With the holiday shopping season gearing up in November, local employers created new jobs and laid off fewer workers to help lower the Gainesville metropolitan area jobless rate to 4.1 percent - the lowest in the state.
The stakes are high as Gainesville, Hall County and other local governments prepare for negotiations in 2017 over who delivers various services to local residents, such as public safety, water and road maintenance, and how these services are managed.
The legacy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is profound. Now, Gainesville resident Jeffrey Williams is hoping to relaunch a local chapter to fight for civil rights for a new generation of African-Americans.
As volunteers sort through men's and women's clothing, from jeans to jackets to sweaters and scarves, the Rev. Victor Lamar Johnson of the Veterans & Community Outreach Foundation looks on with a sly grin.