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Homeowner to sue Hall for damage

For several years, Gainesville resident Don Stroud and his wife have looked out the window of their home on the corner of Pine Valley and Walter Stover roads to see an eyesore.

June 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County budget scuffle: More money, more dissent

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on a 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, but getting to this point has been trying for county staff, commissioners and residents.

June 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials conclude tax input meetings

While comments on The Times website and Facebook page often reveal opposition to a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, residents at the last of three meetings Thursday in Gainesville to gather public input on what projects to fund said they supported the tax.

June 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes may come to tax sharing negotiations

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association have begun talks to determine whether the process of distributing local option sales tax revenue between counties and cities can be improved and made more equitable.

June 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront tax values stir venom

One topic of conversation drowned out all other fiscal concerns when the Hall County Board of Commissioners held its first public hearing this month on the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.

June 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville tries to escape jail debt

The fallout from Gainesville's purchase of the old Hall County jail in 2012, and the subsequent exodus of the Corrections Corp. of America the following year, has left the city treading water on the debt payments it owes.

June 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves 2015 fiscal year budget

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $30.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which includes no tax increases.

June 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville set to approve budget tonight

Little debate, and no opposition from officials, is likely when Gainesville City Council meets today to vote on the $30.3 million 2015 fiscal year budget.

June 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula adopts 2015 budget

Lula City Council unanimously adopted an $808,000 general fund budget for the 2015 fiscal year Monday night, pumping an additional $27,000 into improving local parks.

June 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville eyes $43.5 million in SPLOST projects

As Hall County voters ponder the prospect of approving a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, this fall, local government officials have worked behind the scenes to develop a "wish list" of projects to be funded.

June 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall's wish list for sales tax to include sewer, roads

As Hall County moves forward on gathering public comment for a seventh special purpose local option sales tax, departments are also preparing their own wish lists.

June 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Used car dealership vying for county's approval

The Hall County Planning Commission will consider Monday whether to recommend approval for opening a used car dealership on Browns Bridge Road.

June 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County now proposing $90.6 million budget

Hall County officials are now considering a $90.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, a 4 percent increase over the adopted 2014 budget, and down from about $92 million just a few weeks ago.

June 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plumbing contract dispute boils over in Hall County

The Hall County Board of Commissioners tonight will likely award annual contracts for electrical, elevator and heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair services without debate.

June 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ellis may not qualify for Hall County Board of Commissioners race

Steven Ellis is quietly running out of time to qualify as an independent candidate for the District 3 Hall County Board of Commissioners race this year against incumbent Republican Scott Gibbs.

June 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


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


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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