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Security at polls tightens as election tensions rise

Local law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols at polling sites on Election Day as a proactive response to concerns about violence.

November 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Retirement development on Ahaluna stirs mixed feelings

Residents left with mixed feelings about plans for a mixed-use development off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville after a community meeting on the project Wednesday at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center.

November 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local homeless to get chance in Atlanta

Five homeless men from Hall County will be selected to join a workforce training and transitional housing program in Atlanta "in an act of community partnership."

November 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ahaluna development re-emerges, as residents prepare to fight it

A large, upscale subdivision proposed along Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville is now in the hands of a new developer, something homeowners in the area warned would happen two years ago.

October 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Neighborhood says goodbye to Atlanta Street homes

Memories of childhood scraps in the yard, potluck dinners with neighbors and nights at the corner social scene now stand in contrast to the vacant apartment units with their windows shattered and empty, silent playgrounds.

October 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local pharmacies feel economic pinch

The mom-and-pop pharmacies of American lore, the ones with soda fountains or gift shops to go along with the charm of personal service, are not yet a relic of yesteryear.

October 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roosevelt Square redesign nearing completion

Hall County is ponying up $50,000 to support a redesign of Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville, which will be complete by a Dec. 8 dedication.

October 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County officials support developers opposed to septic regulations

Hall County officials agreed Thursday to support local developers in their opposition to a new interpretation of a decades-old rule concerning how septic systems are permitted.

October 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Heating assistance program launches Nov. 1

Elderly and disabled/homebound residents in Hall County and across Northeast Georgia's Ninth District can apply for assistance paying their heating bills this winter beginning Nov. 1.

October 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville homeless camp bulldozed Tuesday morning

The homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville is no more.

October 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Windstream promises upgrades to internet in Northeast Georgia

Windstream announced last week that it plans to upgrade its broadband internet service in Northeast Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham and Jackson.

October 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trump tops UNG mock election with voter anxiety as underlying theme

Republican Donald Trump has won a mock presidential election on the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus.

October 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County seeks input on growth plan

The recent opposition from homeowners over Mincey Marble's plans to construct a new facility on Browns Bridge Road adjacent to its current operations might not have gained traction had Hall County's comprehensive plan not identified the area for residential zoning.

October 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ballot study would explore government merger for Gainesville-Hall County

Voters will have their say on Election Day about a little political posturing and a long simmering difference of opinion between Hall County and Gainesville officials.

October 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Silver lining emerges for homeless as some take advantage of shelters, programs

Help for the homeless living beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville has finally gained traction nearly three weeks after city officials and local law enforcement announced plans to sweep and close the encampment.

October 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Gainesville to reopen its public housing waiting list

The Gainesville Housing Authority is reopening its waiting list for public housing in February.

January 22, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area women join worldwide marches against new administration

Wearing pink, pointy-eared hats to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets in the nation's capital ...

January 21, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch residents in D.C. for inauguration not deterred by protesters

For Flowery Branch residents Ben and Jessica Frye the inauguration of President Donald Trump was a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth family honored to witness inauguration in D.C.

Though the atmosphere at Friday's presidential inauguration was subdued, even solemn, the joy experienced by the O'Neal family, who live in Forsyth County ...

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pattillo continues development in Hall despite recent contract termination

A purchase and sales agreement for the Gainesville Business Park has been terminated at the request of the developer, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate's holding ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Development authority extends Glades lease

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has extended a lease management agreement between the agency, Hall County government and Glade Farm LLC while an ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deshaun Watson Drive coming soon

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has given its OK to renaming Touchdown Drive outside Gainesville High School to Deshaun Watson Drive.

January 17, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


March honors, seeks to continue work of Martin Luther King Jr.

With each passing year the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday takes on an urgent new meaning.

January 16, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino immigrants seek to maintain heritage while thriving in US

For young Latino immigrants in Gainesville and Hall County, there is a growing sense that they are standing on the threshold of a shift so ...

January 15, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Black business brunch highlights minority entrepreneurs

From the Newtown neighborhood to Morningside Heights, black-owned businesses have a long, proud history in Gainesville.

January 14, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends hopes to benefit as Deal eyes funding for early child care

One little boy smiles and makes eye contact with anyone who calls his name, blows kisses to his teacher and happily munches his lunch of ...

January 12, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal keeping focus on school fixes after defeat at ballot

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state ...

January 11, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates still want elder abuse registry

The Georgia Council on Aging is once again pushing for state lawmakers to expand an elder abuser registry, and it's one of five critical ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative study committees tackle prescription drug abuse, music incentives, internet access

Legislation is emerging from several study committees formed last year by state lawmakers looking to address a drug epidemic and economic development in Georgia, and ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kim Copeland named new chairman of Hall Democrats

Kim Copeland was voted the new chairman of the Hall County Democratic Party on Monday night. He replaces Sheila Nicholas in the top post. Nicholas ...

January 09, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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