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Campaign makes tough times bearable for kids

When times are tough, sometimes the best way to brighten children's days is to give them something to love.

January 25, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Bill would offer repeat DUI offenders limited license

State lawmakers are pushing for a bill they say will benefit repeat DUI offenders on their roads to recovery and in turn help halt the state's growing prison population.

January 25, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Authorities hope to track pawned items electronically

With the blessing of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, the sheriff's office could begin using an electronic database to monitor items sold at local pawn shops and metal recyclers.

January 25, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Court budget restraints could be eased

An improving state financial outlook could mean a boost in funding to Hall County's judiciary after years of cutbacks.

January 23, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Cellphones smuggled into prisons alarm state officials

The Hall County Correctional Institute has encountered its share of what state officials call an "epidemic" of illegal cellphones being smuggled into Georgia prisons.

January 22, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Legislature may put teeth in dog law

Sometimes man's best friends have been known to lash out against people or other animals.

January 21, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Autopsy shows Brunn hanged himself

An autopsy performed Friday showed that Ryan Brunn, a Dahlonega man who confessed to killing a 7-year-old girl in Canton, hanged himself with his sweatshirt in his Butts County prison cell.

January 21, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Wreck victim flown from accident scene this morning

A Gainesville man was seriously injured in a Friday morning wreck on Browns Bridge Road near Serene Shores Drive.

January 20, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Gainesville police searching for 3 robbery suspects

Gainesville police officers are searching for three men suspected in the robbery of a downtown package store Friday afternoon.

January 20, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Authorities say Lula man hit pedestrian with his vehicle

Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Lula man Wednesday after they say he intentionally hit another man with his vehicle.

January 20, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Self-defense class to teach women to resist attacks

If statistics are correct, a woman has a high chance of being the victim of a sexual assault in her lifetime.

January 20, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Schools try to change behavior when students caught with drugs

Hall County and Gainesville City Schools both have a no-tolerance policy regarding drugs at school, but they attempt to change the students' behavior while they still can.

January 20, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Companies showcase services at expo

After a prolonged stretch of tough economic conditions, it seems to be a consensus that bright days of business are just around the corner.

January 19, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Business


Man injured in Lula house fire

A 25-year-old man received first and second degree burns from a house fire this morning in Lula, authorities said.

January 19, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Cab, delivery drivers targets of robberies

Delivery drivers and taxi drivers are not often considered dangerous professions, but in recent days both have been targets of armed robbers in Gainesville.

January 18, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


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