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Gainesville officials weigh in on fire department concerns

After weeks of silence, top Gainesville officials are now speaking out about concerns that inadequate pay is causing attrition and low morale in the city fire department.

November 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Audit reveals systemic problems at ethics commission

An audit of the state ethics commission has revealed systemic problems, including inequitable handling of complaints, fines and investigations, within the agency.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials plan new SPLOST VII meetings

Hall County officials have announced they will host two additional public input meetings in an effort to generate interest and support for a new round of special purpose local option sales tax.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voter demographics reveal GOP’s success

So much for a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville firetruck undergoing precautionary repairs

The Gainesville Fire Department truck used to rescue three Hall County firefighters injured in July after falling 44 feet in a collapsing ladder is now undergoing repairs as a precaution against the same kind of accident.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County draws 56 percent of registered voters

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County on Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council gives initial OK to Ahaluna development

Gainesville City Council gave the initial OK on Tuesday night for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway, near the shores of Lake Lanier, after several concessions were made to area residents opposed to the size of the development.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Turnout steady across Hall

Turnout was steady at polling places across Hall County this Election Day as voters cast ballots in highly competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Polls: 5 things to know

1. You'll need a valid identification to vote, including one of the following: state or federal government employee photo ID; Georgia driver's license, even if expired; valid U.S. passport; valid U.S. military photo ID; or valid tribal photo ID.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Early problems reported on Election Day

Election Day troubles are mounting early in Hall County and across the state of Georgia.

November 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vote could be 1st step to cut income taxes

Georgia voters will decide whether to cap the state's income tax rate at 6 percent when they head to the polls Tuesday.

November 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal, Christie rally GOP faithful in Gainesville

Flanked by Republican allies on either side, Gov. Nathan Deal step forward on the stage, took to the microphone and basked in chants of "four more years" from the few hundred supporters gathered Saturday afternoon inside the Gainesville Civic Center.

November 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


‘Dark’ money pours into Ga. Senate race

Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is flush with spending from nonprofit agencies that keep their donors anonymous, making it one of the most expensive contests of the midterm elections.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's adult club loses alcohol license

The Top of Gainesville adult strip club has had its alcohol license suspended following a complaint that it was not serving food for a period of time.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board denies Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle drive-thru

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November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners' work session to consider tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has a full agenda for today's work session, including discussion about whether to finance tennis court repairs, whether to approve a supplement to a previously approved bond resolution with the Hospital Authority and whether to amend the malt beverage and wine code.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Faulty data has flagged Hall railroad crossing for closure

An investigation by The Times has revealed a pattern of misreporting data by state and federal authorities concerning the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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