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Additional Ahaluna annexation moving forward

Gainesville is moving forward with annexing property along Ahaluna Drive, a result of an agreement with Hall County to avoid litigation, after the Planning and Appeals Board signed off on the proposal Tuesday night.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST citizens committee taking shape

Six members of a nine-member citizens committee charged with overseeing how a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent have been nominated.

May 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County workers may get pay hikes next year

Though there appears to be little appetite for new programs or hiring, Hall County officials are coming to a consensus on giving employees a cost of living adjustment, merit increase or some other pay hike in the next budget.

May 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


At-large voting resurfaces as campaign issue in upcoming council elections

Challenges to Gainesville's at-large voting system emerged in earnest a quarter-century ago, with fervor about the issue coming and going with election seasons.

May 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council sets tax rates, moving forward on budget

Gainesville City Council unanimously OK'd property tax rates for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, at its meeting Tuesday night.

May 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GMRC workforce development helps local students

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission reports that a record 419 individuals toured its mobile workforce development units, which resemble tour buses and provide career assessments, resume building and job searching, among other services, across Northeast Georgia in March.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council increasing per diem meeting pay

The Gainesville City Council is increasing its per diem meeting attendance pay to $150 from $125, and increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month to 12 from 10.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestnut Mountain land offered to Lanier Tech for relocation

A potential site for the relocation of Lanier Technical College has been identified in the Chestnut Mountain area.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville cap on tow truck charges means stranded drivers in Hall face sticker shock

If your car is towed after breaking down, following an accident or because of a traffic or major criminal violation of the law, it will likely cost less within the Gainesville city limits than anywhere else in Hall County.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech seeks room to grow at new location

Within a matter of months, relocation of the Lanier Technical College campus in Oakwood to another site in Hall County became more than just an idea, with $10 million allocated in the state budget for design and land acquisition costs.

May 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville pushing ahead with “rain tax”

Gainesville officials are pushing forward with a plan to create a stormwater utility and implement a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

May 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Gainesville budget includes no tax increase

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to adopt its fiscal year 2016 budget of $30.7 million and will hold a public hearing on the spending plan when it meets Tuesday night.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


War still resonates with local Vietnamese-American family on 40th anniversary

It didn't even register to Hoang Nguyen that today marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall settles for $55K in suit against former jailer

Hall County and other parties have agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit against a former Sheriff's Office deputy accused of punching a handcuffed inmate on the head in September 2012.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Threats to Lake Knickerbocker raise concerns about future

Silt washing into Lake Knickerbocker over the last 20 years has clogged an inlet so heavily homeowner David Gleason removed his dock some time ago.

April 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County OKs $93.6 million budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Thursday night to approve a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latinos, African-Americans to rally Monday to end at-large voting in Gainesville

Latino and African-American political organizers will meet Monday afternoon for what is being called a historic alliance to protest Gainesville's at-large voting system.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court upholds federal insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive federal tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance in a ruling Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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