With the introduction of Gainesville's first elected mayor in 2014, the dynamics on the City Council shifted, playing out in several crucial and controversial votes.
State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, was named Tuesday as Gov. Nathan Deal's senior floor leader in the upcoming 2015 legislative session.
Growth in retail, housing permits and jobs marked a turnaround for the local economy in 2014, according to a year-in-review report issued Monday by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Certain industries seem inherently fraught with political controversy. Big oil. Big pharma. Big government.
"I think I was seen as an outsider," said former Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz. "And I really ran as an outsider."
As the rain pooled beneath the Queen City bridge in the chilly mist of Wednesday morning, a few homeless men scrambled to move couches, tables, a barrel fire and personal items to higher ground.
New federal mandates set to take effect Jan. 1 will likely increase the number of severe workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers, and the impact will be felt by some area businesses and industries previously exempt from maintaining logs about on-the-job accidents.
The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.
A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.
When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.
When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.
The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.
After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Funding to improve Flat Creek's water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a "monumental" agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
With new commercial development picking up across Gainesville in the early months of the year, one project has seen change-after-change on its path toward approval.
Since 2009, nearly 60 abandoned or foreclosed homes in Hall County have been purchased, renovated and sold to low-income families under the federal grant-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.
The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.
A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.
A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.
As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.
Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.
Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.
With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.
Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.
The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.
After snow flurries fell amid trees and power lines still encased in ice Wednesday, local officials began preparing for more wintry weather this weekend.