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Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

March 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly's 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

March 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall residents plead to retain Friendship Road name

Supporters hoping to retain the Friendship Road name for a popular and busy thoroughfare in South Hall made passionate pleas to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a work session.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Busy site at Thompson Bridge Road preps for more growth

Applications for new development are coming fast and furious to the Gainesville planning division, and the latest proposal up for review calls for professional office space along Thompson Bridge Road, directly across the road from the Wal-Mart grocery store.

March 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Supporters seek more allies for Friendship Road moniker

The fight to retain the Friendship Road name for a historic South Hall County thoroughfare is gaining momentum once again.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Senate passes transportation bill, but at less than $1 billion funding goal

The Georgia Senate passed a transportation bill Friday afternoon that would generate somewhere near $800 million in funding for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

March 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville promotes EPA's WaterSense labeling

With a water bill tripling from one month to the next, alarm bells rang in Leslie White's ears.

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NCAA basketball contests a big business for some

What do you call a criminal act that is nearly unenforceable?

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State senators make big changes to transportation bill

The state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday made significant changes to a transportation bill approved by House lawmakers earlier this year.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Civil Service Board upholds firing

In an unusual case, the Hall County Civil Service Board voted unanimously Tuesday morning to uphold the termination of employee David McCord.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voter opinion mixed as end of poll on sales tax nears

A scattering of exit polling reveals mixed opinions about the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund public infrastructure projects countywide.

March 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Bruner seeking re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner has announced that she will seek reelection this fall.

May 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Roosevelt Square renovation designs released

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived in Gainesville to deliver an impassioned speech about revitalizing the city following a deadly tornado in 1936, he could not have envisioned plans today to honor and build upon the legacy of a square bearing his name.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials approve additional funding for Glades Reservoir study

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville CFO named interim city manager

Gainesville's chief financial officer, Melody Marlowe, has been named interim city manager while officials seek a permanent replacement for Kip Padgett.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville school board eyeing $64 million budget for 2016

The Gainesville Board of Education will conduct a public hearing June 9 on a proposed $64 million budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


To outsource or not? Hall officials debate how to pay for property reassessments

In the last year, few things have been as contentious in Hall County as reassessments in value on lakefront homes and commercial businesses, sending tax bills for some property owners through the roof.

May 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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