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Rep. Carl Rogers retiring from District 29 seat in House

Desiring more time with family and a chance to be a "normal citizen" again, Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, said Wednesday that he would not seek re-election to the state legislature this year.

March 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voters consider possible Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton nominations

What will it take for voters on either side of the political aisle to unite behind Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton for president this year?

March 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump top Hall voting, win Georgia primary

Voters in Hall County mirrored those across Georgia as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton easily won the state's presidential party primaries on Tuesday.

March 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Windstream promises improvements; U.S. Rep. Doug Collins calls it 'more of the same'

Windstream's promises to improve communication, establish a new team to handle customer complaints and invest millions of dollars in the coming years to upgrade Internet service in Northeast Georgia were dismissed as "more of the same" on Monday.

February 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Presidential race draws big interest from younger voters

The youth vote has always been a difficult demographic to capture.

February 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fight over Cherokee blood line could be nearing resolution

The fight over Cherokee lineage between two competing Dahlonega groups might be coming to a mutual, if grudging, resolution thanks to a state bill that would formally recognize both tribes.

February 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Drug tests for welfare recipients could get new life

Plans to drug test some food stamp recipients in Georgia have been on hold since 2014, but a proposed federal law would allow the state to move forward on this initiative.

February 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Windstream complaints draw ire of congressman

Complaints about Windstream's slow Internet service in homes and businesses throughout Georgia's 9th District, which encompasses all of Northeast Georgia, have prompted new complaints and a stern letter from Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.

February 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Change to wine tasting limits in Gainesville on hold — for now

Gainesville City Council has postponed a vote on a proposal to lower the amount of wine that can be served for tastings from 24 ounces to 8 ounces.

February 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s strengths, areas for improvement, according to mayor

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan called 2015 "a very good year for the city," and 2016 is starting off at a fast pace.

February 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall leaders clarify light-duty work options following firing of injured firefighters

Excessive use of "light-duty" work detail within Hall County Fire Services has prompted county officials to review and clarify a standing policy that restricts the availability of this work for full-time personnel in all departments.

February 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Money flowing into state court judge race

The state court judge seat now held by Charles Wynne has brought a number of candidates after he announced plans for retirement.

February 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting turnout keeps level of local interest in presidential race a mystery

Early voting in Hall County during the first week of the 2016 presidential primary was on par with turnout in 2012 and 2008.

February 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Savannah port expansion critical to Hall’s poultry industry

Georgia remains the 11th-largest exporting state and seventh-largest importing state in the country after experiencing a record increase in international trade in 2015.

February 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cannabis oil bill’s key opposition comes from peace officers

Law enforcement officials across Georgia are proving to be the biggest obstacle to a bill that would allow medical cannabis oil to be manufactured and distributed in the state.

February 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


New approach to decades-old rule could hurt affordable housing efforts

Harold Kilgore maneuvers the excavator expertly behind a home under construction in Flowery Branch's Misty Harbor subdivision, near Lake Lanier, digging deep into the ...

June 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group proposes rules for holding convention to amend Constitution

States have long passed their own measures calling for amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

June 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Report: Mental health care in short supply in Hall, Northeast Georgia

Mental health care providers are in short supply across Northeast Georgia, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino voter registration grows in Hall, state

Hall County resident Julio Hernandez is one of thousands of Latinos in the state who cast a ballot for the first time in the May ...

June 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials approve 2017 budget including raises, bonuses

About $1.8 million has been set aside for employee raises and bonuses in the 2017 budget Hall County commissioners approved on Monday.

June 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials to vote on 2017 budget proposal Monday

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on a proposed 2017 fiscal year budget that includes no property tax increases and earmarks money ...

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jubilee Farm community garden provides food to homeless, hungry

It took some time for Jubilee Farm, a community garden located at the corner of Davis and Pine streets in the industrial area of Gainesville ...

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Jason Everett can barely stand to look at the jail in midtown Gainesville, but it's hard not to notice on his way to work.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County is facing further court action in a dispute over bonds that were issued to pay for sidewalks in three subdivisions.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents offer input on managing growth

Everyone knows the growth is coming.

June 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public input needed for Hall's comprehensive plan update

Hall County is moving forward with its comprehensive plan update to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are encouraging residents to join the ...

June 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials unveil 2017 budget proposal, which includes employee raises, no property tax increase

The public got its first look Monday at Hall County's proposed 2017 fiscal year budget, which includes no property tax increases and earmarks money ...

June 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ministries seek to help homeless under bridge, resource list compiled

As spring gives way to summer, the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville becomes more crowded, a desolate place to rest for ...

June 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water loss from leaks can drain big bucks from cities, customers

Gainesville recovered nearly 59 million gallons of water in the first five years of a leak detection program, saving an estimated $126,000 in the ...

June 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State lawmakers ponder tax break for music industry

A legislative working group, perhaps hoping to spawn the next Allman Brothers Band, REM or Outkast, will review possible tax incentives for the Georgia music ...

June 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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