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Stowe, Phillips in primary battle for County Commission District 4 seat

Incumbent Jeff Stowe will face Troy Phillips in the Hall County Commission District 4 Republican primary this month, with the winner facing Democratic challenger Angela Middleton in the November general election.

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Temporary hiring OK’d for critical needs in Gainesville government

Hoping to maintain service levels when an employee abruptly leaves, Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey has been given the authority to approve temporary hiring for up to 60 days on a case-by-case basis.

May 03, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gailey, Higgins vying to be chairman of Hall Board of Commissioners

The chair of the Hall County Board of Commissioners has just one vote, worth the same as other members, but the role does call for certain leadership qualities.

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Habitat for Humanity invites women to help build in May

Building Director Tim Williams called out safety instructions to dozens of volunteers Monday morning from his perch on a muddy mound adjacent to a home under construction.

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal has until end of Tuesday to decide whether to veto ‘campus carry’ legislation

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged Monday morning during a budget signing ceremony in Hall County that Georgians are anxiously awaiting his decision on whether to veto a bill passed in the General Assembly this year that lifts a weapons ban on the state's public college campuses.

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal touts Lanier Tech expansion in signing state budget

Gov. Nathan Deal flew into Hall County by helicopter Monday morning to sign the $23.7 billion state budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1, landing at the site where Lanier Technical College will relocate in the coming years.

May 02, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County wins suit over sidewalk construction

Hall County government has won a summary judgment lawsuit against Selective Insurance Company of America Inc. for uncollected bond payments on sidewalk construction in three subdivisions - Grandview Estates, Ellison Farm Estates and Flat Stone Overlook.

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Buildings and costs on the rise together in Hall County

The first sign that new residential and commercial development in an area is strong shows when construction costs begin to rise.

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Primary ballot questions are self-fulfilling, nonbinding

School vouchers have long been a policy prize for Republicans, and now the proposal is getting new life on the May 24 primary ballot.

May 01, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall’s population boom to 300K by 2040 brings challenges

If the Atlanta Regional Commission's projections come true, Hall County's population will grow dramatically over the next 25 years.

April 30, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


More unemployed residents set to lose their food stamp benefits

Nearly 200 Hall County residents have lost their food stamp benefits since the beginning of the year after a work requirement was reinstated.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atlanta Street public housing residents struggle to find affordable homes with vouchers

The move from Atlanta Street is proving to be a mixed blessing for several single mothers.

April 27, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water, Glades’ fate flow at GOP debate among Hall commission candidates

Water is life. In Hall County, it's also money.

April 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Student spending: Hall, Gainesville below state, national averages

Georgia spends less per student than the national average, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said. And Hall County and Gainesville schools fall below even state averages.

April 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners candidates debate tonight

Election season hits full throttle tonight as Republican primary candidates for three Hall County Board of Commissioners seats debate in a forum before early voting kicks off on Monday.

April 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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