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Deal: Improving economy requires better education, roads

It's the last hurrah for Gov. Nathan Deal, the final go-round.

March 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislature battle looming over printed legal notices

A bill working its way through the state legislature would give local governments the option to post legal notices online rather than in print newspapers.

March 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A break for lake owners: Hall County to target businesses for tax changes

Lakefront homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief this year.

March 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System gives seed money for senior transport service

A nonprofit, primarily volunteer-run transportation program serving Hall County's senior citizens has received seed money from the Northeast Georgia Health System to help it become operational.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council again denies drive-thru

Gainesville residents begged for an end to the back-and-forth proposals for a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lee Gilmer airport now allows larger planes

The sleek Gulfstream was unmistakable to Terry Palmer.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Senate's marijuana bill includes more restrictions than House's

Supporters of medical marijuana said they were blindsided Monday by the introduction of a Senate bill that places more stringent regulations on the drug's use and availability than a House version that passed with bipartisan votes just last week.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Virginia Circle drive-thru back on the table

With new commercial development picking up across Gainesville in the early months of the year, one project has seen change-after-change on its path toward approval.

March 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall targets $1.3M deficit in housing program

Since 2009, nearly 60 abandoned or foreclosed homes in Hall County have been purchased, renovated and sold to low-income families under the federal grant-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

February 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigating local tax return fraud

Gainesville police are investigating a man with a history of fraud charges in a possible scam to steal tax refunds from local clients.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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