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Tax sales moving from courthouse plaza to government center

Quincy Buffington, 39, is no stranger to tax sales. So when the property he had his eye on came up for auction Tuesday morning, he was ready to outbid his closest competitor.

June 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accessibility upgrades coming to Windcliff Apartments after settlement

Residents of Windcliff Apartments off Limestone Parkway in Gainesville might be surprised to learn the U.S. Department of Justice recently reached a settlement with the complex's property owners in a housing discrimination lawsuit.

June 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group works to preserve affordable housing options for poor families

Karen Brackett and her 4-year-old daughter, Chloe, have finally moved out of the Atlanta Street public housing complex in Gainesville.

June 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Digital billboards slowly rising in popularity

Gainesville officials appear to be moving closer to allowing digital billboards in the city more than two years after first broaching the subject.

June 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students engage fight against drug overdoses

Equipping school campuses with medication that can save drug overdose victims has become a priority in the local fight against heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.

June 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DA, judges, tax commissioner make pitches for budget funds

There's an advantage to being an elected or appointed official in Hall County when it comes to budgeting for a new fiscal year: a chance to persuade commissioners in person about the need for specific funding requests.

June 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Need for Hall County morgue grows along with population, officials say

Sheriff Gerald Couch had it printed on a campaign flyer recently, a political aspiration for his next term.

May 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pool season brings attention to health, safety conditions

The safety advisories are flashing this weekend as Hall County residents head out in remembrance and celebration of Memorial Day and the unofficial kickoff to summer.

May 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Partial loss of power led to 2014 plane crash that killed 2

A partial loss of power in the engine caused the small plane crash Oct. 16, 2014, that killed two people, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Monday.

May 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wilkinson holds off challenge in State Senate District 50

Republican John Wilkinson won the Republican primary to retain his state Senate District 50 race Tuesday.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Powell earns another term as District 2 Hall commissioner

Republican Billy Powell earned a fourth term as Hall County commissioner for District 2 with a win in Tuesday's primary.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stowe bests Phillips in Hall commission District 4 primary

Republican incumbent Jeff Stowe earned the Republican nomination to reclaim his Hall County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat in Tuesday's primary.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New billing model aims to improve care, lower costs for joint replacements

Knee and hip replacements are among the most frequently performed inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries. But the quality and cost of these procedures can vary wildly, and complications such as infections or implant failures are not uncommon.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business parks filling up as new development surges

Two business parks in Hall County will likely get new tenants before the end of the year, a sign that industrial development is running strong alongside new retail and residential construction.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Richard Higgins wins Hall chairman seat in tight race

Richard Higgins narrowly beat Steve Gailey in the race for Hall Couty Board of Commissioners chairman, a seat left vacant when Richard Mecum announced he wouldn't seek a second term. Higgins won 50.99 percent of the vote.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Resource guide helps local families find help they need

The Hall County school system has released its 2016-17 Community Resource Guide, which includes telephone numbers, website addresses, locations and services of various local agencies.

July 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dahlonega nonprofit grows to preserve city’s history

Members of a Dahlonega nonprofit say they are expanding their reach to protect the city's historic charm and gold rush lore after losing the ...

July 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clinton accepts Democratic nomination, vows to be a unifier

Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a ...

July 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Prayer service looks to promote unity between police, community in Gainesville

In keeping with a commitment to bring law enforcement, minorities and the wider community together, a prayer service is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Gainesville.

July 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street a ‘ghost town’ as families move out

"It's a ghost town around here," Ashley Moore said about the public housing complex on Atlanta Street in Gainesville.

July 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Summer heat puts strain on air conditioning in area

Cathy Rell's new apartment in Gainesville didn't have a working air conditioner when she moved in last year.

July 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell brings criminal justice forum to Democratic Convention

As a black Republican, Gainesville attorney and former Hall County commissioner, Ashley Bell is in a unique position to address criminal justice reform - which has ...

July 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall political observers weigh in on Democratic Convention's shaky start

Hillary Clinton's campaign sought to squelch a political firestorm over hacked emails that deepened dissent among Bernie Sanders' loyal supporters, turning to some of ...

July 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall wage report shows growing fortunes for workers

The good news for local workers is that 88 percent of companies surveyed for an annual report say they intend to give wage and benefit ...

July 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study shows medical marijuana lowers costs, painkiller use

Research has linked medical marijuana with a decrease in the abuse of painkillers, and now a University of Georgia study has spotlighted the potential cost ...

July 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Bell works to bring criminal justice reform to GOP convention

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell is on a mission to make the Republican Party more responsive to issues of social justice and criminal justice reform, and ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trump is now official Republican nominee

With supporters and protesters squaring off in the streets, and despite flurries of dissent on the convention floor, Donald Trump formally secured the Republican nomination ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


U.S. Rep. Collins: ‘There’s no fear here’ at Republican convention

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is trying not to let the distractions get to him this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

July 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Silt buildup, aging pipes threaten Lake Knickerbocker

From the back of his truck, Randy Askea navigates an electric, four-wheeled vehicle with an attached camera through a decades-old pipe running under an earthen ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unmarked African-American graves are lost in time

Perhaps nowhere is the lost history of Gainesville's African-American community more obvious than in the 1,148 unmarked graves recently identified at the Alta ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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