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Gainesville taps Gwinnett planning director as new city manager

Gainesville has a new city manager.

October 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall residents could soon be paying more for sewer

Sewer billing rates for Hall County residents, particularly those in South Hall, might increase in November to offset rising service costs and slower growth rates.

October 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Committee hopes county becomes a public art haven

Art is in the eye of the beholder, they say. And when it comes to public art, there are a lot of beholders, a lot of interpretations and a lot of enjoyment.

October 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Seniors won't see Social Security cost-of-living increase in 2016

When it comes to playing pool, Calvin Mangum doesn't like to joke around.

October 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Many Gainesville businesses still observe the Sabbath

Closing business doors on Sundays may seem anachronistic in the 21st century, but in Gainesville it's simply a reflection of the wider community's values.

October 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Retirement benefits on way for Gainesville same-sex couples

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, local governments in Hall County immediately began reviewing workplace, health care and benefits plans to comply with the law of the land.

October 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lake Knickerbocker dam improvements coming soon

Many may think it's a dam shame what has happened over the years to Lake Knickerbocker, which backs up to the Chattahoochee Golf Course north of downtown Gainesville.

October 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flat Creek's odors may be studied after smelly summer

It reeked and it stank. It was nauseating and one resident called it the "Summer of Stench Hell."

October 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water regulations halted as business leaders cite government overreach

A new federal regulation that could expand clean water protections to more streams and tributaries was halted by a federal court last week, sinking the rule's implementation while the lawsuit proceeds.

October 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former Hall employee charged with illegally accessing county computer network

A former Hall County employee has been charged with intentionally corrupting the county government website and network for unknown reasons.

October 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Locals react to first Democratic debate in 2016 presidential race

The contrast was clear to the packed house of supporters watching the first Democratic debate in the 2016 presidential race at Little Italy Pizzeria in Gainesville on Tuesday night, with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stealing the limelight.

October 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dunkin’ Donuts gets closer to adding location in Gainesville

If you're a fan of glazed doughnuts, coffee and those kitschy old commercials with the tagline "Time to make the doughnuts," things are turning in your favor.

October 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New townhomes in $150,000-$200,000 range may come to South Hall by 2018

Another housing development halted when the recession struck is coming back to life.

October 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Judges will consider whether to allow immigrants to pay in-state tuition

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in a case over whether certain immigrants can receive in-state tuition at Georgia's public colleges.

October 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council candidates weigh in on issues in 4-way race for seat

It took some time for candidates to come forward after Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras announced this summer that she would not seek re-election to the Ward 3 seat in November.

October 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Bill aims to boost music industry in Georgia

Tourism officials banking on this year's marketing theme celebrating local music might get a boost if state lawmakers OK a bill aimed at strengthening ...

February 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage

Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety ...

February 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hundreds of Hall residents could lose food stamps as economy improves

With a jobless rate of just 4.3 percent, the strength of Hall County's economy means some local residents could lose access to food ...

February 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


From federal to local level, emphasis put on preventing overdoses

President Barack Obama has proposed $1.1 billion in new spending to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse that has taken its ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia House panel backs ‘Pastor Protection’ bill

A Georgia House panel has approved a bill stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages, a protection some believe is already ...

February 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State EPD: Glades Reservoir not needed for water supply

Georgia no longer requires the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall County to meet the state's water supply needs through 2050, according to the ...

February 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents' feedback spurs sidewalk expansion in lower-income neighborhood

Parks, commercial development and safe streets have long been needs for Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods, where residents often feel underserved by government and community services.

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Days could be numbered for historic Dahlonega building

Plans to demolish a historic building in downtown Dahlonega and build an upscale, boutique hotel in its place can now move forward after the City ...

February 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system now offering passport service

The close location and helpful assistance made life easy for Lindsey White and her two children on Monday as they applied for passports ahead of ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Immigrant students can’t sue state agency over tuition

The state's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of students who were brought to the United States illegally as children and want ...

February 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Downsizing easier said than done in housing market

The affordable housing crunch in Hall County is not unique to renters.

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Solutions to affordable housing shortage come from variety of sources

A lack of affordable, quality housing in Gainesville and Hall County and its effects on the area economy and residents' quality of life are issues ...

January 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia’s middle class is shrinking, Pew report shows

Job losses, wage cuts and underemployment during the recession have taken a very specific toll on the nation's middle class.

January 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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