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Chicopee Mill road project step closer to fruition

Gainesville City Council is prepared to enter into an agreement next week with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for construction of a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open property for development.

July 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County postpones SPLOST vote until March

Hall County has officially postponed a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax until March.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County approves contracts for Cherokee Bluffs park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts Thursday for infrastructure work, design and construction of Cherokee Bluffs park.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones

Georgia's new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Independent in Hall County commissioner’s race fails to qualify

Steven Ellis has called off the dogs.

July 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Delay of Glades Reservoir report proving costly to Hall County

The latest delay of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Glades Reservoir will likely cost Hall County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Churches weigh OKing guns on premises

Churchgoers in Gainesville remain divided about the state's sweeping new gun law that took effect July 1.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Unfunded state mandates concern Hall officials

In the debate leading to the Hall County Board of Commissioners approving a $90.27 million spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year last month, little attention was given to how much unfunded state mandates would impact the budget.

July 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire burns waste and recycling yard

Gainesville and Hall County firefighters battled a debris blaze Sunday afternoon at the Gainesville Waste and Recycling yard on Old County Dump Road.

July 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades

The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost of freedom: Families sacrifice as loved ones serve

The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter working in factories and keeping the country's economic engine running while young men fought overseas in World War II remains a staple of American lore.

July 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to get $1 million for housing project

Gainesville has accepted a $1 million grant from the state to build affordable homes in the city.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sales tax vote may be pushed back to spring

Local government officials are considering delaying a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax from this fall to spring 2015.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront property tax appeals below forecast

Lakefront homeowners across Hall County have vowed in recent weeks to appeal the latest reassessments on their property, and now the final tally is in.

July 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first OK to assisted living facility, home development

Gainesville City Council approved a zoning amendment Tuesday that will allow developer John Roberts to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tumbling Circle accident history in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

The World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent's lucrative market.

October 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Subdivision moving forward despite resident concerns

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has recommended approval of an annexation and rezoning request that will allow for the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

October 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early voting gets off to busy start

Hall County voters steadily poured into the elections office at the Government Center in Gainesville on Monday morning to cast their ballots in the general election.

October 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ahaluna Heights residents ready to challenge proposed development

Residents of the Ahaluna Heights Neighborhood Association are ready to voice their concerns over plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, when the planning and appeals board meets Tuesday.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tight battle looms for open Senate seat

When Republican Saxby Chambliss announced last year that he would not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, a long list of GOP candidates began lining up to succeed him.

October 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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