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Reception honors longtime Gainesville public servants

It was time for thanks and appreciation, reflection and farewell.

December 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Barbara Brooks wins Gainesville Ward 3 City Council runoff

Barbara Brooks has beaten Andre Cheek in Tuesday's runoff for the Ward 3 Gainesville City Council seat.

December 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council votes down 'rain tax'

Gainesville City Council voted down the implementation of a "rain tax" Tuesday night by a 3-2 vote after protests from residents and business owners in recent days.

December 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Opposition grows as Gainesville Council set to vote on 'rain tax'

Some Gainesville residents and business leaders are speaking out against the city's plan to implement a "rain tax" to pay for repairs and upgrades to stormwater drainage infrastructure.

November 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Don’t forget, Gainesville council runoff is Tuesday

Just 123 ballots were cast during early voting for Gainesville's Ward 3 City Council runoff on Dec. 1.

November 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cleanup under the bridge fosters fellowship among volunteers, homeless

Standing atop a pile of ruined, waterlogged mattresses stuffed into a big dumpster gave Hines a new perspective on the devastation that recently visited the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville.

November 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Retailers relish profit-making sales on Black Friday

Perhaps it was the long operating hours and crazed early-morning shoppers that prompted REI, the venerable outdoor retailer, to close all its stores today in a kind of Black Friday rebellion.

November 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Thrift stores offer holiday deals for savvy shoppers, low-income families

Sandy Phelps has a tradition all her own this holiday season, and it was on full display at Park Avenue Thrift in Gainesville this week.

November 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Food programs help families make ends meet

Brenda Vargas is thankful today that two of her children who attend Fair Street Elementary in Gainesville receive free lunches every school day.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Homeless camp cleanup set for Friday

Bring your boots and gloves because Mother Nature has played dirty with the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville.

November 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water waste law targets irresponsible users

Wasting water will no longer be just an ethical problem in Gainesville.

November 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville closer to implementing 'rain tax'

All this recent rain must be on the minds of Gainesville officials.

November 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville plans to begin 'rain tax' in 2017

Gainesville taxpayers will soon need to budget for a new expense.

November 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville downtown plan includes ‘park ‘n slide,’ chicken jokes and mixed-use development

Imagine this: You've parked your car on the top floor of the courthouse parking deck in downtown Gainesville. The elevator is running slow and you don't care to take the stairs three flights to the ground level.

November 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water damage creates hazard at East Hall gym

Justin Pressley hadn't noticed that a corner section of one basketball court at the East Hall Community Center was rotted and bowed after a leak in the gym warped the wood.

November 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

February 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

Georgia no longer requires the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall County to meet the state's water supply needs through 2050, according to the ...

February 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Parks, commercial development and safe streets have long been needs for Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods, where residents often feel underserved by government and community services.

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Plans to demolish a historic building in downtown Dahlonega and build an upscale, boutique hotel in its place can now move forward after the City ...

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system now offering passport service

The close location and helpful assistance made life easy for Lindsey White and her two children on Monday as they applied for passports ahead of ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Immigrant students can’t sue state agency over tuition

The state's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of students who were brought to the United States illegally as children and want ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

The affordable housing crunch in Hall County is not unique to renters.

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

A lack of affordable, quality housing in Gainesville and Hall County and its effects on the area economy and residents' quality of life are issues ...

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia’s middle class is shrinking, Pew report shows

Job losses, wage cuts and underemployment during the recession have taken a very specific toll on the nation's middle class.

January 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Better coordinated services may help curb growing homeless population

A renewed focus on homelessness in Gainesville comes just as the population of those living on the streets grows beyond the resources available to serve ...

January 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State House, Senate split on new medical cannabis bill

With hearings kicking off this week in the state legislature over a proposed bill to allow the in-state cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, the ...

January 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tourism industry at record levels in Hall

The economic impact of Hall County's tourism industry reached a record high of $282.9 million in 2014, according to the most recent report ...

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minority neighborhoods exist along clear lines in Hall

The streets are narrow in some of Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods. There are no traffic lights there, only stop signs and railroad crossings and dump ...

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public housing provides affordable homes, but hard environment

Public housing can seem like both a blessing and a curse to those who call the projects home.

January 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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