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Hall considers precinct reduction, polling location changes

Hall County is considering reducing the number of voting precincts and shifting some polling locations to lower costs, streamline operations and mitigate risk.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves zoning Catholic church

Gainesville City Council gave the final OK Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to proceed with building a church campus on Smith Road near the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-Hall Commissioner Steve Gailey will seek chairman’s post next year

Former Hall County Commissioner Steve Gailey will run for the chairman's post on the board in 2016.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestnut Mountain property no longer in contention for Lanier Tech relocation

One site considered for the planned relocation of Lanier Technical College appears to no longer be on the table.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lawsuit seeks more transparency in Habersham County government

A lawsuit alleging that the Habersham County Board of Commissioners and Habersham County Airport Authority violated open meetings and records laws on several occasions last year is scheduled to begin today in Clarkesville.

August 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local vape shops fume over potential FDA regulation

No longer are paper-rolled cigarettes - the tar-producing kind with tobacco and chemicals mixed into a potent, carcinogenic blend - the flavor of the week.

August 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lawsuit alleges racial slurs by neighbor

Years of racial epithets and threats from a neighbor forced a Gainesville family from their home recently, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Hall County Superior Court that tags city government as a defendant.

August 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County to outsource payroll, timekeeping

Hall County will outsource its timekeeping and payroll services to ADP, the nation's largest payroll services provider, in a move made Thursday that officials said will improve processing and reduce costs.

August 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to install electric car charging station near downtown

Growth in the electric car market has long been predicated on a chicken-or-egg problem: Will sales of electric vehicles spur the emergence of charging stations, or are the existence of charging stations necessary to drive sales?

August 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Senior advocates push for elder abuse registry, new transition services program

The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly had record turnout at a gathering last month to consider legislative priorities for 2016 and came away with two critical areas of focus: creating a registry to catalog and document abuse of the disabled and elderly, and providing more oral health care for seniors.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Railroads to miss deadlines for installing safety technology

Some freight rail lines and commuter trains chugging through Gainesville and Hall County are not likely to meet an end-of-year deadline to install safety technology that would prevent locomotives from speeding and potentially reduce collisions, derailments and other accidents.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville sets council qualifying dates, packets now available

Qualifying packets are now available for Gainesville's Nov. 3 City Council elections.

August 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's proposed restriction on where fireworks are sold has exceptions

Gainesville is pushing ahead with a plan to restrict where fireworks can be sold after the Planning and Appeals Board gave its support to a code amendment Tuesday night.

August 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to consider electric charging station downtown

Gainesville City Council will discuss a proposal to install an electric vehicle charging station downtown when it meets Thursday morning.

August 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Educational trail for kids coming to Laurel Park

Parks, playgrounds and trails are a lifeline for many Hall County families looking to escape the hectic trappings of work, after-school activities and constant digital connectivity.

August 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Housing redevelopment leaves disabled vet in the lurch

Willie Glenn rolls up to the curb in his electric wheelchair, glad to escape the "war zone" of construction that has enveloped his home in ...

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Another candidate emerges in Gainesville Ward 3 council race

Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More than 400 cases of dumping, litter reported across Hall

Hall County is growing more urban by the day, but there's still plenty of wide-open space for litterbugs to have their way.

August 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clearing the air: With origin found, officials work to stamp out stench

There's nothing like a stench to bring people together.

August 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council race for Ward 3 draws candidate

Lemuel Betancourt, 47, has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates want state tax credit for low-income workers on the table

Changes to the state tax code are possible when lawmakers convene in January for the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, but just who ...

August 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Verdict in lawsuit against Habersham officials will take time

A verdict in a lawsuit alleging that the Habersham County Board of Commissioners and Habersham County Airport Authority violated open meetings and records laws is ...

August 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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