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The Local Agenda: Mule Camp Market to limit traffic downtown
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As the 2012 Mule Camp Market approaches, the city of Gainesville is making plans to limit the vehicle traffic downtown.

The festival, Oct. 12-14, will be held in downtown Gainesville, and only pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the square.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 and ending 10 p.m. Oct. 14, the following streets will be closed to public traffic:

  • Washington Street at Green Street
  • Washington Street at Maple Street
  • Spring Street at Green Street
  • Spring Street at Maple Street
  • Main Street at Broad Street
  • Main Street alley behind north block of square
  • Bradford Street at alley behind north block of square

The Main Street parking lot will also be closed to public parking. Parking will be available at the Georgia Mountains Center, however.

The green area of the square will be designated for beer gardens.


Magazine honors Bell

Hall County Commissioner Ashley D. Bell has been selected as a Georgia Trend “40 under 40” in the magazine’s October issue.

Bell, a Hall County native and Gainesville High School graduate, was elected in 2008 at age 27 to become Hall’s youngest-ever commissioner and one of the youngest in Georgia.

A partner at Bell & Washington LLP in Gainesville, he also is a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“I am truly humbled and honored by this recognition,” Bell said. “This acknowledgement is a direct result of the wonderful opportunities afforded to me by the great citizens of Gainesville/Hall County.”

Georgia Trend’s 2012 honorees are the 16th group of rising stars under the age of 40 from all walks of life, as selected by the publication.


Residents say thanks for streetlights

The Hall County Board of Commissioners made a large group of residents happy Thursday when they approved streetlights for Barnes Drive and Floyd Road.

Residents particularly thanked Bell, their district commissioner, but others on the board and county staff, as well.

“One of the darkest places in Hall County would be Floyd Road,” said the Rev. Eddie Walker, speaking to the commissioners. “These lights will make the place safer for those who walk, and people are walking there all the time.”

He added: “There are other things we will be coming back to you on. We need sidewalks and everything else you put in neighborhoods.”

Bell told Walker and other residents who showed up for the action, “I know you have been working on this for a long time. I hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

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