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Hall commissioners narrowly approve website redesign contract

What was expected to be a routine vote Thursday to approve a contract for redesigning the Hall County website turned into a spirited debate among the Board of Commissioners about the wise use of taxpayer dollars.

May 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall races still in dispute

Tuesday's primary election proved, if nothing else, that South Hall remains the political hotbed of the county.

May 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County public works seeks increases in budget

The Hall County Public Works department is looking to increase its budget for all general fund divisions - road maintenance, fleet maintenance and engineering – in the 2015 fiscal year.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cooper may squeeze onto Hall Board of Commissioners

Kathy Cooper may have just inched past by her opponent to win office as the next District 1 representative on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Collins easily wins Republican nomination to U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is one step closer to returning to the nation's capital for another two-year term after defeating challenger Bernard Fontaine on Tuesday in the 9th District Republican primary.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Lanier Plaza redevelopment

The Gainesville City Council gave the last word Tuesday on controversial plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout slow as Primary Day arrives

An orange 18-wheeler carrying precious cargo could be seen traversing Hall County thoroughfares Monday, making stop after stop and delivery after delivery in preparation for today's primary.

May 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII: Officials project $130M in revenue

$130 million. That's the initial revenue projection for a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales taxes, or SPLOST VII, given to local government officials during a meeting Monday in Gainesville.

May 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County website redesign to cost $78,000

In recent weeks, Hall County unveiled a new logo and slogan as part of a rebranding and marketing campaign.

May 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials weigh in on SPLOST hopes

Revenue projections for a new round of special purpose local option sales taxes will be unveiled today when local government officials gather for the first in a series of meetings to identify funding priorities.

May 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Will voters turn out for Tuesday's primary?

Voter turnout is a concern each and every election cycle, particularly in primary races when interest lags.

May 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Development Authority to review bond terms for Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority will meet again next month to discuss financing details for about $8 million in campus construction projects at Brenau University.

May 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall sheriff requests 20 new patrol cars

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch has requested 20 new patrol cars and a new server to manage surveillance operations at the jail, two of the biggest funding priorities in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Leaders ponder putting community garden in midtown Gainesville

The fad of urban community gardens has become a bona fide trend in recent years, spreading from New York City rooftops to Los Angeles' suburban streets.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Handel works to woo voters in Gainesville

The race for the Republican nomination for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat continues to heat up in the closing days before the primary, and candidates have made Gainesville a target of their get-out-the-vote efforts.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves road project for Chicopee Mill

Gainesville City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for a road construction project in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire rating may lower insurance in Hall County

An improved insurance rating for Hall County Fire Services could spell financial relief for some residents, according to county officials.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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