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Increase in building permits in Gainesville beefs up revenue

It was a banner year for new commercial and residential development in Gainesville.

January 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Home sales, prices on rise in Hall County

More home sales, higher prices and lower inventory have solidified Hall County real estate as a seller's market once more.

December 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Carter’s cancer battle, cannabis oil among Georgia’s top stories of 2015

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter's battle with cancer, which put a spotlight on his faith and led to an outpouring of support, is among the state's top stories of 2015.

December 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Mr. Gainesville' Bob Hamrick says goodbye

For "Mr. Gainesville," as Bob Hamrick is affectionately called by colleagues, the decision to step away from city government after 46 years in office was not easy and certainly unexpected.

December 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Myrtle Figueras, nearing retirement from Gainesville Council, looks forward

Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras insists that she's walking away for good.

December 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Laundry ministry helps those who are part of growing homeless problem

When you're homeless, it's reassuring to know the people helping you out were once living off the streets, too.

December 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Short-term lake rental homes raise eyebrows among Hall officials

Monitoring and enforcing Hall County codes that regulate short-term vacation rentals on Lake Lanier has proved a growing challenge for local officials, so much so state lawmakers have launched a study committee to review standards in this rental market.

December 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital volunteers light up Christmas for patients

"Are you Santa's daughter?" Franklin Leroy Ross asked with a chuckle as the young woman dressed in a red T-shirt and festive holiday hat walked into his patient room Friday afternoon at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

December 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


With sales tax revenues up, 911 system finally gets overhaul

Hall County took in nearly $10 million in special purpose local option sales tax revenue from July through October, setting a higher pace than in recent years.

December 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville investigating possible runoff issue at new shopping center

A detention pond meant to control stormwater runoff at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway may be leaking sediment into Lake Lanier.

December 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County may get creative to keep land, become its own city

As local cities take in more and more land through annexations, some Hall County officials are floating unusual ideas to "stop the exodus of unincorporated land" and shore up the county's tax base.

December 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville area job, economic growth still among tops in US, report shows

The Gainesville metropolitan area is one of the top-performing small communities when it comes to job growth and economic development over the last year, according to a new index report from the Milken Institute, an independent think tank located in Santa Monica, Calif.

December 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans will get more housing aid but pay more, too

Gabe Shippy, a 29-year-old Army veteran living in Oakwood, isn't sure how he would make ends meet without federal housing assistance.

December 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report says immigrants boost state’s economic fortunes

All immigrants contribute billions of dollars to local economies in Georgia annually, making this demographic a key cog in the financial fortunes of the state, according to a new study.

December 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal keeps Butch Miller as top floor leader

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, will once again serve as Gov. Nathan Deal's senior floor leader when the General Assembly convenes in January.

December 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Billy Powell, challenger Eugene Moon face off in rematch of close District 2 Hall Commission race

The Hall County Commission District 2 race between incumbent Billy Powell and challenger Eugene Moon is a rematch of a 2012 contest that saw Powell ...

May 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council OKs Atlanta Street rezoning

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

May 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local lawmakers voice understanding but disappointment in Deal's campus carry veto

Gov. Nathan Deal has blocked a push to allow anyone with a permit to carry concealed handguns on Georgia campuses.

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stowe, Phillips in primary battle for County Commission District 4 seat

Incumbent Jeff Stowe will face Troy Phillips in the Hall County Commission District 4 Republican primary this month, with the winner facing Democratic challenger Angela ...

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Temporary hiring OK’d for critical needs in Gainesville government

Hoping to maintain service levels when an employee abruptly leaves, Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey has been given the authority to approve temporary hiring for ...

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gailey, Higgins vying to be chairman of Hall Board of Commissioners

The chair of the Hall County Board of Commissioners has just one vote, worth the same as other members, but the role does call for ...

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habitat for Humanity invites women to help build in May

Building Director Tim Williams called out safety instructions to dozens of volunteers Monday morning from his perch on a muddy mound adjacent to a home ...

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal has until end of Tuesday to decide whether to veto ‘campus carry’ legislation

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged Monday morning during a budget signing ceremony in Hall County that Georgians are anxiously awaiting his decision on whether to veto ...

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal touts Lanier Tech expansion in signing state budget

Gov. Nathan Deal flew into Hall County by helicopter Monday morning to sign the $23.7 billion state budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which ...

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County wins suit over sidewalk construction

Hall County government has won a summary judgment lawsuit against Selective Insurance Company of America Inc. for uncollected bond payments on sidewalk construction in three ...

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Buildings and costs on the rise together in Hall County

The first sign that new residential and commercial development in an area is strong shows when construction costs begin to rise.

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Primary ballot questions are self-fulfilling, nonbinding

School vouchers have long been a policy prize for Republicans, and now the proposal is getting new life on the May 24 primary ballot.

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall’s population boom to 300K by 2040 brings challenges

If the Atlanta Regional Commission's projections come true, Hall County's population will grow dramatically over the next 25 years.

April 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More unemployed residents set to lose their food stamp benefits

Nearly 200 Hall County residents have lost their food stamp benefits since the beginning of the year after a work requirement was reinstated.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street public housing residents struggle to find affordable homes with vouchers

The move from Atlanta Street is proving to be a mixed blessing for several single mothers.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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