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Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving forward on health clinic for workers

Hall County officials are finally moving forward on plans to turn the old East Hall library branch, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in July 2011, into a health clinic for employees.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners to review new park’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to alter contract bid process

Hall County officials met last week to discuss possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regards to purchasing orders.

August 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials balk over clinic’s expansion

An area real estate firm is asking the city of Gainesville to abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets so it can connect the properties it owns there, including The Longstreet Clinic building, and pave the way for potential future expansion.

August 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Retired Gainesville police major clashed with chief

The retirement of Maj. Paul Sherman from the Gainesville Police Department in January, less than two years after being promoted to No. 2 in command, appears to have been the result of infighting and reveals growing concerns about employee morale, according to documents obtained by The Times.

August 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library feels pinch from lack of funding

Without increased public funding, the forecast is cloudy on what the future holds for Hall County Library System branches.

August 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville businesses eye sale of growlers

When Gainesville amended its alcohol ordinance a few months ago to allow the sale of growlers, a few local business owners saw an opportunity to catch the wave.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Subdivision developers postpone plans again

Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision straddling the Hall County and Gwinnett County line were sidelined again Monday when the planning commission tabled the proposal until next month.

August 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont seeks green light for voting change

Clermont officials are waiting on state approval of proposed changes to the North Hall city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

August 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments work to control overtime

Hall County and Gainesville are finding most part-time workers now are complying with a new policy that limits the number of hours they can work each week.

August 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners save money by rejecting contract

Hall County is saving about $13,000 after officials changed their minds on a contract for concrete blocks to be used in construction of the new correctional institute.

August 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development

After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County's objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Democrats select election board members

The Hall County Democratic Party selected its appointees Monday night to the new elections board that will launch in January.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall County reach deal on Ahaluna development

Officials from Hall County and the city of Gainesville have reached an agreement that will allow for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

November 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller loses Senate president pro tem vote

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, lost the vote Monday for Senate president pro tem in the Georgia legislature.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Republicans select elections board appointees

The Hall County Republican Party has selected its appointments to the new elections board that will launch Jan. 1.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Troubling cases lead to attrition on Sheriff’s Office staff

While significant attrition at the Hall County Sheriff's Office over the last two years has largely been filled by new hires, recent staffing shortages in the patrol division have prompted a new directive subjecting officers to 24-hour availability.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County not ready to forsake Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners wants answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation and state lawmakers about why the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing has been closed despite the county's objection.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County reimbursed for firetruck involved in July training accident

Sutphen, the manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters, has now reimbursed the county for the purchase cost of the truck and taken possession of the rig, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with county officials.

November 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board denies Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle drive-thru

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November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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