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Fire official concerned with fire increase

Hall County Fire Services has had a busy couple of weeks with an increase in residential fires as colder temperatures crept in.

January 09, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Area road deaths up by small margin in 2012

In a year that saw a number of serious wrecks in the area involving children, authorities say 2011 was an average year overall for fatalities on local roadways.

January 07, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Lawmakers hope to rewrite juvenile code

Georgia lawmakers are poised to introduce a bill that would revamp the state's juvenile code, one that has not been updated in about 40 years.

January 07, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Hall County real estate developer Dunlap dies

A prominent Hall County real estate developer was remembered Friday as being "a good friend" and leader in the community.

January 06, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Drug bust nets $83,000, 7 suspects

Hall County authorities netted more than $83,000 in seized cash when they, along with the FBI, arrested seven people through an undercover cocaine trafficking investigation.

January 06, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Ex-Hall jailer faces credit card fraud charges

For the second time in as many months, a Hall County Sheriff's Office jailer has been arrested.

January 06, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Longtime local grocer dies at 73

The co-founder of J&J Foods in Gainesville was described Thursday as a "visionary," an "inspiration" and "a man of wisdom and integrity."

January 05, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Gainesville family displaced by house fire

A family was left homeless Wednesday morning after a fire broke out and destroyed their Gainesville home.

January 04, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Gainesville police investigating hotel robbery

Gainesville police are still investigating a report of an armed robbery at Gainesville's Holiday Inn on the first morning of the New Year.

January 04, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


2 people wounded in attempted murder-suicide

Habersham County authorities say before turning the gun on himself, a father shot his stepdaughter Tuesday in Mount Airy during an argument over dinner, wounding them both.

January 04, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Local law enforcement escape national fatality statistics

In a year that saw a 13 percent increase in police fatalities across the nation, Hall County authorities escaped death and even serious injury in the line of duty.

January 01, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Fire agencies seek to recover training costs for lost workers

Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians must undergo extensive training, leaving a significant bill for fire services to pay.

January 01, 2012 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Capital punishment cases on the decline

In 2011, 78 people convicted of murder were sentenced to die.

December 31, 2011 | Patrick Stoker | Local


1 person hurt in 4-vehicle wreck

One person was injured in a four-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon on Green Street in Gainesville.

December 31, 2011 | Patrick Stoker | Local


Greeting 2012 with a blast? Do it safely

Many people are looking to begin the new year with a bang.

December 30, 2011 | Patrick Stoker | Local


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