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Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hall Chairman Mecum: State of the county is 'very good'

The growth is coming from the south, but will the money come from there, too?

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia lawmakers working out kinks in cannabis oil bill

While regulations governing the production and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are now absent from proposed medical marijuana legislation, state lawmakers are pushing forward with remedies to the problem.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Will cannabis oil be made available for more patients?

Lawmakers have made the case for medical marijuana over the past year by limiting the number of patients who can legally possess and use the drug to the families of children with seizure disorders.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes likely coming to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance

Gainesville City Council will vote when it meets Tuesday on several proposed changes to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses and mirror state regulations.

January 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements - including runoff protection fencing and road preparation - are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials remain skeptical of drive-thru proposal

Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials skeptical of drive-thru proposal

The Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

January 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it's only small relief for many of Hall County's homeless.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cagle: Education drives Ga. economy as 'great equalizer'

In his speech at the state Capitol prior to the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle talked a lot about moral responsibility.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

January 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County commissioners change policy to open work to retirees

Hall County officials have made a policy change that will allow some retirees to continue working part time while also collecting pensions.

January 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County reviewing Gateway Centre marketing plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to sign off tonight on an updated marketing plan for the Gateway Industrial Centre in hopes the business park is finally ready for build-out.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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