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Cannabis oil offers local mom, son, a new life

Hawk's gray eyes sometimes change from a light green to a slate blue as if reflecting his mood.

July 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville councilwoman Figueras could still be contender

When Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras, long the lone African-American representative among the city's elected leadership, announced last month that she would retire and not seek re-election to another four-year term this fall, it seemed like the beginning of the end of an era.

July 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech relocation search now in hands of state officials

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College within Hall County is now in the hands of state officials, and it is hoped that final acquisition of property to build a new campus will occur no later than early 2016.

July 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local GOP, Gainesville City Council push back on calls to change electoral system

Local Republicans and Gainesville City Council members pushed back at a public meeting Tuesday against calls to change the city's voting process, highlighting what has become a contentious campaign issue ahead of elections this fall.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city attorney plans to retire

Gainesville City Attorney James "Bubba" Palmour announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year and not seek reappointment for 2016.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court ruling on sign restrictions plays out in Hall

Hall County will issue a moratorium Thursday on sign permits after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upended restrictions on some local government ordinances that ostensibly curtail free speech rights.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Confederate flag stirs reactions with area residents

Riding his bicycle down a sidewalk along Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville last week, the Confederate battle flag flying from the handlebars and flapping with the momentum of his speed, John Phillip Chandler, a young white man, neared two African-American men waiting for a bus to arrive.

July 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Property tax: Will you pay more or less?

Few things are as continually contentious in Hall County as reassessments on property values. The issue flared up again last month as the Board of Commissioners debated a budget for the 2016 fiscal year and a possible tax increase.

July 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DNR receives grant to monitor bat disease

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been awarded nearly $25,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand research and monitoring of a deadly disease affecting bat populations that may have habitat in Hall County.

July 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Drivers worry how new gas tax will be used

Motorists in Gainesville on Wednesday expressed mixed reactions to the new 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, with some surprised to learn they'll now be paying more at the pump.

July 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Law agency seeks medication for drug overdoses

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is training its officers to administer a medication that reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses.

August 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health law fees hitting Hall County hard

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but it's come with a price tag that Hall County government is helping ...

August 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves funding for Olympic Venue, fireworks ordinance

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved the allocation of $300,000 in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trash trap for Flat Creek aims to improve water quality

Gainesville and Hall County are looking to partner on purchasing a litter trap for Flat Creek, one of the most polluted streams in the region ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emory Turner brings competition to Ward 2 Gainesville council race

Emory Turner has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 2 seat currently held by Bob Hamrick.

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considering tax increase to pay off jail debt

Gainesville officials are proposing a slight tax increase to pay off debt on the old Hall County jail the city purchased in 2012, as well ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Access remains tricky as more patients register for cannabis oil

It's one thing to legally possess cannabis oil for the treatment of eight approved medical conditions. It's another thing to acquire it in ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Negotiations for Gateway land underway

Negotiations to sell a prized lot at the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 are moving swiftly, with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority ...

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Treatment Center responds to fine, DEA oversight

Administrators of a Gainesville narcotic treatment program responded Wednesday to concerns that methadone was leaving the door unchecked.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New restrictions on fireworks coming to Gainesville, Hall

Now that fireworks are legal in Georgia, Hall County is moving to prohibit shooting them off in local parks.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system stifled on passport program

The Hall County Library System has been "stonewalled" by federal officials in its effort to launch a passport program.

August 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race

André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Another candidate emerges in Gainesville Ward 3 council race

Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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