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Elections officials prep for heavy turnout in May primaries

Hall County elections officials are gearing up for what is expected to be a large turnout in the May primaries, with a sample ballot now available for voters to review before casting their ballot.

April 05, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Agencies work to end cyclical poverty in community

With a jobless rate below 5 percent, the Gainesville metro region is faring better than most communities across the state and nation.

April 04, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


9th Congressional District GOP primary debate set for Saturday

The Hall County GOP will host a Republican primary debate for U.S. 9th Congressional District candidates this Saturday in Gainesville.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street rezoning hearing nears as redevelopment awaits

Formal plans to redevelop the Atlanta Street public housing complex in Gainesville will come before the city planning and appeals board April 12.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Facing mental illness head-on may help afflicted veterans cope

Just getting through life sometimes requires finding good in an otherwise bad situation.

April 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville parks department lays out budget request as public hearings near

With property tax revenues in Gainesville up a projected 9.34 percent, the city Parks and Recreation department is looking for more than $4.5 million in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, to support ongoing programs and expansion plans.

April 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's Airport Parkway to become one-way loop to ease traffic jams

Gainesville officials are poised to make changes to the traffic flow along Airport Parkway to alleviate congestion around the industrial park after businesses, including Mansfield Oil, brought the issue to the city's attention.

March 31, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG series spotlights issues for undocumented students

Perhaps facts and figures can't compete with raw emotion when it comes to fixing what Democrats and Republicans agree is a broken national immigration system.

March 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


How law enforcement helps when mental illness, criminal activity intersect

In many parts of the United States, including here in Gainesville and Hall County, law enforcement agencies have become de facto mental health care providers.

March 29, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local leaders have mixed reaction to Deal's promise to veto 'religious liberty' bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that he will veto a controversial "religious liberty" bill, arguing that the First Amendment was protection enough for the concerns raised by some Christians after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year.

March 28, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Survey aims to end homelessness among veterans

The number of homeless military veterans across the United States - at least 50,000 in January 2014 and 48,000 in January 2015, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness - underscores the devastating mental, emotional and physical wounds of war that afflict the nation's heroes long after the battle ends.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville High students aim to help homeless with 'tiny homes'

There are an estimated 200 or more homeless individuals in and around Gainesville, according to local officials and nonprofit agencies, a glaring total for a community of its size.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Religious liberty’ bill debate: Protecting rights or ‘veiling discrimination’?

The "religious liberty" bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature or veto is confusing and controversial to some, and clear and righteous to others.

March 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County expanding program to rehab vacant homes, blighted properties

Hall County officials are expanding the target area of a federally funded housing rehabilitation program to increase the supply of affordable homes for low-income families in unincorporated communities, including in the northern and western parts of the county.

March 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Buford Corn Maze, Buffington Farm Road subdivision up for Hall zoning approval

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote tonight on several rezoning requests that, if approved, would expand business in South Hall and add a new subdivision off Buffington Farm Road.

March 24, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Gainesville to reopen its public housing waiting list

The Gainesville Housing Authority is reopening its waiting list for public housing in February.

January 22, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area women join worldwide marches against new administration

Wearing pink, pointy-eared hats to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets in the nation's capital ...

January 21, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch residents in D.C. for inauguration not deterred by protesters

For Flowery Branch residents Ben and Jessica Frye the inauguration of President Donald Trump was a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth family honored to witness inauguration in D.C.

Though the atmosphere at Friday's presidential inauguration was subdued, even solemn, the joy experienced by the O'Neal family, who live in Forsyth County ...

January 20, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pattillo continues development in Hall despite recent contract termination

A purchase and sales agreement for the Gainesville Business Park has been terminated at the request of the developer, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate's holding ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Development authority extends Glades lease

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has extended a lease management agreement between the agency, Hall County government and Glade Farm LLC while an ...

January 19, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deshaun Watson Drive coming soon

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board has given its OK to renaming Touchdown Drive outside Gainesville High School to Deshaun Watson Drive.

January 17, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


March honors, seeks to continue work of Martin Luther King Jr.

With each passing year the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday takes on an urgent new meaning.

January 16, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latino immigrants seek to maintain heritage while thriving in US

For young Latino immigrants in Gainesville and Hall County, there is a growing sense that they are standing on the threshold of a shift so ...

January 15, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Black business brunch highlights minority entrepreneurs

From the Newtown neighborhood to Morningside Heights, black-owned businesses have a long, proud history in Gainesville.

January 14, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends hopes to benefit as Deal eyes funding for early child care

One little boy smiles and makes eye contact with anyone who calls his name, blows kisses to his teacher and happily munches his lunch of ...

January 12, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal keeping focus on school fixes after defeat at ballot

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state ...

January 11, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Advocates still want elder abuse registry

The Georgia Council on Aging is once again pushing for state lawmakers to expand an elder abuser registry, and it's one of five critical ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative study committees tackle prescription drug abuse, music incentives, internet access

Legislation is emerging from several study committees formed last year by state lawmakers looking to address a drug epidemic and economic development in Georgia, and ...

January 10, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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