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Audit reveals systemic problems at ethics commission

An audit of the state ethics commission has revealed systemic problems, including inequitable handling of complaints, fines and investigations, within the agency.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials plan new SPLOST VII meetings

Hall County officials have announced they will host two additional public input meetings in an effort to generate interest and support for a new round of special purpose local option sales tax.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voter demographics reveal GOP’s success

So much for a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville firetruck undergoing precautionary repairs

The Gainesville Fire Department truck used to rescue three Hall County firefighters injured in July after falling 44 feet in a collapsing ladder is now undergoing repairs as a precaution against the same kind of accident.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County draws 56 percent of registered voters

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County on Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council gives initial OK to Ahaluna development

Gainesville City Council gave the initial OK on Tuesday night for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway, near the shores of Lake Lanier, after several concessions were made to area residents opposed to the size of the development.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout steady across Hall

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County this Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Polls: 5 things to know

1. You'll need a valid identification to vote, including one of the following: state or federal government employee photo ID; Georgia driver's license, even if expired; valid U.S. passport; valid U.S. military photo ID; or valid tribal photo ID.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early problems reported on Election Day

Election Day troubles are mounting early in Hall County and across the state of Georgia.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote could be 1st step to cut income taxes

Georgia voters will decide whether to cap the state's income tax rate at 6 percent when they head to the polls Tuesday.

November 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal, Christie rally GOP faithful in Gainesville

Flanked by Republican allies on either side, Gov. Nathan Deal step forward on the stage, took to the microphone and basked in chants of "four more years" from the few hundred supporters gathered Saturday afternoon inside the Gainesville Civic Center.

November 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘Dark’ money pours into Ga. Senate race

Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is flush with spending from nonprofit agencies that keep their donors anonymous, making it one of the most expensive contests of the midterm elections.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's adult club loses alcohol license

The Top of Gainesville adult strip club has had its alcohol license suspended following a complaint that it was not serving food for a period of time.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Concerns mount over proposed Virginia Circle development

Gainesville planning staff has expressed concerns about a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet proposed for the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle ahead of a public hearing next month.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Virginia Circle drive-thru back on the table

With new commercial development picking up across Gainesville in the early months of the year, one project has seen change-after-change on its path toward approval.

March 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall targets $1.3M deficit in housing program

Since 2009, nearly 60 abandoned or foreclosed homes in Hall County have been purchased, renovated and sold to low-income families under the federal grant-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

February 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss lingering issues today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Ga. endures harsh freeze, braces for next storm

After snow flurries fell amid trees and power lines still encased in ice Wednesday, local officials began preparing for more wintry weather this weekend.

February 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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