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Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street and the front lines of poverty, crime

The signs are everywhere around Peppers Market, at the corner of Atlanta Street and EE Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

June 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville approves pay study, raises for current employees

On average, employees of the city of Gainesville earn 7.7 percent less for entry level pay than their counterparts elsewhere in the state, and 2.1 percent below market at the middle of each pay grade, according to the results of a new study released Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical marijuana registry, commission now up and running

Tuesday was a landmark day in Georgia for supporters of medical marijuana.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business license fees likely going up

Hall County officials are moving forward with changes to the fee schedule for business licenses, which will both simplify the rate structure and slightly increase costs.

June 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area residents brace for latest challenge to federal health law

A ruling in the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act is likely this month, and local consumers, businesses and government are bracing for the potential fallout if the verdict goes against the federal health law.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local family business highlights growth of immigrant entrepreneurs

Edgar Medrano, 23, shakes his head in amazement when thinking about the history of his family's business.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Man arrested after car chase, foot pursuit

A Gainesville man was arrested Saturday night for alleged assault on a peace officer, DUI and child endangerment following a car chase and foot pursuit through the city.

June 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville Councilwoman Figueras will not seek re-election

Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras announced that she will not seek re-election this fall during a community meeting Saturday morning.

June 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habitat for Humanity of Hall County moves forward with development of new subdivison

Hall County has allocated $45,000 to finish paving Baker Road, which juts off Candler Road.

June 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials weigh tax increase

Commercial property owners are bracing for the financial burden of reassessments on land and building values this year as Hall County officials weigh the option of a tax increase.

June 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall moves forward with scrapping Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to disband the Civil Service Board, which hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees, in favor of a single administrative hearing officer.

June 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Latinos, African-Americans to rally Monday to end at-large voting in Gainesville

Latino and African-American political organizers will meet Monday afternoon for what is being called a historic alliance to protest Gainesville's at-large voting system.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court upholds federal insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive federal tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance in a ruling Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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