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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to give final OK on brewery today
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Gainesville City Council is expected to give the final go-ahead needed for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area when it meets tonight.

In a 4-2 vote earlier this month, council supported rezoning a brick warehouse at the corner of Maple and Parker streets, near Wild Wing Café, from general business to light industrial.

That’s where Pap Datta, a Forsyth County resident and former Hewlett-Packard executive, wants to build the brewery of his dreams.

The council also voted to amend its alcoholic beverage ordinance, which allows for the licensing of a brewery.

Council members George Wangemann and Bob Hamrick voted against the brewery, primarily as an objection to its name, which they said is indecent.

Council will also hold a final reading to amend its recreation and parks ordinance.

Changes include prohibitions on biking, skating or other activities on city tennis courts, as well as language meant to crack down on vandalism at city parks.

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

Turnout steady in first week of early voting

The first week of early voting in Hall County saw strong voter turnout, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee, with 2,861 votes cast.

About 450 voters cast ballots during the first day of early voting alone.

In addition, 870 absentee ballots have been returned.

Sosebee said about 1,700 absentee ballots have been mailed thus far.

Absentee ballots can be requested prior to an Oct. 31 deadline.

Sosebee said she expects turnout to be around 60 percent of registered voters this general election.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Oct. 31, and also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: