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Hall officials approve additional funding for Glades Reservoir study

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville CFO named interim city manager

Gainesville's chief financial officer, Melody Marlowe, has been named interim city manager while officials seek a permanent replacement for Kip Padgett.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville school board eyeing $64 million budget for 2016

The Gainesville Board of Education will conduct a public hearing June 9 on a proposed $64 million budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


To outsource or not? Hall officials debate how to pay for property reassessments

In the last year, few things have been as contentious in Hall County as reassessments in value on lakefront homes and commercial businesses, sending tax bills for some property owners through the roof.

May 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moves to scrap Civil Service Board without state’s help

Hall County officials are now moving unilaterally on a proposal to scrap the Civil Service Board after the proposal stalled in the state legislature. The board hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees.

May 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Glades Reservoir getting more expensive

The cost of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has already exceeded $15 million, and taxpayers will likely soon pump more money into the project on consulting fees and additional environmental studies.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search narrows for Lanier Tech relocation site

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College has been narrowed to just a handful of Hall County properties, and a decision is likely to be made within the next few weeks.

May 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Ex-deputy sentenced for taking bribes; ex-jailer sentenced for smuggling cocaine

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees were sentenced Friday in federal court after pleading guilty in May to corruption-related charges.

September 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Polling site change unnerves minority voters

The Hall County Board of Elections approved several voting precinct consolidations and polling location changes Tuesday, but objections from Latino and African-American political organizers could ...

September 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades environmental impact report delayed again

The release of a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has been delayed yet again, the third postponement in ...

August 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Law agency seeks medication for drug overdoses

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is training its officers to administer a medication that reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses.

August 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health law fees hitting Hall County hard

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but it's come with a price tag that Hall County government is helping ...

August 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall approves funding for Olympic Venue, fireworks ordinance

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved the allocation of $300,000 in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trash trap for Flat Creek aims to improve water quality

Gainesville and Hall County are looking to partner on purchasing a litter trap for Flat Creek, one of the most polluted streams in the region ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emory Turner brings competition to Ward 2 Gainesville council race

Emory Turner has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 2 seat currently held by Bob Hamrick.

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considering tax increase to pay off jail debt

Gainesville officials are proposing a slight tax increase to pay off debt on the old Hall County jail the city purchased in 2012, as well ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Access remains tricky as more patients register for cannabis oil

It's one thing to legally possess cannabis oil for the treatment of eight approved medical conditions. It's another thing to acquire it in ...

August 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Negotiations for Gateway land underway

Negotiations to sell a prized lot at the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 are moving swiftly, with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority ...

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Treatment Center responds to fine, DEA oversight

Administrators of a Gainesville narcotic treatment program responded Wednesday to concerns that methadone was leaving the door unchecked.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New restrictions on fireworks coming to Gainesville, Hall

Now that fireworks are legal in Georgia, Hall County is moving to prohibit shooting them off in local parks.

August 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system stifled on passport program

The Hall County Library System has been "stonewalled" by federal officials in its effort to launch a passport program.

August 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical co-pays, premiums rising for Hall employees

Hall County employees will soon be paying higher co-pays and premiums for health care coverage, with some increases designed to drive workers to use the ...

August 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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