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Hall audit shows housing program running millions in deficits

Described as "very serious in nature," accounting deficiencies in a grant-funded housing program operated by Hall County were revealed Thursday night in an audit report to the Board of Commissioners.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's ire against transportation bill not dying down

Gainesville officials have prepared a resolution opposing a $1 billion state transportation bill, even as the plan continues to be revised in the Georgia General Assembly.

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council begins hearing 2016 budget requests

There are two major complicating factors as local governments prepare to dive into budget talks this year: Will voters approve a 1 percent sales tax to fund roads, building renovations and other infrastructure upgrades and how will a proposed $1 billion state transportation bill affect city and county revenues?

February 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Academy Sports coming to Gainesville

Academy Sports + Outdoors has ended speculation about what store will anchor a new retail development at the southeast corner of Dawsonville Highway and Ahaluna Drive.

February 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unemployment benefit disputes sometimes boil down to he said, she said

The process of determining who is eligible for unemployment benefits can seem arbitrary and ambiguous at times, particularly in the case of workers who are terminated with cause.

February 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House bill aims to open door for third parties

A bill in the state legislature proposes making it easier for third party and independent political candidates to get their names on the ballot in Georgia, but debate remains about just how far to lower the bar.

February 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lights, concessions, stands coming to city ballfield

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department is ready to bid out improvements to a ballfield that include lights, concessions, restrooms and spectator seating.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Distractions, demands echo through legislature in session at the state Capitol

ATLANTA - The steps to the entrance of the state Capitol in Atlanta aren't quite as inspiring as those Rocky triumphantly ascends, arms raised when he reaches the top, ready for the fight of his life. But they do stir a sense of anticipation about what could be.

February 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County budget on the upswing, officials say

The 2014 fiscal year ended on a positive financial note for Hall County government, according to a report officials delivered Friday.

February 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area officials object to transportation, federal grants bills

It's not everyday that Hall County and Gainesville officials come to an agreement, but their joint displeasure this week with two proposed bills in the state legislature united them.

February 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County wants to nix ‘politicized’ board that rules on disciplinary actions

Hall County officials have outlined a long and broad list of legislative priorities for state lawmakers to consider this year, including proposed changes to the Civil Service Board, local utility rates and franchise fees.

February 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State of city 'strong,' Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan says

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan delivered his state of the city address Tuesday night, promising 2015 will be brighter than 2014.

February 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves alcohol ordinance changes

Gainesville City Council has approved several changes to the city's alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses, streamline permitting, eliminate outdated restrictions and better align with state regulations.

February 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall planning commission OKs new agri-entertainment facility

The Hall County Planning Commission on Monday recommended approval of a new agri-entertainment venue in Gillsville and a rezoning in Braselton for an office and retail development.

February 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tourism promotion spotlights craft beer, culinary destinations in 2015

State and local tourism agencies are promoting North Georgia's culinary and drink destinations this year, with an eye on the emergence of growler bars and breweries.

February 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigating local tax return fraud

Gainesville police are investigating a man with a history of fraud charges in a possible scam to steal tax refunds from local clients.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Home reflects community spirit

For nonprofits, success often lies in defining a mission. Without a clear focus, it's easy to become stretched too thin.

April 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hotel, motel fee riles tourism, hospitality industry

Tourism industry leaders are fuming about the possible economic fallout of a new $5 per night fee on hotel/motel stays.

April 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board to review office space proposal for Thompson Bridge

The Thompson Bridge Road corridor shifts more and more in the direction of commercial enterprise with each passing year, the residential character evolving into a blend of homes, restaurants and retail stores.

April 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County sewer, road maintenance demands reflected in budget requests

The Hall County Public Works Department is comprised of several divisions, but residents are likely most familiar with road maintenance and the sewer utility, if only because that's what most affects their day-to-day lives.

April 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall tag office may reopen

A motor vehicle tag office in South Hall, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in 2011, could soon be resurrected if Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden gets her way.

April 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hamrick will seek another re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick, the longest-serving member, has announced that he will seek re-election this November.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services to increase personnel

With new growth and increasing demand, Hall County Fire Services Chief Jeff Hood said it's a good thing voters approved a 1 percent sales tax last month to fund infrastructure projects countywide.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council OKs brewery location

The Gainesville City Council gave the OK Tuesday for Left Nut Brewing Co. to open the city's first brewery in the Chicopee Mill industrial area off Atlanta Highway.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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