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Gainesville High students aim to help homeless with 'tiny homes'

There are an estimated 200 or more homeless individuals in and around Gainesville, according to local officials and nonprofit agencies, a glaring total for a community of its size.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Religious liberty’ bill debate: Protecting rights or ‘veiling discrimination’?

The "religious liberty" bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature or veto is confusing and controversial to some, and clear and righteous to others.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County expanding program to rehab vacant homes, blighted properties

Hall County officials are expanding the target area of a federally funded housing rehabilitation program to increase the supply of affordable homes for low-income families in unincorporated communities, including in the northern and western parts of the county.

March 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Buford Corn Maze, Buffington Farm Road subdivision up for Hall zoning approval

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote tonight on several rezoning requests that, if approved, would expand business in South Hall and add a new subdivision off Buffington Farm Road.

March 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlas Pizza staying put in square

Atlas Pizza will not be moving off the downtown Gainesville square after all.

March 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hearing will determine if Jeffrey Sosebee can run for Hall County sheriff

The Hall County Elections Board will meet Friday to determine if Jeffrey Sosebee is eligible to run for sheriff.

March 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Families willing to break law to acquire medical marijuana

Civil disobedience is as American as baseball, but the writer Henry David Thoreau could never have imagined what issues would inspire such symbolic acts come the 21st century.

March 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall housing market strong, but challenges lie ahead

The housing market can be a blessing and a curse. Homeowners know this. So, too, do those looking to buy, rent or lease.

March 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Families swear by cannabis oil’s effect, but legislation to expand it in Georgia stalls

Proposals to expand the use, cultivation and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are on life support as the state legislature enters its final week of action for 2016.

March 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habitat for Humanity of Hall County dedicates first 2 homes in subdivision

It's not a proper Habitat for Humanity of Hall County dedication if no one is there to witness it.

March 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The culture of shots fired, mouths shut on Atlanta Street

Tricia Sowell's children were sleeping in the front room of their home when gunshots pierced the night on March 6 in Gainesville.

March 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Angela Middleton brings a Democrat to Hall County commission race

Angela Middleton, a Democrat and Gainesville native, will face the winner of the Republican primary for the District 4 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners this November.

March 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Digital billboards in Gainesville back under consideration

Gainesville is once again considering allowing digital billboards to be erected within the city limits.

March 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street residents prepare to relocate as redevelopment nears

Atlanta Street's days as an incubator for violent crime and drug use in Gainesville are numbered.

March 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal subsidy aims to open up Internet to more families

The Federal Communications Commission will vote this month on a proposal to offer $9.25 a month to qualifying low-income families to help them purchase Internet service.

March 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hall candidate forum focuses on minority community's concerns

African-American residents of the Newtown and Fair Street neighborhoods on Gainesville's south side have long felt left out of the economic fortunes of the ...

May 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Elder registry expansion targets in-home nurses to weed out abuse

Georgia is expanding its nurse aide registry, which catalogues incidents of abuse and neglect of elderly patients, to include home health care providers.

May 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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