7.7 percent less for entry level pay than their counterparts elsewhere in the state, and 2.1 percent below market at the middle of each pay grade, according to the results of a new study released Tuesday.
A ruling in the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act is likely this month, and local consumers, businesses and government are bracing for the potential fallout if the verdict goes against the federal health law.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to disband the Civil Service Board, which hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees, in favor of a single administrative hearing officer.
Hall County officials are considering at least two budget scenarios for the 2016 fiscal year, including a potential property tax increase that could generate about $1.6 million in additional revenue for the general fund.