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Library feels pinch from lack of funding

Without increased public funding, the forecast is cloudy on what the future holds for Hall County Library System branches.

August 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville businesses eye sale of growlers

When Gainesville amended its alcohol ordinance a few months ago to allow the sale of growlers, a few local business owners saw an opportunity to catch the wave.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Subdivision developers postpone plans again

Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision straddling the Hall County and Gwinnett County line were sidelined again Monday when the planning commission tabled the proposal until next month.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont seeks green light for voting change

Clermont officials are waiting on state approval of proposed changes to the North Hall city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

August 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments work to control overtime

Hall County and Gainesville are finding most part-time workers now are complying with a new policy that limits the number of hours they can work each week.

August 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners save money by rejecting contract

Hall County is saving about $13,000 after officials changed their minds on a contract for concrete blocks to be used in construction of the new correctional institute.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Paddlers stir high hopes of reviving Olympic venue

The future of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue might be written in this week's USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County denies claims in damage suit

Hall County has denied allegations lodged by resident Don Stroud in a lawsuit seeking compensation for damage to his property.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rumors turn to facts: Wal-Mart grocery stores coming to Lanier Plaza, Lanier Commons

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville rejects bids for downtown development

Gainesville has rejected all bids to develop a mixed-use project near downtown along Jesse Jewell Parkway.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly formed visitors bureau lays foundation at 1st meeting

The board of directors of the newly formed Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement that will fund the city's new tourism arm.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall library furlough days hurt workers, patrons alike

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its 2015 fiscal year budget in June, the spending plan included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time county workers and called for no furlough days.

July 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

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.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Lost Generation' lives on thanks to literary greats

"You are all a lost generation."

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | More viewpoint stories


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates

Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New website gives Hall residents access to property info

Hall County has announced the launch of a new Geographic Information Systems website that will allow residents to access property and tax assessment information.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Council to amend adult entertainment ordinance, refinance bonds

Gainesville City Council is prepared to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County changes employee health benefits

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to implement changes to employee health care benefits in an effort to encourage workers to use the county's new pharmacy and clinic, set to open in January.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday morning at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, boasting about $550,000 in donations already from 23 "pace setter" companies.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall OKs funds to replace faulty firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved funding this morning for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform to replace the one involved in a July accident that seriously injured three firefighters.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps

Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US Senate candidates spar over immigration

Politics appear to be at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision last week to delay unspecified executive action on immigration until after the November mid-term elections.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay at crux of Gainesville police morale issues

In the wake of Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly's sudden resignation Aug. 29 following an inquiry into his leadership by city management, it became clear morale among officers had bottomed out.

September 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Revised Hall County tax notices going out soon

Lakefront property owners protesting the new assessments on the value of their homes along Lake Lanier have been waiting and waiting for their appeals to be heard.

September 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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