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Federal subsidy aims to open up Internet to more families

The Federal Communications Commission will vote this month on a proposal to offer $9.25 a month to qualifying low-income families to help them purchase Internet service.

March 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County 911 system upgrades continue with nearly $10 million in approved funding

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday OK'd spending $9.5 million from special purpose local option sales tax revenues to complete the next phase of overhauling the emergency 911 system.

March 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bill would exempt DOT from environmental reviews

Archeologists and environmental advocates are sounding the alarm on a state bill that would exempt the Department of Transportation from compliance with parts of the Georgia Environmental Policy Act on state-funded road construction projects.

March 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Buford Corn Maze gets OK to expand entertainment attractions

The Buford Corn Maze in South Hall County draws as many as 10,000 people a day during its busiest three fall weekends, and the county planning board on Tuesday OK'd a proposal to expand operations.

March 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Democrat Michelle Jones announces run against incumbent state Rep. Emory Dunahoo

Michelle Jones, a community activist and mother of three, has announced her candidacy for Georgia State House District 30, a South Hall County seat that includes Flowery Branch, Oakwood, and parts of north Buford and south Gainesville.

March 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board OKs two new subdivisions

Residential development in unincorporated Hall County is ramping up fast in 2016 with the Hall County Planning Commission recommending the approval of two new subdivisions Monday night.

March 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir loses support from Gainesville

The writing was on the wall, but the news stung nonetheless.

March 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Law officials say mobile device access would aid investigations

It's not just the Federal Bureau of Investigation that wants to unlock iPhones in criminal investigations.

March 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Key bills face their fate in final days of legislature

The 2016 state legislative session is winding down and a few under-the-radar bills are nearing a resolution.

March 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools seek beefed-up federal lunch funds

The increasing cost of preparing school meals prompted Hall County's school nutrition director to lobby Congress this week for a robust bill that aims to ensure the solvency of meal programs for students.

March 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rep. Carl Rogers retiring from District 29 seat in House

Desiring more time with family and a chance to be a "normal citizen" again, Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, said Wednesday that he would not seek re-election to the state legislature this year.

March 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voters consider possible Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton nominations

What will it take for voters on either side of the political aisle to unite behind Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton for president this year?

March 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump top Hall voting, win Georgia primary

Voters in Hall County mirrored those across Georgia as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton easily won the state's presidential party primaries on Tuesday.

March 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Windstream promises improvements; U.S. Rep. Doug Collins calls it 'more of the same'

Windstream's promises to improve communication, establish a new team to handle customer complaints and invest millions of dollars in the coming years to upgrade Internet service in Northeast Georgia were dismissed as "more of the same" on Monday.

February 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Presidential race draws big interest from younger voters

The youth vote has always been a difficult demographic to capture.

February 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Wilkinson holds off challenge in State Senate District 50

Republican John Wilkinson won the Republican primary to retain his state Senate District 50 race Tuesday.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Powell earns another term as District 2 Hall commissioner

Republican Billy Powell earned a fourth term as Hall County commissioner for District 2 with a win in Tuesday's primary.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stowe bests Phillips in Hall commission District 4 primary

Republican incumbent Jeff Stowe earned the Republican nomination to reclaim his Hall County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat in Tuesday's primary.

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New billing model aims to improve care, lower costs for joint replacements

Knee and hip replacements are among the most frequently performed inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries. But the quality and cost of these procedures can vary ...

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business parks filling up as new development surges

Two business parks in Hall County will likely get new tenants before the end of the year, a sign that industrial development is running strong ...

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Richard Higgins wins Hall chairman seat in tight race

Richard Higgins narrowly beat Steve Gailey in the race for Hall Couty Board of Commissioners chairman, a seat left vacant when Richard Mecum announced he ...

May 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall candidate forum focuses on minority community's concerns

African-American residents of the Newtown and Fair Street neighborhoods on Gainesville's south side have long felt left out of the economic fortunes of the ...

May 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Elder registry expansion targets in-home nurses to weed out abuse

Georgia is expanding its nurse aide registry, which catalogues incidents of abuse and neglect of elderly patients, to include home health care providers.

May 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials dig into 2017 budget

The final weeks of May are always anxious days for Hall County officials as they prepare for the home stretch of the annual budget process.

May 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bus shelter art project gets OK from Gainesville City Council

City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to Hall Area Transit's plan to begin displaying works of art on or around Gainesville Connection bus shelters ...

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Airport Parkway changes approved by Gainesville council

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday OK'd final changes to improve traffic flow along Airport Parkway and alleviate congestion.

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville signs off on Atlanta Street housing redevelopment

Gainesville City Council gave the final sign-off Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable ...

May 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ledan/Sardis roundabout spotlights trend in traffic relief

It's fair to say the roundabout is catching on.

May 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Data puts parts of Gainesville at top threat level for lead poisoning

The painters are brushing up as Melvean Strickland looks over the renovation of her family's home in the historic Newtown neighborhood of Gainesville.

May 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No tax increase in proposed $33.5 million Gainesville budget

Gainesville City Council will consider approving a $33.5 million budget when it meets in June that includes no tax increases or water/sewer rate ...

May 12, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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