Despite recent job growth across Georgia and the nation, Hall County has only recovered to prerecession levels in one of four key economic indicators, according to a new study released this week.
Difficulty finding qualified firefighters has prompted the Gainesville Fire Department to request expanding its recruit school.
Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to support substantial new funding for public education, transportation projects and child welfare reform in his State of the State speech Wednesday at the Capitol in Atlanta.
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday once again recommended a rezoning be denied for the proposed development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.
Gov. Nathan Deal was sworn in for a second term Monday inside the state Capitol in Atlanta with the promise of "a new term, a new vision, a new mandate," and said he would spend the next four years committed to criminal justice and educational reforms.
Widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative spokesman for 2015.
The Hall County Board of Education failed to disclose an apparent conflict of interest for one of its members last month when it approved the purchase of land for the World Language Academy campus on Winder Highway in Flowery Branch, and agreed on a price about three times the county's assessed value on the property.
Though medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of U.S. states, and while marijuana can be used for recreational use in four states plus the District of Columbia, Georgia lawmakers appear hesitant to follow suit.
For every buzzword tossed about in recent years when talking about the economy, there is an equal and opposite epithet. And, sometimes, which is which depends on whom you're asking.
Georgia Democrats have put the economy, health care and civil rights at the top of their legislative agenda for 2015 as they try to make inroads with state voters for future elections.
While Gov. Nathan Deal has not yet revealed specific plans for his second term - those details will come this week during several speeches he is prepared to deliver, including Monday's inaugural and Wednesday's the State of the State address - the broad aspects of his agenda become clear in his last go-round as Georgia's chief executive, and likely his last hurrah in politics.
Remember those "mad wet hens" protesting Hall County's property tax reassessments on their lakefront homes last year?
Owners of the Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville have pulled their request for nearly $2 million in tax subsidies to support ongoing renovations.
Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision spanning the Hall and Gwinnett county line have been scaled back after a Winder-based developer met with local residents seeking to reduce the project's density.
It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.