For several years, Gainesville resident Don Stroud and his wife have looked out the window of their home on the corner of Pine Valley and Walter Stover roads to see an eyesore.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on a 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, but getting to this point has been trying for county staff, commissioners and residents.
While comments on The Times website and Facebook page often reveal opposition to a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, residents at the last of three meetings Thursday in Gainesville to gather public input on what projects to fund said they supported the tax.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association have begun talks to determine whether the process of distributing local option sales tax revenue between counties and cities can be improved and made more equitable.
One topic of conversation drowned out all other fiscal concerns when the Hall County Board of Commissioners held its first public hearing this month on the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.
The fallout from Gainesville's purchase of the old Hall County jail in 2012, and the subsequent exodus of the Corrections Corp. of America the following year, has left the city treading water on the debt payments it owes.
Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $30.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which includes no tax increases.
Little debate, and no opposition from officials, is likely when Gainesville City Council meets today to vote on the $30.3 million 2015 fiscal year budget.
Lula City Council unanimously adopted an $808,000 general fund budget for the 2015 fiscal year Monday night, pumping an additional $27,000 into improving local parks.
As Hall County voters ponder the prospect of approving a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, this fall, local government officials have worked behind the scenes to develop a "wish list" of projects to be funded.
As Hall County moves forward on gathering public comment for a seventh special purpose local option sales tax, departments are also preparing their own wish lists.
The Hall County Planning Commission will consider Monday whether to recommend approval for opening a used car dealership on Browns Bridge Road.
Hall County officials are now considering a $90.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, a 4 percent increase over the adopted 2014 budget, and down from about $92 million just a few weeks ago.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners tonight will likely award annual contracts for electrical, elevator and heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair services without debate.
Steven Ellis is quietly running out of time to qualify as an independent candidate for the District 3 Hall County Board of Commissioners race this year against incumbent Republican Scott Gibbs.
The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.
The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.
"You are all a lost generation."
Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.
Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.
Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.
Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.
Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.
About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.
Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.
A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.
This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"