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Gainesville to get top ISO rating, meaning cheaper insurance for some

The Gainesville Fire Department is poised to become just one of 60 departments nationwide to receive the Insurance Services Office's top classification for fire prevention and response.

May 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area residents will miss Maya Angelou's inspiration

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, died Wednesday. She was 86.

May 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County proposes nearly $92 million budget

Hall County officials proposed a $91.978 million general fund budget for the 2015 fiscal year Tuesday night at an open house, which includes the use of $5.6 million in reserve funds to balance the budget.

May 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners host budget open house tonight

Hall County will host an open house with the public tonight to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget.

May 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza developer eyes 2nd makeover

Polestar LLC, a subsidiary of Tennessee-based developer Hutton, caused a stir in recent weeks with its plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

May 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘Sticker shock’ hits Lake Lanier residents

Some owners of lakefront properties in Hall County are crying foul after learning the assessed value of their homes has skyrocketed, resulting in estimates of large increases in taxes owed.

May 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final Hall ballot count confirms school board runoff

Hall County's final count of provisional ballots Friday confirmed a runoff between school board contenders Brian Sloan and Mark Pettitt.

May 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners narrowly approve website redesign contract

What was expected to be a routine vote Thursday to approve a contract for redesigning the Hall County website turned into a spirited debate among the Board of Commissioners about the wise use of taxpayer dollars.

May 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall races still in dispute

Tuesday's primary election proved, if nothing else, that South Hall remains the political hotbed of the county.

May 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County public works seeks increases in budget

The Hall County Public Works department is looking to increase its budget for all general fund divisions - road maintenance, fleet maintenance and engineering – in the 2015 fiscal year.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cooper may squeeze onto Hall Board of Commissioners

Kathy Cooper may have just inched past by her opponent to win office as the next District 1 representative on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Collins easily wins Republican nomination to U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is one step closer to returning to the nation's capital for another two-year term after defeating challenger Bernard Fontaine on Tuesday in the 9th District Republican primary.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Lanier Plaza redevelopment

The Gainesville City Council gave the last word Tuesday on controversial plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

May 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout slow as Primary Day arrives

An orange 18-wheeler carrying precious cargo could be seen traversing Hall County thoroughfares Monday, making stop after stop and delivery after delivery in preparation for today's primary.

May 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII: Officials project $130M in revenue

$130 million. That's the initial revenue projection for a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales taxes, or SPLOST VII, given to local government officials during a meeting Monday in Gainesville.

May 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Lost Generation' lives on thanks to literary greats

"You are all a lost generation."

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | More viewpoint stories


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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