Tag Archive for hall county news

Courthouse Perks


I promised to follow the Truth no matter where it leads which makes this one of the hardest articles that I have written. I was alerted to this story in a completely different context, but here I am. I have talked to several friends about this piece, and while I am not held to the…

What Is the Value of Life?


What is the value of life? That was the question offered by the chairman when some of the commissioners refused to give a blank check to the judicial system for a new courthouse. I ask, what is the value of security if what we have isn’t followed?

Go Where the Truth Leads You

If you have read any of my blog, I think it is obvious that I was not a journalism or English major. In fact, for most of my political career, my relationship with the media would have been best described as contentious and untrustworthy. As a blog, I am not held to some of the…

Happiest Guy in Gainesville


Yesterday afternoon Zach Thompson got great news. At the Gainesville City Council Meeting Tuesday afternoon, Bob Hamrick announced he was retiring and wouldn’t seek re-election. I am hoping the best for Bob Hamrick and his retirement. Enjoy the free time.

Monica Beatty Wins in Flowery Branch 102 – 73


Monica Beatty deals a harsh blow to the Dark Side of the Force in Flowery Branch. In a crushing 102 to 73 landslide, Ms Beatty beat Sith Lord Mike Miller’s hand picked candidate. I hear Emperor Andrews is a little stressed too. Ms Beatty, we wish you luck in your new position on the Council.…

Budget? We don’t need no stinking budget!


I believe the Commission Chairman has officially lost his mind. He now believes that TAX money grows on trees and budgets are for the birds and completely unnecessary. Is it his age or is it a symptom of him being a tax leach his whole life? Keep in mind he has been a government employee…

Counting to Four


Sometimes when I am at forums like the South Hall Republican Club listening to public officials, I can’t help but to think about what I want to write because there are times when it seems like they are addressing me, but I am not allowed to rebut; as was the case this past Tuesday when…

One for Three is Good in Baseball

Chairman Richard Mecum

After Flowery Branch increased taxes, followed by the Hall County School Board increasing taxes, the Hall County Commission eked out a narrow 3-2 vote to hold the line. So with this victory, you would think that there would have been some decreased spending with this rollback…. If you think they spent less, you would be…

Vickie Neikirk – FIRED


It is a fine line between resigning and being fired. Other than the fact that multiple sources have told me that Vickie Neikirk was actually fired there are clues. If someone shows up to work and blind sides their boss quitting with no notice they would surely not be paid a severance package. But if…