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Police increase training, community outreach in wake of deadly shootings

Local law enforcement has taken steps to improve relations with minority communities and increase training after a spate of deadly shootings between police officers and black men this past summer.

December 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


In wake of losing house to fire, Wilheit urges others to donate to less fortunate

In times of crisis, the mind has a way of slowing things down, part of the fight-or-flight instinct evolution has bred.

December 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County gets ‘clean opinion’ in annual audit

Hall County received a clean bill of health in its annual financial audit released Thursday.

December 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville makes Atlanta Street a grant priority instead of Myrtle Terraces

The apartment units along Atlanta Street have been gutted and the entire public housing complex is now fenced off.

December 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Heating assistance program full

About 400 residents in Hall County have already been approved for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter, but the demand has been so high that all available appointments are now filled.

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bilingual ballots in Gwinnett renew calls for same in Hall

Calls have renewed for Hall County to provide Spanish-language ballots for Latino voters after the U.S. Census Bureau applied a new designation to Gwinnett County this week that will require it to become the first county in the state to offer bilingual voting materials.

December 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula begins to shape new alcohol rules

Lula officials are working to figure out what the rules will be for restaurants selling liquor, beer and wine after the city's voters approved liquor sales by the drink.

November 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


House fire sparks dispute over access to water

A Monday night fire that destroyed the family home of a prominent local businessman has reignited a dispute between some Hall County and Gainesville officials over access to water and how to provide it for a growing populace.

November 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election’s impact: Uncertainty for many, optimism for others, activism for all

Many liberals and conservatives have found common ground in one respect after Donald Trump's victory: uncertainty about how the president-elect's administration will shake out.

November 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tatsumi to expand at Gateway Center, add 112K square foot facility

The Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall continues to fill in with the recent announcement that Tatsumi Intermodal USA is expanding its operations with a new 112,000-square-foot logistics facility at the business park.

November 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Slow progress made to address affordable housing shortage

There's nothing quite like seeing a project come to fruition.

November 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man joining program to transition from homelessness to housing, work

When Tony Rhodes planted a cross into the ground in a patch of woods behind the Tire Barn in Gainesville where he had camped, it was like a dagger stuck in the heart of his old life.

November 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Grant program to help repair aging homes called a‘godsend’

Johnny Harris once hunted deer and rabbit and squirrel in the dense forests behind the home he has shared with his wife, Mattie, since it was first built in Morningside Heights on Gainesville's south side in the 1970s.

November 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


As winter nears, concerns grow over squatters occupying empty buildings

The door of the neighbor's house was wide open, rocking slightly with the breeze, when Tammy Hansen returned to her midtown Gainesville home with her teenage daughter and toddler son one day this past week.

November 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Attorney Ashley Bell joins Trump transition team

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell, a former Hall County commissioner, has joined the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump to help recruit staff at the U.S. Department of State.

November 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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