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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


Hall County website redesign to cost $78,000

In recent weeks, Hall County unveiled a new logo and slogan as part of a rebranding and marketing campaign.

May 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials weigh in on SPLOST hopes

Revenue projections for a new round of special purpose local option sales taxes will be unveiled today when local government officials gather for the first in a series of meetings to identify funding priorities.

May 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Will voters turn out for Tuesday's primary?

Voter turnout is a concern each and every election cycle, particularly in primary races when interest lags.

May 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Development Authority to review bond terms for Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority will meet again next month to discuss financing details for about $8 million in campus construction projects at Brenau University.

May 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall sheriff requests 20 new patrol cars

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch has requested 20 new patrol cars and a new server to manage surveillance operations at the jail, two of the biggest funding priorities in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Leaders ponder putting community garden in midtown Gainesville

The fad of urban community gardens has become a bona fide trend in recent years, spreading from New York City rooftops to Los Angeles' suburban streets.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Handel works to woo voters in Gainesville

The race for the Republican nomination for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat continues to heat up in the closing days before the primary, and candidates have made Gainesville a target of their get-out-the-vote efforts.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NAACP forum gives a voice to minorities

With an eye toward educating and engaging voters, and turning them out at the polls during the May 20 primary election, the Gainesville-Hall County chapter of the NAACP held a forum with political candidates Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Property taxes going up, up, up for some Hall residents

Some residents of Hall County, particularly those with lakefront homes, are likely to get sticker shock when they receive their property tax assessment notices in the coming week.

May 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall fire chief seeks to “thaw” frozen positions

Public safety costs account for about 46 percent of Hall County's general fund budget. But with that revenue source strained in recent years, the county's fire department has tried to help alleviate this pressure.

May 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville may raise rates at Alta Vista Cemetery

Public safety costs account for about 46 percent of Hall County's general fund budget. But with that revenue source strained in recent years, the county's fire department has tried to help alleviate this pressure.

May 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Delays push back beer boutique's move into square

Growlers on Main in Flowery Branch came exploding onto the scene with great fanfare and positive reviews in late January, with demand uniquely driving up supply.

May 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Perdue bus tour rolls through Gainesville

Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue rolled through Gainesville Wednesday morning on a statewide bus tour, making a stop at the Longstreet Café to speak with supporters and encourage patrons to vote in the primary race May 20.

May 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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