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Library feels pinch from lack of funding

Without increased public funding, the forecast is cloudy on what the future holds for Hall County Library System branches.

August 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville businesses eye sale of growlers

When Gainesville amended its alcohol ordinance a few months ago to allow the sale of growlers, a few local business owners saw an opportunity to catch the wave.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Subdivision developers postpone plans again

Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision straddling the Hall County and Gwinnett County line were sidelined again Monday when the planning commission tabled the proposal until next month.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont seeks green light for voting change

Clermont officials are waiting on state approval of proposed changes to the North Hall city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

August 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments work to control overtime

Hall County and Gainesville are finding most part-time workers now are complying with a new policy that limits the number of hours they can work each week.

August 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners save money by rejecting contract

Hall County is saving about $13,000 after officials changed their minds on a contract for concrete blocks to be used in construction of the new correctional institute.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Paddlers stir high hopes of reviving Olympic venue

The future of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue might be written in this week's USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County denies claims in damage suit

Hall County has denied allegations lodged by resident Don Stroud in a lawsuit seeking compensation for damage to his property.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rumors turn to facts: Wal-Mart grocery stores coming to Lanier Plaza, Lanier Commons

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville rejects bids for downtown development

Gainesville has rejected all bids to develop a mixed-use project near downtown along Jesse Jewell Parkway.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly formed visitors bureau lays foundation at 1st meeting

The board of directors of the newly formed Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement that will fund the city's new tourism arm.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall library furlough days hurt workers, patrons alike

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its 2015 fiscal year budget in June, the spending plan included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time county workers and called for no furlough days.

July 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Lost Generation' lives on thanks to literary greats

"You are all a lost generation."

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | More viewpoint stories


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Proposed Gainesville annexation concerns Hall officials, residents

Plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, has pitted city and county officials in another conflict over "island" properties.

September 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Longstreet Clinic hopes renovations improve customer service

The Longstreet Clinic has embarked on a series of renovations to better care for patients and has also expanded services and hours.

September 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Libertarian candidate for governor Hunt addresses UNG students

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sandra Deal addresses GOP voters

Republican voters swarmed the clubhouse Monday at the Village at Deaton Creek to welcome U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, his wife, Bonnie, first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal and State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looking to reduce employee pay periods

Hall County officials are looking to cut costs by reducing the number of pay periods for employees, but any change is now unlikely before January or February.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High-end subdivision planned near Dawsonville Highway

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America's Home Place, is looking to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision along Lake Lanier.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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