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Men's home on hold after residents voice concern

Plans to open a sober living home for men are on hold after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board failed to reach a quorum Tuesday.

August 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheats-Hester replaces Shippy on Hall County Elections Board

Gala Sheats-Hester, who works as the Fair Street International School bookkeeper, will replace Gabe Shippy on the Hall County Elections Board as a Democratic member.

August 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Ashley Bell joins Republican National Committee

Former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell has joined the Republican National Committee as a senior strategist and national director of African-American political engagement, a move that could direct his efforts back home to Georgia.

August 09, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gwinnett at-large voting suit could have implications for Gainesville

Minority voters in Gwinnett County can't elect local candidates of their choice because of unfairly drawn political districts, advocacy groups say, and they want a federal judge to order changes.

August 08, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Norton trying to start affordable rental trend with cottages

"Hold on, I'm walking into my office now," Frank Norton Jr., president and CEO of The Norton Agency real estate firm in Gainesville, said over the phone last Friday.

August 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


BULLI makes learning, friendship a lifelong endeavor

Sure, most of the 250 members of the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, or BULLI, are retired and enjoying their golden years.

August 06, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials on alert for Zika virus

Fears of the Zika virus spreading in the United States have reached critical mass as local public health officials and environmental advocates work to contain cases reported in Florida this week.

August 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local Latinos embrace technology to track police roadblocks

Latino immigrants have embraced new Spanish-language mobile technologies that track police roadblocks in an effort to limit interaction with law enforcement.

August 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newtown project aims to resurrect neighborhood values

When trash rides the wind like tumbleweeds down the residential streets of Gainesville's Newtown neighborhood, Delinda Luster wonders what outsiders must think.

July 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dahlonega nonprofit grows to preserve city’s history

Members of a Dahlonega nonprofit say they are expanding their reach to protect the city's historic charm and gold rush lore after losing the fight to preserve the Jeremiah Payne House, also known as the Parks Clothing building.

July 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Resource guide helps local families find help they need

The Hall County school system has released its 2016-17 Community Resource Guide, which includes telephone numbers, website addresses, locations and services of various local agencies.

July 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clinton accepts Democratic nomination, vows to be a unifier

Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world.

July 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Prayer service looks to promote unity between police, community in Gainesville

In keeping with a commitment to bring law enforcement, minorities and the wider community together, a prayer service is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Gainesville.

July 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street a ‘ghost town’ as families move out

"It's a ghost town around here," Ashley Moore said about the public housing complex on Atlanta Street in Gainesville.

July 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Summer heat puts strain on air conditioning in area

Cathy Rell's new apartment in Gainesville didn't have a working air conditioner when she moved in last year.

July 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Groups seek flexibility after changes in septic permitting

Harold Kilgore wants options. That was his message to the Hall County Board of Health on Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former state Rep. Carl Rogers joins Lanier Tech

Former state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is now the vice president of economic development at Lanier Technical College.

August 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Hall fire hydrants out of service since January; Gainesville officials working on solutions

A fire that destroyed a home in North Hall last week has left local government officials looking to calm fears about the risk to other ...

August 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newtown Day unites Gainesville's traditional African-American community

Aaron Christopher said he and his basketball teammates play "for love of the game."

August 20, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Privacy breach at Athens clinic gives pause to local providers

Local health care providers said they have taken note of a data breach at a clinic in Athens that exposed the private information and medical ...

August 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville looks to acquire insurance office for future downtown parking deck

Gainesville officials are looking to spend about $1.52 million to acquire a property along a central downtown corridor, with a parking lot in mind ...

August 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes continue at Gainesville airport with new public, private investment

Big changes continue at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville thanks to public and private investments in a hoped-for future that lures bigger and more ...

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


IRS office in Gainesville plans to implement appointments after complaints

Complaints about long lines and poor customer service at the local Internal Revenue Service office prompted U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to recently visit ...

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Can third-party presidential candidates gain traction?

The ups and downs of what many consider the strangest presidential election of their lifetime has produced a unique opportunity for third-party candidates to make ...

August 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Court ruling could halt Mar-Jac plant inspection

A local magistrate judge has recommended a warrant be quashed to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for potential worker-safety violations.

August 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville government merger will appear on fall ballot

Residents across Hall County will be asked on Election Day whether they want a study conducted to determine the cost and feasibility of consolidating local ...

August 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DEA ruling on marijuana frustrates activists

Better count Hall County resident Katie Harrison among the millions of Americans stung by the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision on Thursday to keep marijuana ...

August 11, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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