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The Local Agenda: Council to vote on Ahaluna development tonight
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Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an annexation and rezoning request that, if approved, will allow for the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America’s Home Place, is asking Gainesville to annex about 70 acres and rezone another 32 acres in order to proceed with building the subdivision.

The city’s planning and appeals board has given its approval to the controversial development, which residents in the Ahaluna Drive area, as well as Hall County officials, vehemently oppose.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway. 

Veterans Day events coming up

The United States honors its military veterans and those currently serving on the front lines.

The annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade will be held Saturday beginning at 11:11 a.m. along Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard.

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In Gainesville, a local Vietnam veterans group is planning to place the names of Marine Lance Cpl. Fred Buffington and Army Pvt. 1st Class Kenneth Gibbs on a memorial monument in a ceremony on Veterans Day at Rock Creek Veterans Park.

Are you a military veteran with a story to tell? Do you have a family member who served honorably in the nation’s armed forces?

If so, The Times would like to hear from you in advance of Veterans Day. Contact reporters Jeff Gill, 770-718-3408, or Joshua Silavent, 770-718-3426.

Hall Chamber sets events for next week

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Success Seminar is scheduled from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Lanier Tech Manufacturing Development Center (Featherbone Communiversity), 999 Chestnut St. in Gainesville.

Local businesses create an impact when they step out into the local area and region at trade shows and networking events. Learn marketing tips on how to create an extravaganza for your company when attendees enter the room.

The seminar is free for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.

Meanwhile, the chamber’s sixth annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Nov. 13.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattahoochee Country Club with awards honoring local industry leaders.

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, will be the keynote speaker.

“Honoring the best of the best in manufacturing, processing and distributing acknowledges the impact industry has in the area,” Chamber Existing Industry Vice President Shelley Davis said in a statement. “Some 26 percent of Hall County’s workforce is represented in goods producing.”

The event costs $35 for chamber members and $50 for guests.

Call Amanda Lewis at 770-532-6206, ext. 111, to make reservations, or email

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