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Ga. Democrats to focus on economy, health care, civil rights

Georgia Democrats have put the economy, health care and civil rights at the top of their legislative agenda for 2015 as they try to make inroads with state voters for future elections.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Deal aims to cement legacy in second term

While Gov. Nathan Deal has not yet revealed specific plans for his second term - those details will come this week during several speeches he is prepared to deliver, including Monday's inaugural and Wednesday's the State of the State address - the broad aspects of his agenda become clear in his last go-round as Georgia's chief executive, and likely his last hurrah in politics.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lake Lanier residents oppose Hall County tax board member

Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?

January 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakeshore Mall pulls request for tax funds

Owners of the Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville have pulled their request for nearly $2 million in tax subsidies to support ongoing renovations.

January 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




S. Hall subdivision moving ahead with fewer homes

Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision spanning the Hall and Gwinnett county line have been scaled back after a Winder-based developer met with local residents seeking to reduce the project's density.

January 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials waver on choosing new credit card vendor

The Hall County Board of Commissioners might delay a vote this week on whether to hire a new vendor to handle processing of credit and debit card payments.

January 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County employees clinic, pharmacy to open today

Doors open early this morning at the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees, at 2434 Old Cornelia Highway in Rabbittown.

January 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Analysis: Hall leaders reflect on turbulent era, look ahead to 2015 challenges

Ringing in the New Year often comes with both reflection and anticipation, looking back on what was and looking ahead to what might be.

January 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County’s first born of 2015 comes early

It seems Kelan Reece Hollis just couldn't wait to enter the world any longer.

January 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A look ahead: Top local government stories to watch in 2015

One look into the crystal ball reveals several top local government stories to watch in 2015, though there are always sure to be surprises when it comes to city and county politics and policy.

December 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's elected mayor has influential role in 1st year

With the introduction of Gainesville's first elected mayor in 2014, the dynamics on the City Council shifted, playing out in several crucial and controversial votes.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Governor names Miller a floor leader for 2015

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, was named Tuesday as Gov. Nathan Deal's senior floor leader in the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

December 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2014 proves positive for area economic development

Growth in retail, housing permits and jobs marked a turnaround for the local economy in 2014, according to a year-in-review report issued Monday by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

December 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Health care jobs among fastest-growing occupations in state

Certain industries seem inherently fraught with political controversy. Big oil. Big pharma. Big government.

December 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Habitat for Humanity dedicates 50th home

"Thank you," said Maxine Harvey, tears welling in her eyes as she stood on the front porch of her new home on Desota Street in Gainesville on Friday afternoon.

April 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Commercial property owners next in line to protest tax reassessments

It's déjà vu all over again, except with a little twist.

April 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rally raises awareness about suicide among veterans

"I know that lonely, dark feeling," said Chris Dorsey, an Iraq War veteran from Winder.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Square plantings showcase new garden

Earth Day got off to a good start in Gainesville on Wednesday as members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and city representatives gathered in the downtown square to plant flowers and other vegetation.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A world of differences among environmental issues

While environmental issues are more ingrained in the public mind than ever, Earth Day isn't treated with the same level of gravitas in America that it was when first celebrated 45 years ago today, according to some local academics and activists.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal aid to offset local costs of ice storm clean up

President Barack Obama has allocated federal aid funding to assist Hall County and other regions affected by an ice storm in mid-February, which toppled trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Banks County deputy injured in hit-and-run

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Outreach Center plans rally to raise awareness of veteran suicides

The North Georgia Veteran's Outreach Center will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in the downtown Gainesville square to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Commercial land sees biggest increase in tax valuations this year

Hall County has now mailed residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture property tax assessments, but most land and building owners will not see any change in valuation this year.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Party rental space, mobile home relocation on planning committee agenda

With restaurants, auto mechanics and small retail shops - among many others - already operating along Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, the busy thoroughfare crossing between predominantly Latino neighborhoods is one of the most diverse business districts in all of Hall County.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigating local tax return fraud

Gainesville police are investigating a man with a history of fraud charges in a possible scam to steal tax refunds from local clients.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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