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Hall officials dig into 2017 budget

The final weeks of May are always anxious days for Hall County officials as they prepare for the home stretch of the annual budget process.

May 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bus shelter art project gets OK from Gainesville City Council

City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to Hall Area Transit's plan to begin displaying works of art on or around Gainesville Connection bus shelters by August.

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Airport Parkway changes approved by Gainesville council

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday OK'd final changes to improve traffic flow along Airport Parkway and alleviate congestion.

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville signs off on Atlanta Street housing redevelopment

Gainesville City Council gave the final sign-off Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable and market-rate units.

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ledan/Sardis roundabout spotlights trend in traffic relief

It's fair to say the roundabout is catching on.

May 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Data puts parts of Gainesville at top threat level for lead poisoning

The painters are brushing up as Melvean Strickland looks over the renovation of her family's home in the historic Newtown neighborhood of Gainesville.

May 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No tax increase in proposed $33.5 million Gainesville budget

Gainesville City Council will consider approving a $33.5 million budget when it meets in June that includes no tax increases or water/sewer rate hikes.

May 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area homeless agency board members quit as same-sex couple applies

Half the members resigned last week from the board of a local nonprofit that pairs homeless families with church hosts just as a same-sex couple was being welcomed into the program.

May 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Source of robocalls targeting Stowe remain a mystery

Political robocalls were placed to Gainesville residents last week urging them to vote for incumbent Jeff Stowe in the Republican primary race this month for Hall County Commission District 4.

May 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall begins process of comprehensive plan update

It's time for Hall County to update its comprehensive plan to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are calling for the public's input to assess current conditions at a meeting today.

May 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidates share fiscal concerns in Senate District 50 race

John Wilkinson has been in state politics long enough to have seen the good and bad.

May 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Billy Powell, challenger Eugene Moon face off in rematch of close District 2 Hall Commission race

The Hall County Commission District 2 race between incumbent Billy Powell and challenger Eugene Moon is a rematch of a 2012 contest that saw Powell win by a little more than 200 votes.

May 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council OKs Atlanta Street rezoning

Gainesville City Council gave the first go-ahead Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable and market-rate units.

May 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local lawmakers voice understanding but disappointment in Deal's campus carry veto

Gov. Nathan Deal has blocked a push to allow anyone with a permit to carry concealed handguns on Georgia campuses.

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stowe, Phillips in primary battle for County Commission District 4 seat

Incumbent Jeff Stowe will face Troy Phillips in the Hall County Commission District 4 Republican primary this month, with the winner facing Democratic challenger Angela Middleton in the November general election.

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Summer heat puts strain on air conditioning in area

Cathy Rell's new apartment in Gainesville didn't have a working air conditioner when she moved in last year.

July 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell brings criminal justice forum to Democratic Convention

As a black Republican, Gainesville attorney and former Hall County commissioner, Ashley Bell is in a unique position to address criminal justice reform - which has ...

July 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall political observers weigh in on Democratic Convention's shaky start

Hillary Clinton's campaign sought to squelch a political firestorm over hacked emails that deepened dissent among Bernie Sanders' loyal supporters, turning to some of ...

July 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall wage report shows growing fortunes for workers

The good news for local workers is that 88 percent of companies surveyed for an annual report say they intend to give wage and benefit ...

July 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study shows medical marijuana lowers costs, painkiller use

Research has linked medical marijuana with a decrease in the abuse of painkillers, and now a University of Georgia study has spotlighted the potential cost ...

July 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Bell works to bring criminal justice reform to GOP convention

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell is on a mission to make the Republican Party more responsive to issues of social justice and criminal justice reform, and ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trump is now official Republican nominee

With supporters and protesters squaring off in the streets, and despite flurries of dissent on the convention floor, Donald Trump formally secured the Republican nomination ...

July 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


U.S. Rep. Collins: ‘There’s no fear here’ at Republican convention

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is trying not to let the distractions get to him this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

July 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Silt buildup, aging pipes threaten Lake Knickerbocker

From the back of his truck, Randy Askea navigates an electric, four-wheeled vehicle with an attached camera through a decades-old pipe running under an earthen ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unmarked African-American graves are lost in time

Perhaps nowhere is the lost history of Gainesville's African-American community more obvious than in the 1,148 unmarked graves recently identified at the Alta ...

July 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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 ...

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 ...

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


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