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Olympic Park tower sign will dim, turn off earlier

It's like something out of a "Seinfeld" episode, where a bright red light from a Kenny Rogers chicken joint shines day and night through apartment windows, leaving residents sleepless.

July 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Green Street study reveals difficulty of widening, redesigning road

More than 33,000 automobiles travel up and down historic Green Street in Gainesville each day, and heavy trucks account for 16 percent of all traffic, about double the statewide average on similar roads.

July 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mental health program for families adopts Spanish-language model

It is said that the mentally ill often suffer in silence.

July 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Some Hall Democrats still cool to Clinton despite Sanders' backing

Hall County Democrats responded with mixed emotions after Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, with some ready to back the presumptive nominee for president and others looking elsewhere despite the prospect of a Trump administration.

July 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sunday blue law to remain despite Lula alcohol changes

Lula officials are moving closer to placing a referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether they want to approve changes to the city's alcohol ordinance, including allowing farm wineries, permitting new retail stores and potential liquor sales.

July 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocate: Homeless in Hall ‘are a part of us’

Hall County resident Carol Werner knows what it's like to lose everything.

July 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New approach to decades-old rule could hurt affordable housing efforts

Harold Kilgore maneuvers the excavator expertly behind a home under construction in Flowery Branch's Misty Harbor subdivision, near Lake Lanier, digging deep into the Georgia-brown earth where a septic tank will be placed.

June 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group proposes rules for holding convention to amend Constitution

States have long passed their own measures calling for amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

June 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Mental health care in short supply in Hall, Northeast Georgia

Mental health care providers are in short supply across Northeast Georgia, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino voter registration grows in Hall, state

Hall County resident Julio Hernandez is one of thousands of Latinos in the state who cast a ballot for the first time in the May primaries.

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials approve 2017 budget including raises, bonuses

About $1.8 million has been set aside for employee raises and bonuses in the 2017 budget Hall County commissioners approved on Monday.

June 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials to vote on 2017 budget proposal Monday

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on a proposed 2017 fiscal year budget that includes no property tax increases and earmarks money for employee raises.

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jubilee Farm community garden provides food to homeless, hungry

It took some time for Jubilee Farm, a community garden located at the corner of Davis and Pine streets in the industrial area of Gainesville, to begin sprouting.

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Jason Everett can barely stand to look at the jail in midtown Gainesville, but it's hard not to notice on his way to work.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County is facing further court action in a dispute over bonds that were issued to pay for sidewalks in three subdivisions.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


City leaders oppose Hall push for consolidation

Officials in cities across Hall County appear universally opposed to plans to study merging local governments.

August 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST revenues exceed projections in first year

With nearly $30 million in revenues collected in the first year of a special purpose local option sales tax, Hall County officials said they remain ...

August 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


OSHA continues legal fight to inspect local poultry plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pushing back against a local judge's recommendation to deny the agency a warrant to inspect the Mar-Jac ...

August 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Young leaders seek to shape Hall, state politics in future

There's something in the air. So they'll tell you.

August 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Collins and IRS trade letters of complaint

Staffing shortages at a local tax office have prompted a bit of a tit-for-tat between U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, and the Internal Revenue ...

August 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Food stamp losses slow in Hall, pick up in neighboring counties

The number of Hall County residents losing food stamp benefits after the reinstatement of a work requirement has leveled off this summer, but Georgia is ...

August 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family fun day aims to bring awareness of homelessness

If Deondre Williams had his way, every community in the country would hear his message about homelessness.

August 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Groups seek flexibility after changes in septic permitting

Harold Kilgore wants options. That was his message to the Hall County Board of Health on Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former state Rep. Carl Rogers joins Lanier Tech

Former state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is now the vice president of economic development at Lanier Technical College.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Hall fire hydrants out of service since January; Gainesville officials working on solutions

A fire that destroyed a home in North Hall last week has left local government officials looking to calm fears about the risk to other ...

August 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newtown Day unites Gainesville's traditional African-American community

Aaron Christopher said he and his basketball teammates play "for love of the game."

August 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Privacy breach at Athens clinic gives pause to local providers

Local health care providers said they have taken note of a data breach at a clinic in Athens that exposed the private information and medical ...

August 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to acquire insurance office for future downtown parking deck

Gainesville officials are looking to spend about $1.52 million to acquire a property along a central downtown corridor, with a parking lot in mind ...

August 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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