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Public Service Commission candidates facing same challenges

The three Republican candidates vying for the District 4 Public Service Commission seat in the May 20 primary have many differences, but there's one glaring thing they have in common.

May 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Relay for Life event draws thousands for fight against cancer

The fight against cancer grew a little stronger Friday night and into this morning thanks to the devotion and generosity of local residents.

May 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Conservatives running for 9th District vary in focus

The U.S. House 9th District Republican primary May 20 pits incumbent Doug Collins against challenger Bernard Fontaine, with the winner facing Democrat David Vogel in November.

May 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville eyes youth sports complex

Gainesville officials are pinning their hopes for building a youth athletic complex on Hall County voters approving a new round of special purpose local option sales taxes this fall.

May 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No tax increase in proposed Gainesville budget

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has proposed a $30.3 million general fund budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, and is not recommending any tax increases.

May 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Relayers look to step on cancer tonight at Road Atlanta

Hall County will hold its annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event tonight at Road Atlanta in Braselton, 5300 Winder Highway.

May 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cooper, Cochran vie for South Hall seat

When Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz decided not to seek re-election to his District 1 seat representing South Hall, he reached out to a few potential candidates and urged them to enter the race.

April 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax chief seeks pay raise, staff increase

Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden is asking for a $20,000 raise, new full-time personnel and more than $500,000 in additional funding for her office in the 2015 fiscal year.

April 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Debate heats up Public Service Commission race

The Republican primary race for the District 4 Public Service Commission seat is heating up after a final debate was held Tuesday night by the Atlanta Press Club.

April 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting gets off to slow start

The first day of early voting for the May 20 primary election got off to a slow start in Hall County on Monday morning before picking up slightly in the afternoon.

April 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST vote coming this fall

Local government officials are pushing forward on a new special purpose local option sales tax and intend to hold a ballot referendum on the measure come Election Day, Nov. 4.

April 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials to discuss new SPLOST projects, timetable tonight

Local government officials will meet tonight to strategize about a new special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, that is likely to come up for a ballot referendum this fall.

April 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting begins today

Early voting begins today for the May 20 primary election.

April 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Your vote costs 69 cents in Hall County

According to the old economics adage, "There is no such thing as a free lunch."

April 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County keeps close tabs on unfunded pensions

Despite Hall County having one of the larger unfunded pension programs of any government or authority in the state, local officials insist retirees have nothing to worry about.

April 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Newly formed visitors bureau lays foundation at 1st meeting

The board of directors of the newly formed Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement that will fund the city's new tourism arm.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall library furlough days hurt workers, patrons alike

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved its 2015 fiscal year budget in June, the spending plan included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time county workers and called for no furlough days.

July 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Lost Generation' lives on thanks to literary greats

"You are all a lost generation."

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | More viewpoint stories


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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