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Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Home reflects community spirit

For nonprofits, success often lies in defining a mission. Without a clear focus, it's easy to become stretched too thin.

April 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hotel, motel fee riles tourism, hospitality industry

Tourism industry leaders are fuming about the possible economic fallout of a new $5 per night fee on hotel/motel stays.

April 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board to review office space proposal for Thompson Bridge

The Thompson Bridge Road corridor shifts more and more in the direction of commercial enterprise with each passing year, the residential character evolving into a blend of homes, restaurants and retail stores.

April 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County sewer, road maintenance demands reflected in budget requests

The Hall County Public Works Department is comprised of several divisions, but residents are likely most familiar with road maintenance and the sewer utility, if only because that's what most affects their day-to-day lives.

April 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall tag office may reopen

A motor vehicle tag office in South Hall, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in 2011, could soon be resurrected if Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden gets her way.

April 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hamrick will seek another re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick, the longest-serving member, has announced that he will seek re-election this November.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services to increase personnel

With new growth and increasing demand, Hall County Fire Services Chief Jeff Hood said it's a good thing voters approved a 1 percent sales tax last month to fund infrastructure projects countywide.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council OKs brewery location

The Gainesville City Council gave the OK Tuesday for Left Nut Brewing Co. to open the city's first brewery in the Chicopee Mill industrial area off Atlanta Highway.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall sheriff proposes budget increase

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is proposing to spend a little bit more money in the next fiscal year, with the biggest increase coming from the planned reopening of the courthouse annex later this year to serve probate and juvenile cases.

April 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Manufacturers hope to enlist young adults

Tough. Dirty. Low-paying.

April 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Forsyth among healthiest counties in state

If you're looking to get or stay healthy, communities around Lake Lanier provide a good starting place.

April 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislature passes key laws, yet work remains on issues

Transportation funding. Medical marijuana. Education reform.

April 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville departments lay out goals for next fiscal year

More Gainesville departments have laid out their goals and priorities for the next fiscal year as City Manager Kip Padgett prepares to unveil his proposed budget later this month.

April 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Three apartment complexes off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville that primarily house working-class minorities and immigrants are getting a major face-lift and new security thanks to a more than $2 million investment from Greenleaf Management.

May 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

May 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Slippery slope concerns arise as Hall officials debate trash dumping rate

Concerns about setting a bad precedent have given pause to some Hall County officials over whether to approve a discounted rate for a private trash collection service to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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