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Tourism industry at record levels in Hall

The economic impact of Hall County's tourism industry reached a record high of $282.9 million in 2014, according to the most recent report released this week by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and U. S. Travel Association.

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minority neighborhoods exist along clear lines in Hall

The streets are narrow in some of Gainesville's poorest neighborhoods. There are no traffic lights there, only stop signs and railroad crossings and dump trucks rumbling through.

January 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public housing provides affordable homes, but hard environment

Public housing can seem like both a blessing and a curse to those who call the projects home.

January 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Many local rental spaces leave residents frustrated with rundown conditions

While availability and cost impedes access to affordable housing, the poor physical condition of many units in Gainesville reveals the need to overhaul the existing stock.

January 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Comprehensive plan updates will include new focus on housing

Affordable housing will be a major consideration when Hall County and other local cities begin the arduous process this year of updating their comprehensive plans, which will guide and manage growth until 2040.

January 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gun control proposal would require training for carry license

A bill before the state legislature that would enact bans on assault rifles if passed has generated lots of buzz and controversy in recent weeks.

January 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Housing leaders say Hall County lacks sustainable supply of affordable housing

In real estate, "location, location, location" is the old adage that wins the day.

January 23, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habersham officials violated open meetings, records laws, court rules

A judge has found that Habersham County officials failed to comply with the state's open meetings and records laws.

January 22, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County rejects bilingual ballot request

Calls for Hall County to provide Spanish-language ballots for voters in the next election cycle have been rebuked by local officials despite threats to take the issue to court.

January 21, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville acquiring kits to battle overdoses

The Gainesville Police Department is now taking an extra step to combat heroin and prescription drug overdoses by teaming with the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation to acquire 82 naloxone kits, which reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

January 19, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


MLK celebrations in Gainesville push tradition forward

They came. They marched. They sang. They honored.

January 18, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes to state transportation tax bill unlikely

State lawmakers from Hall County believe there is little chance changes will be made this year to the transportation tax bill that will fund Gov. Nathan Deal's 10-year, $10 billion plan to improve Georgia's roads and bridges.

January 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rise in deportations leaves local Latinos worried, suspicious

A spike in families and children arriving at the U.S. southern border from Central America has prompted fears of another crisis like the one that dominated national news during the summer of 2014.

January 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Martin Luther King Jr. events keep the dream alive

The Newtown Florist Club, the historic civil rights advocacy organization in Gainesville, has revived the Martin Luther King holiday celebrations for 2016, including a day of volunteer action, worship services and a unity march through the city.

January 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County OKs new development, gets support from Gainesville for Tumbling Creek bridge

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning Thursday needed for the construction of 99 homes off Cool Springs and Chestatee roads in northwest Hall.

January 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


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State House, Senate split on new medical cannabis bill

With hearings kicking off this week in the state legislature over a proposed bill to allow the in-state cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, the ...

January 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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