There's an advantage to being an elected or appointed official in Hall County when it comes to budgeting for a new fiscal year: a chance to persuade commissioners in person about the need for specific funding requests.
Knee and hip replacements are among the most frequently performed inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries. But the quality and cost of these procedures can vary wildly, and complications such as infections or implant failures are not uncommon.
Richard Higgins narrowly beat Steve Gailey in the race for Hall Couty Board of Commissioners chairman, a seat left vacant when Richard Mecum announced he wouldn't seek a second term. Higgins won 50.99 percent of the vote.