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Hall County draws 56 percent of registered voters

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County on Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council gives initial OK to Ahaluna development

Gainesville City Council gave the initial OK on Tuesday night for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway, near the shores of Lake Lanier, after several concessions were made to area residents opposed to the size of the development.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout steady across Hall

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County this Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Polls: 5 things to know

1. You'll need a valid identification to vote, including one of the following: state or federal government employee photo ID; Georgia driver's license, even if expired; valid U.S. passport; valid U.S. military photo ID; or valid tribal photo ID.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early problems reported on Election Day

Election Day troubles are mounting early in Hall County and across the state of Georgia.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote could be 1st step to cut income taxes

Georgia voters will decide whether to cap the state's income tax rate at 6 percent when they head to the polls Tuesday.

November 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal, Christie rally GOP faithful in Gainesville

Flanked by Republican allies on either side, Gov. Nathan Deal step forward on the stage, took to the microphone and basked in chants of "four more years" from the few hundred supporters gathered Saturday afternoon inside the Gainesville Civic Center.

November 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘Dark’ money pours into Ga. Senate race

Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is flush with spending from nonprofit agencies that keep their donors anonymous, making it one of the most expensive contests of the midterm elections.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's adult club loses alcohol license

The Top of Gainesville adult strip club has had its alcohol license suspended following a complaint that it was not serving food for a period of time.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Concerns mount over proposed Virginia Circle development

Gainesville planning staff has expressed concerns about a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet proposed for the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle ahead of a public hearing next month.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Carter stumps on Deal’s home turf

Local business owners, students, lawyers and other supporters greeted Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter on Tuesday, one week ahead of Election Day, in the downtown Gainesville square.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State receives mixed review on election improvements

A new report out this week gives Georgia a mixed grade on its implementation of recommendations made by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration earlier this year to improve the voting experience of Americans.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

October 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

One theme keeps rearing its head this election year when it comes to contested races in Georgia: Democrats are trotting out candidates with name-brand recognition as Republicans push back against this "legacy" influence.

October 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cleanup finally coming to Flat Creek

Funding to improve Flat Creek's water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a "monumental" agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

December 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public meeting to discuss bus fare, route changes

Gainesville will hold three public input meetings today on proposed changes to routes and fares for the public transit system that are scheduled to take effect in April.

November 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State highway director flagged for offensive comments

Sexually inappropriate comments made by the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety prompted a workplace investigation last spring that just recently became public.

November 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New tradition delights Gainesville retailers

Just a few years ago, the idea of opening for business on Thanksgiving was seen as a desperate move by the nation's largest retailers to bolster holiday sales as the economy sluggishly emerged from recession.

November 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Thanksgiving programs feed the hearts of homeless, volunteers in Gainesville

Starla Prickett folded jeans, T-shirts and blankets with her two young daughters at the Good News at Noon shelter on Davis Street on Thanksgiving in Gainesville, preparing the items to be distributed to those in need.

November 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State leaders weigh in on closed Hall crossing

Local state lawmakers are now speaking out on the controversial closing of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing after receiving a letter this week from county officials calling for a more thorough explanation.

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville residents rally in support of Ferguson

The aftermath of a grand jury's decision this week not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown continues to resonate around the nation, and about two dozen residents took to the street Wednesday outside the Hall County courthouse in downtown Gainesville in a "call to action."

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Corps seeks input on Ahaluna dock permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is giving residents still opposed to the development of a 199-lot subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville a new angle in their fight.

November 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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