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Group proposes rules for holding convention to amend Constitution

States have long passed their own measures calling for amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

June 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Mental health care in short supply in Hall, Northeast Georgia

Mental health care providers are in short supply across Northeast Georgia, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino voter registration grows in Hall, state

Hall County resident Julio Hernandez is one of thousands of Latinos in the state who cast a ballot for the first time in the May primaries.

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials approve 2017 budget including raises, bonuses

About $1.8 million has been set aside for employee raises and bonuses in the 2017 budget Hall County commissioners approved on Monday.

June 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials to vote on 2017 budget proposal Monday

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on a proposed 2017 fiscal year budget that includes no property tax increases and earmarks money for employee raises.

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jubilee Farm community garden provides food to homeless, hungry

It took some time for Jubilee Farm, a community garden located at the corner of Davis and Pine streets in the industrial area of Gainesville, to begin sprouting.

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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 process.

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 for employee raises.

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 some and a trashed playpen for others along the so-called "tramp trail."

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 process.

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 industry when it meets this summer and fall.

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


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Low jobless rate doesn't give full picture in Hall

The August unemployment rate of just 4.4 percent in metropolitan Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, is both a positive sign of local ...

September 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man’s beating exposes homeless camp horrors under Queen City Bridge

The grounds are lined with trash rather than flowers. No birds sing from shaking limbs along the gravel road entrance. And the stray cats act ...

September 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local activist encouraged by Obama’s steps to address prescription, heroin epidemic

The Obama administration has instructed federal agencies to begin taking a number of actions this week to address the national prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic.

September 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New park creates political tension between District 4 commission candidates

The campaign for the District 4 Hall County Board of Commissioners seat took an interesting turn Wednesday when Democratic challenger Angela Middleton asserted her credentials ...

September 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed park behind Harrison Square could boost area

Hall County is looking to purchase more than 21 acres behind the Harrison Square public housing complex on the south side of Gainesville to develop ...

September 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Small cities unite to counter Gainesville, Hall influence

Gainesville officials said Tuesday that they were surprised by a push from smaller cities in Hall County to unite against the influence of Gainesville and ...

September 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


FBI agrees to fund new firing range and training center in Hall County

The FBI has agreed to pay up to $1.7 million for a new firing range and training facility in Hall County that it will ...

September 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote Trump or Clinton? Many in Hall are cool to both

The old philosophy of choosing the "lesser of two evils" in the voting booth isn't working for some Hall County residents and students during ...

September 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf instructor confused about ouster

Jeff Frasier, director of instruction at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, is on his way out after more than a ...

September 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way begins campaign with focus on poverty

Living in poverty means having to make stark, difficult choices about where to spend what little money is available from day to day.

September 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way leads new effort to fight poverty in Hall

For the more than 32,000 Hall County residents living in poverty, and the countless more teetering on the brink, just knowing who to ask ...

September 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


IRS to add staff at Gainesville office

Staffing shortages at a Gainesville taxpayer assistance office will be remedied next month, according to an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service.

September 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates look to Atlanta homeless program for answers

Gainesville resident Doug Hanson has a passion for helping the homeless.

September 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall residents lose insurance options as providers pull out of Affordable Care Act

Hall County will likely lose half its current insurance providers within the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser ...

September 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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