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Where Gainesville's homeless and downtrodden find community

Tom Lord, always dressed in his coat, beanie cap and two-toned glasses, can be found at the Good News at Noon shelter in Gainesville every day when lunch is served.

December 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

It's a testament to the depth of the need that even at this time of year local social service agencies remain looking for volunteers.

December 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meeting sets stage for January homeless count

There's no one description that best encapsulates who is considered homeless.

December 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rate of jobless in Hall declines to 4.1 percent in November

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.

December 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job fair set for Jan. 10 in Oakwood

For many residents of Hall County, a new job with better pay would be a nice gift to kick off 2017.

December 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to update to comprehensive plan to prepare for growth

When the little things add up, it's time for an update.

December 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cities, Hall County prepare to divvy up services

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.

December 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Civil rights activist hopes to relaunch local Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter

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.

December 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mecum hailed as ‘true public servant’ as he leaves Hall Board of Commissioners chairman role

Richard Mecum's long career in public service is coming to a close. Or so he thinks.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Winter coat drives, donations serve local homeless

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.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cultural stigmas challenge local Latinos seeking mental health care

Stigmas about mental illness erect costly barriers to treatment for individuals among all demographics in the United States.

December 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Breakfield sworn in as state court judge

Gainesville attorney John Breakfield was sworn in Friday as the new Hall County State Court judge.

December 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia pharmacists given OK to dispense anti-overdose drug

Local pharmacies are waiting on additional recommendations from the state but plan to stock and dispense over-the-counter a lifesaving drug used to reverse prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

December 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New year could bring more of same issues at Georgia General Assembly

When it comes to the 2017 state legislative session, "carryover" is the operative word.

December 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau live music series ‘Sofa Sessions’ ending

"The Sofa Sessions," a renowned series of intimate gatherings for local musicians at Brenau University hosted by famed songwriter and Gainesville-bred Bruce Burch, is coming to a close.

December 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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