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Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County OKs $93.6 million budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Thursday night to approve a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latinos, African-Americans to rally Monday to end at-large voting in Gainesville

Latino and African-American political organizers will meet Monday afternoon for what is being called a historic alliance to protest Gainesville's at-large voting system.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court upholds federal insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive federal tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance in a ruling Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street and the front lines of poverty, crime

The signs are everywhere around Peppers Market, at the corner of Atlanta Street and EE Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

June 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves pay study, raises for current employees

On average, employees of the city of Gainesville earn 7.7 percent less for entry level pay than their counterparts elsewhere in the state, and 2.1 percent below market at the middle of each pay grade, according to the results of a new study released Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical marijuana registry, commission now up and running

Tuesday was a landmark day in Georgia for supporters of medical marijuana.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business license fees likely going up

Hall County officials are moving forward with changes to the fee schedule for business licenses, which will both simplify the rate structure and slightly increase costs.

June 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Law agency seeks medication for drug overdoses

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is training its officers to administer a medication that reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses.

August 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health law fees hitting Hall County hard

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but it's come with a price tag that Hall County government is helping ...

August 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves funding for Olympic Venue, fireworks ordinance

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved the allocation of $300,000 in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trash trap for Flat Creek aims to improve water quality

Gainesville and Hall County are looking to partner on purchasing a litter trap for Flat Creek, one of the most polluted streams in the region ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emory Turner brings competition to Ward 2 Gainesville council race

Emory Turner has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 2 seat currently held by Bob Hamrick.

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considering tax increase to pay off jail debt

Gainesville officials are proposing a slight tax increase to pay off debt on the old Hall County jail the city purchased in 2012, as well ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Access remains tricky as more patients register for cannabis oil

It's one thing to legally possess cannabis oil for the treatment of eight approved medical conditions. It's another thing to acquire it in ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Negotiations for Gateway land underway

Negotiations to sell a prized lot at the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 are moving swiftly, with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority ...

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Treatment Center responds to fine, DEA oversight

Administrators of a Gainesville narcotic treatment program responded Wednesday to concerns that methadone was leaving the door unchecked.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New restrictions on fireworks coming to Gainesville, Hall

Now that fireworks are legal in Georgia, Hall County is moving to prohibit shooting them off in local parks.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system stifled on passport program

The Hall County Library System has been "stonewalled" by federal officials in its effort to launch a passport program.

August 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race

André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Another candidate emerges in Gainesville Ward 3 council race

Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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