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Hall County moves to scrap Civil Service Board without state’s help

Hall County officials are now moving unilaterally on a proposal to scrap the Civil Service Board after the proposal stalled in the state legislature. The board hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees.

May 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Glades Reservoir getting more expensive

The cost of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has already exceeded $15 million, and taxpayers will likely soon pump more money into the project on consulting fees and additional environmental studies.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search narrows for Lanier Tech relocation site

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College has been narrowed to just a handful of Hall County properties, and a decision is likely to be made within the next few weeks.

May 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Three apartment complexes off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville that primarily house working-class minorities and immigrants are getting a major face-lift and new security thanks to a more than $2 million investment from Greenleaf Management.

May 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

May 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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City, county seek big reimbursements for winter storm costs

Gainesville and Hall County are each pursuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal reimbursements for costs related to an ice storm in mid-February, which ...

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boy Scout policy change on gay leaders not likely to impact local troops

When the Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders earlier this week, troops and packs across Northeast Georgia, many of ...

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local leaders disagree on how far Medicaid coverage should go as program celebrates 50 years

Wanda Turpin's medical problems are so numerous that she would be unable to receive the care she needs without Medicaid coverage.

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Citizen group aims to restore trust in SPLOST spending

The citizen review committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax is the first of its kind in Hall County, and ...

July 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers expecting contentious 2016 session

It's still the dog days of summer, but state lawmakers are already anticipating a heated session of the Georgia General Assembly beginning in January ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review one-way street proposals, Catholic Church campus

Gainesville officials are looking at ways to ease traffic and congestion for public safety vehicles on some residential streets, including making Hillcrest Avenue and Dyer ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stench stirs alliances in Latino area

The putrid stench parading through one Latino neighborhood in Gainesville had become too much for local residents to sniff and bear.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Workers comp claims keep governments on their toes

There is a certain trust that comes with workers' compensation claims.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Military recruiters try to rein in armed supporters

Armed residents have taken to guarding military recruitment centers across the nation, including in Gainesville, after a deadly attack on Marines at a recruiting office ...

July 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Swift change comes at top of Gainesville's leadership

It's all happened so fast, faster than some could have believed just the other day.

July 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall 911 systems getting upgrades

Hall County's emergency 911 systems will soon get some long-awaited improvements, beginning with upgrades to the main phone network.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing in ‘huge demand’

Inventory is short and competition is fierce for affordable rental housing in Hall County's urban cores, according to local real estate professionals.

July 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


LGBT community looks to educate, break free from red tape after landmark ruling

Dianna and Cher Singleton of Flowery Branch married in 2012. Now, that union is recognized in Georgia.

July 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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