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Ballot study would explore government merger for Gainesville-Hall County

Voters will have their say on Election Day about a little political posturing and a long simmering difference of opinion between Hall County and Gainesville officials.

October 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Silver lining emerges for homeless as some take advantage of shelters, programs

Help for the homeless living beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville has finally gained traction nearly three weeks after city officials and local law enforcement announced plans to sweep and close the encampment.

October 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting in Hall beats expectations

About 8,000 Hall County voters cast their ballots this week for the presidency and local races, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee, a larger-than-expected turnout for the first week of early voting.

October 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commission candidates lay out plans for economic growth, taxes

Candidates for the District 4 seat on the Hall County Commission made their cases to voters Tuesday night at a question-and-answer forum at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center in Gainesville.

October 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


75-acre subdivision proposal in West Hall tabled

A proposed 75-acre subdivision near Lake Lanier in West Hall was tabled Monday at the Hall County Planning Commission meeting.

October 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jeff Stowe, Angela Middleton battle for District 4 seat in Hall County

Democrat Angela Thomas Middleton will challenge incumbent Republican Jeff Stowe for the District 4 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners this election season, and battle lines are being drawn around the south side of Gainesville.

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Connecting homeless to help a challenge ahead of deadline to leave encampment

The goodwill of local nonprofits, shelters and missions may be up to the task of supporting the area's homeless, but meeting the need on the street's terms is a challenge bereft with starts and stops.

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


South Hall voters get contested state House race

This election season, Democrat Michelle Jones will give incumbent Republican Emory Dunahoo his first challenge in State House District 30, which represents areas of South Hall.

October 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local real estate market strong, but supply low

As the local and regional real estate market continues to steady itself following the economic recession, one glaring problem remains in Hall County: the need for affordable housing.

October 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote on Mincey Marble plant expansion set for Thursday

The proposed rezoning needed for a West Hall manufacturer to build a new plant drew only silence Monday at a work session of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

October 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘We need to tell our story:’ Residents say goodbye to Atlanta Street

Willie Mitchell has made educating children his life's mission, but he laments failings that he believes contributed to the breakdown of social bonds at the public housing complex on Atlanta Street in Gainesville.

October 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Record haul at golf fundraiser to put 3 families in new homes

Three local families were surprised to learn Thursday evening that they are the beneficiaries of this year's Medical Center Open golf tournament, which raised a record $282,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's mission to provide affordable housing.

October 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council votes against sober home for men

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday denied a special use request for a sober living home for men after neighborhood residents raised concerns about safety.

October 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Homeless have until Oct. 21 to vacate Queen City Bridge

Tensions ran high as Gainesville Police moved Monday afternoon to begin clearing a homeless encampment beneath the Queen City Bridge.

October 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax credit for low-income workers could be part of broader package

More than 18,000 Hall County families would benefit from a state-level tax credit that supports low-income workers, according to research from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, infusing about $4.3 million into the local economy.

October 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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