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Brewery gets green light to pour with recent changes to state law

Craft brewers got a good pour last week when the state Department of Revenue implemented new regulations allowing tours to be sold at varying prices.

April 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GOP House debate contrasts styles of 5 candidates

It's no surprise to see some agreement during a primary debate.

April 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stormwater fee — a.k.a. 'rain tax' — on indefinite hold

A proposed "rain tax" in Gainesville to fund stormwater infrastructure upgrades is on indefinite hold as city officials have no plans to revisit the issue until after budget negotiations wrap up in June.

April 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Facebook buddies up to small business

With Gainesville and Hall County drawing new residents, big-box stores and major corporations are following close behind.

April 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Elections officials prep for heavy turnout in May primaries

Hall County elections officials are gearing up for what is expected to be a large turnout in the May primaries, with a sample ballot now available for voters to review before casting their ballot.

April 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agencies work to end cyclical poverty in community

With a jobless rate below 5 percent, the Gainesville metro region is faring better than most communities across the state and nation.

April 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


9th Congressional District GOP primary debate set for Saturday

The Hall County GOP will host a Republican primary debate for U.S. 9th Congressional District candidates this Saturday in Gainesville.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street rezoning hearing nears as redevelopment awaits

Formal plans to redevelop the Atlanta Street public housing complex in Gainesville will come before the city planning and appeals board April 12.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Facing mental illness head-on may help afflicted veterans cope

Just getting through life sometimes requires finding good in an otherwise bad situation.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville parks department lays out budget request as public hearings near

With property tax revenues in Gainesville up a projected 9.34 percent, the city Parks and Recreation department is looking for more than $4.5 million in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, to support ongoing programs and expansion plans.

April 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's Airport Parkway to become one-way loop to ease traffic jams

Gainesville officials are poised to make changes to the traffic flow along Airport Parkway to alleviate congestion around the industrial park after businesses, including Mansfield Oil, brought the issue to the city's attention.

March 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG series spotlights issues for undocumented students

Perhaps facts and figures can't compete with raw emotion when it comes to fixing what Democrats and Republicans agree is a broken national immigration system.

March 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


How law enforcement helps when mental illness, criminal activity intersect

In many parts of the United States, including here in Gainesville and Hall County, law enforcement agencies have become de facto mental health care providers.

March 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local leaders have mixed reaction to Deal's promise to veto 'religious liberty' bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that he will veto a controversial "religious liberty" bill, arguing that the First Amendment was protection enough for the concerns raised by some Christians after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year.

March 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Survey aims to end homelessness among veterans

The number of homeless military veterans across the United States - at least 50,000 in January 2014 and 48,000 in January 2015, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness - underscores the devastating mental, emotional and physical wounds of war that afflict the nation's heroes long after the battle ends.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Jason Everett can barely stand to look at the jail in midtown Gainesville, but it's hard not to notice on his way to work.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County is facing further court action in a dispute over bonds that were issued to pay for sidewalks in three subdivisions.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents offer input on managing growth

Everyone knows the growth is coming.

June 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public input needed for Hall's comprehensive plan update

Hall County is moving forward with its comprehensive plan update to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are encouraging residents to join the ...

June 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials unveil 2017 budget proposal, which includes employee raises, no property tax increase

The public got its first look Monday at Hall County's proposed 2017 fiscal year budget, which includes no property tax increases and earmarks money ...

June 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ministries seek to help homeless under bridge, resource list compiled

As spring gives way to summer, the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville becomes more crowded, a desolate place to rest for ...

June 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water loss from leaks can drain big bucks from cities, customers

Gainesville recovered nearly 59 million gallons of water in the first five years of a leak detection program, saving an estimated $126,000 in the ...

June 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers ponder tax break for music industry

A legislative working group, perhaps hoping to spawn the next Allman Brothers Band, REM or Outkast, will review possible tax incentives for the Georgia music ...

June 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County plans worker raises, no tax increase in 2017 budget

Employee pay raises are at the fore of a $97 million spending plan Hall County officials are considering for the 2017 fiscal year.

June 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


LGBT community, reeling from Orlando attack, comes together in solidarity

The shock and sorrow is still coursing through Jason Hewett's veins.

June 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


HUD changing rental assistance calculation for low-income residents

More than 2 million American households rely on a federally subsidized voucher program to afford their rent, according to the U.S. Department of Housing ...

June 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Historic Dahlonega building nearing demolition

The fate of the historic Jeremiah Payne House, also known as the Parks Clothing building, in downtown Dahlonega is slowly getting etched in stone.

June 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents wonder about future of Church Street Manor

Residents of Church Street Manor in Gainesville have received the notice before.

June 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheers, shrugs greet Clinton’s milestone among local leaders

Hillary Clinton effectively claimed the Democratic presidential nomination last week after her victory over Bernie Sanders in the California primary, becoming the first woman to ...

June 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville embraces porous parking push to limit stormwater runoff

The cottage homes Frank Norton, president and CEO of The Norton Agency real estate firm in Gainesville, is building along Enota Avenue will include porous ...

June 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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