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Delay of Glades Reservoir report proving costly to Hall County

The latest delay of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Glades Reservoir will likely cost Hall County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Churches weigh OKing guns on premises

Churchgoers in Gainesville remain divided about the state's sweeping new gun law that took effect July 1.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unfunded state mandates concern Hall officials

In the debate leading to the Hall County Board of Commissioners approving a $90.27 million spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year last month, little attention was given to how much unfunded state mandates would impact the budget.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire burns waste and recycling yard

Gainesville and Hall County firefighters battled a debris blaze Sunday afternoon at the Gainesville Waste and Recycling yard on Old County Dump Road.

July 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades

The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost of freedom: Families sacrifice as loved ones serve

The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter working in factories and keeping the country's economic engine running while young men fought overseas in World War II remains a staple of American lore.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to get $1 million for housing project

Gainesville has accepted a $1 million grant from the state to build affordable homes in the city.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sales tax vote may be pushed back to spring

Local government officials are considering delaying a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax from this fall to spring 2015.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront property tax appeals below forecast

Lakefront homeowners across Hall County have vowed in recent weeks to appeal the latest reassessments on their property, and now the final tally is in.

July 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first OK to assisted living facility, home development

Gainesville City Council approved a zoning amendment Tuesday that will allow developer John Roberts to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Locals reflect on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson declared "all men are created equal."

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII revenue eyed to fund unfulfilled budget requests

Hall County's "wish list" of projects and equipment to fund through a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, keeps growing.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voter ID laws still a source of controversy

Have voter identification laws helped stamp out fraud and other polling irregularities, or were there never such problems to begin with?

June 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tag, you’re not it: Some vanity plates don’t make the cut

America, if nothing else, is rooted in car culture.

June 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax appeals could alter Hall County budget

Hall County may have to adjust its revenue projections and general fund budget once appeals of property assessments conclude in a few months.

June 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


One man hopes to make Gainesville a craft beer haven

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft brewing industry.

August 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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