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Justice officials fire Gainesville youth center officer

The Department of Juvenile Justice fired a Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center corrections officer Thursday, claiming he had an inappropriate relationship with an Athens teenager living at the facility.

February 03, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Hoax sparks bill to toughen false reporting penalties

In 2009, Hall County and state authorities spent hundreds of hours and countless taxpayer dollars to track down the "catchmekiller" who claimed to have murdered several people.

February 03, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Law agencies in Gainesville, Hall train for hostage crisis

Gainesville and Hall County authorities got a glimpse Friday morning of what it's like to respond to a dangerous hostage situation.

February 03, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Warm weather could be bad for plant life

If the recent trend of warm temperatures continues, people who suffer from springtime allergies could be in for an early season of torment.

February 02, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Wildlife skipping winter slumbers

Gen. Beauregard Lee waddled outside his "Weathering Heights" mansion Thursday to a sunny, warm, springlike day. The only problem was it's not spring and it won't officially be for nearly two months.

February 02, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Gas prices on the rise again

Like any other business owner, Joey Libasci cringes at the thought of increasing gas prices.

February 02, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


High temperatures possible cause for increase in rabies cases

A mild winter could be leading to an increase in rabies cases, David Jones said.

January 31, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Course teaches women to defend against attackers

Growing up as a child, Paul Kent constantly would see his mother upset after coming home from her job interacting with victims of sexual assaults.

January 31, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Senate bill would allow hunters to use silencers

BALDWIN - A proposed Georgia Senate bill would end the state's ban on silencers for hunting firearms to make for a quieter hunting experience.

January 29, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Bill could offer 2nd chance after DUI charge

One too many drinks nearly cost Justin Blackstock a chance at living out his dream job of teaching English.

January 29, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Judge’s views differ on banishment

Judges often deal with their courtrooms as do parents with a house full of unruly children.

January 28, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Gainesville councilwoman’s home is again burglarized

Burglars stole more than $5,000 worth of jewelry Thursday night from the home of Gainesville City Councilwoman Ruth Bruner, according to a police report.

January 27, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


East Hall students seek to unveil a secret

Despite their efforts, parents sometimes aren't aware of what's going on in their teens' lives. And one thing that could be going on is depression.

January 27, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


North Hall County out of drought

A state drought monitor released today indicates North Hall County is no longer suffering from drought conditions that have plagued much of the county for nearly eight months.

January 27, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


False bomb threat reported at Gainesville Walmart

Police briefly evacuated the Gainesville Walmart on Thursday after someone called in a bomb threat.

January 26, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


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