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Explosions, now legal, have county officials looking for silence

The explosions down the road, rocking nearby homes, knocking out windows and scaring off pets, would have alarmed residents in this rural part of North Hall if they didn't already come to expect the sound.

November 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville City Council runoff to test finalists’ outreach efforts

Will local Latinos decide the election? Will turnout keep pace? What role will current officials play?

November 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Fundraiser brings out top officials to support Sen. Butch Miller

It was a night of glad-handing, back-slapping and baby-kissing at the Robson Event Center in downtown Gainesville Thursday - a politician's dream.

November 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

OSHA safety program targets local poultry plants, workers

Thirty years ago the poultry industry had a well-earned reputation for poor worker safety, and though the trend lines have changed significantly in the last two decades, federal regulators want to do more to reduce injury and illness on the job.

November 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Facebook criminal justice forum led by Ashley Bell to feature presidential candidates

Gainesville attorney and former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell has launched a national, bipartisan initiative to address criminal justice reform and today announced a partnership with social media giant Facebook to host a forum on the subject this month with 2016 presidential candidates.

November 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Queen City homeless camp devastated by heavy rains

The homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville has flooded before. But this time seems worse than ever.

November 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Turnout continues to lag in Hall County, only 9 percent Tuesday

Voter turnout in local elections continues to be poor across Hall County.

November 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall education sales tax passes easily

Voters across Hall County on Tuesday approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax to fund education-related projects for local schools.

November 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Zack Thompson earns Ward 2 Gainesville council seat; Ward 3 goes to runoff

Zack Thompson won election to the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council on Tuesday, while the Ward 3 race is headed to a Dec. 1 runoff.

November 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Sammy Smith retains Gainesville school board post

Sammy Smith easily won re-election Tuesday to another term to the Ward 5 post on the Gainesville Board of Education.

November 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

New Dunkin’ Donuts coming to old Yonah Burger location

Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to allow Dunkin' Donuts to move into the old Yonah Burger location on Thompson Bridge Road across from the shopping center anchored by Publix.

November 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Thompson Bridge rezoning foreshadows more commercial development

The reach of commercial development along Thompson Bridge Road is not limited to the portion that runs through the Gainesville city limits.

November 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Latino voters face 'barriers' at polls

Perhaps you showed up at the wrong polling precinct or forgot your photo identification.

November 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Lackey excited, challenged by new role as Gainesville city manager

For Bryan Lackey, it helps to have ties to a place he will soon call both home and office.

November 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Permitting decision on Glades Reservoir scheduled for next fall

Mark your calendars. A timeline is finally taking shape to determine the fate of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

October 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent

Quiz: Learn more about your neighbors in Hall County

The U.S. Census Bureau is perhaps best known for its population estimates.

November 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Working class whites in Hall not immune to economic hardships

Brian Aycock, like so many Americans, is only one big expense away from breaking the bank.

November 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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