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Hall 911 systems getting upgrades

Hall County's emergency 911 systems will soon get some long-awaited improvements, beginning with upgrades to the main phone network.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing in ‘huge demand’

Inventory is short and competition is fierce for affordable rental housing in Hall County's urban cores, according to local real estate professionals.

July 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


LGBT community looks to educate, break free from red tape after landmark ruling

Dianna and Cher Singleton of Flowery Branch married in 2012. Now, that union is recognized in Georgia.

July 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council plans to OK stormwater plan

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to approve an agreement Tuesday with an Atlanta engineering consultant to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program, which includes implementing a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

July 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Both sides dig in over Gainesville at-large voting

The debate about whether to change Gainesville's at-large voting system boiled over Thursday at a meeting of city officials, and the two sides of the dispute appear to be growing more entrenched, even while others call for additional dialogue on the issue.

July 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Surgeon scorecard ranks number of complications from elective procedures

Infections, blood clots and misaligned orthopedic devices are among the complications that can arise from common elective procedures, such as hip and knee replacements and gallbladder and prostate removal.

July 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Catholic church moving ahead with plans for new campus

A growing population of Catholics in the area may soon have a new parish in Gainesville.

July 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia takes a bite out of Hollywood

Georgia's not yet Hollywood, but the state's tax incentives have charmed a number of big-budget movie productions to relocate from the West Coast to the New South in recent years.

July 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposal would ban driver’s licenses for some young immigrants

Like many young adults, Diana Paola Vela-Martinez's life blossomed when she received her driver's license. The world truly opened up to her then.

July 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cannabis oil offers local mom, son, a new life

Hawk's gray eyes sometimes change from a light green to a slate blue as if reflecting his mood.

July 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville councilwoman Figueras could still be contender

When Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras, long the lone African-American representative among the city's elected leadership, announced last month that she would retire and not seek re-election to another four-year term this fall, it seemed like the beginning of the end of an era.

July 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech relocation search now in hands of state officials

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College within Hall County is now in the hands of state officials, and it is hoped that final acquisition of property to build a new campus will occur no later than early 2016.

July 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local GOP, Gainesville City Council push back on calls to change electoral system

Local Republicans and Gainesville City Council members pushed back at a public meeting Tuesday against calls to change the city's voting process, highlighting what has become a contentious campaign issue ahead of elections this fall.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville city attorney plans to retire

Gainesville City Attorney James "Bubba" Palmour announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year and not seek reappointment for 2016.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court ruling on sign restrictions plays out in Hall

Hall County will issue a moratorium Thursday on sign permits after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upended restrictions on some local government ordinances that ostensibly curtail free speech rights.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Swift change comes at top of Gainesville's leadership

It's all happened so fast, faster than some could have believed just the other day.

July 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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