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Home donation adds to Family Promise’s mission

A modular show home will be in the hands of Family Promise of Hall County, and ready to serve as a transitional shelter for homeless parents and children moving from the streets to self-reliance, after its appearance at an international event in Florida this January.

November 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville signs off on funding construction costs for office, warehouse facility

Gainesville City Council signed off Tuesday on $42,000 in tax allocation district funding to cover some construction costs for a 5,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility on Maple Street.

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves funding for youth sports complex

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday approved funding for the design of a youth sports complex, tapping about $450,000 in impact fee revenue (which comes from new construction fees).

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville OKs insurance building purchase

The Gainesville City Council on Tuesday approved the $1.63 million bond terms for the city's purchase of the Turner, Wood & Smith building to make way for a possible new parking deck downtown.

November 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Astronomy professor weighs in as supermoon makes rare appearance

The brightest moon in almost 69 years lit up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe on Sunday and Monday nights, including at the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus.

November 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election sets Hall County voter turnout record

Turnout in Hall County for this year's presidential election beat a high set in 2008, with about 78.5 percent of voters casting ballots compared with about 76 percent when President Barack Obama first took the White House.

November 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More Gainesville homeless camps to be cleared Monday

The campfire smoke blows through in gusts as eggs boil over an open flame. It's the first meal of the day for the few homeless who live here, a hollow in the woods bordered by railroad tracks, a church and a residential neighborhood.

November 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Youth sports complex to get initial funding

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to approve funding for the design of a youth sports complex when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex.

November 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voters reject study on county-city government merger

Hall voters narrowly defeated a ballot referendum asking if they supported a study on the cost and feasibility of merging local county and municipal governments.

November 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dunahoo retains state House seat

State Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville, has been elected to a third full term to the Georgia General Assembly, besting his opponent, Democrat Michelle Jones, 74.01 percent to 25.86 percent on Election Day.

November 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stowe wins re-election to Hall Commission

Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe, a Republican, has won re-election, beating challenger Democrat Angela Middleton 58.41 percent to 41.45 percent.

November 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bledson indicted in Gainesville man’s death

A suspect was indicted on malice murder and felony murder charges Monday morning in the September shooting death of a Gainesville man.

November 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Court quashes warrant to inspect poultry plant

A U.S. District Court judge has thrown out a warrant obtained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for worker-safety violations.

November 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final family to leave Atlanta Street faces area housing shortage

The last family to leave the Atlanta Street public housing complex in Gainesville is struggling with the same challenges that the first family to relocate encountered: a lack of affordable housing in the city.

November 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voters turn out early in record numbers in Hall, Georgia

Whether they voted for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton - or even Mickey Mouse - early voters in Hall County expressed a kind of joyous relief at the polls on Friday about nearing the end of a presidential election that has been as bitter and outrageous as any in recent memory.

November 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Gainesville to reopen its public housing waiting list

The Gainesville Housing Authority is reopening its waiting list for public housing in February.

January 22, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area women join worldwide marches against new administration

Wearing pink, pointy-eared hats to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets in the nation's capital ...

January 21, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch residents in D.C. for inauguration not deterred by protesters

For Flowery Branch residents Ben and Jessica Frye the inauguration of President Donald Trump was a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth family honored to witness inauguration in D.C.

Though the atmosphere at Friday's presidential inauguration was subdued, even solemn, the joy experienced by the O'Neal family, who live in Forsyth County ...

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pattillo continues development in Hall despite recent contract termination

A purchase and sales agreement for the Gainesville Business Park has been terminated at the request of the developer, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate's holding ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Development authority extends Glades lease

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has extended a lease management agreement between the agency, Hall County government and Glade Farm LLC while an ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deshaun Watson Drive coming soon

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has given its OK to renaming Touchdown Drive outside Gainesville High School to Deshaun Watson Drive.

January 17, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


March honors, seeks to continue work of Martin Luther King Jr.

With each passing year the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday takes on an urgent new meaning.

January 16, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino immigrants seek to maintain heritage while thriving in US

For young Latino immigrants in Gainesville and Hall County, there is a growing sense that they are standing on the threshold of a shift so ...

January 15, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Black business brunch highlights minority entrepreneurs

From the Newtown neighborhood to Morningside Heights, black-owned businesses have a long, proud history in Gainesville.

January 14, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends hopes to benefit as Deal eyes funding for early child care

One little boy smiles and makes eye contact with anyone who calls his name, blows kisses to his teacher and happily munches his lunch of ...

January 12, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal keeping focus on school fixes after defeat at ballot

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state ...

January 11, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates still want elder abuse registry

The Georgia Council on Aging is once again pushing for state lawmakers to expand an elder abuser registry, and it's one of five critical ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative study committees tackle prescription drug abuse, music incentives, internet access

Legislation is emerging from several study committees formed last year by state lawmakers looking to address a drug epidemic and economic development in Georgia, and ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kim Copeland named new chairman of Hall Democrats

Kim Copeland was voted the new chairman of the Hall County Democratic Party on Monday night. He replaces Sheila Nicholas in the top post. Nicholas ...

January 09, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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