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Growth, business hot topics at forum for city candidates

The needs of a growing city and City Council's role in economic development were among several topics addressed during a Saturday morning political forum at the civic center in Gainesville.

October 06, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Residents invited to meet candidates at political forum

Gainesville voters looking to educate themselves on candidates running for city office will have the opportunity at 10 a.m. Saturday.

October 04, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Employee arrested in GBI probe of New Hope Counseling

An employee for New Hope Counseling was arrested Wednesday after warrants were issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in both Hall and Union counties.

October 04, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Construction underway on N. Hall fire station

Against the backdrop of a clear blue sky and heaps of orange dirt, the lone silver hydrant near the corner of Mount Vernon and Shirley roads catches the eye.

October 02, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville Police, other authorities arrest suspect in Mississippi bank robbery

A suspect in a Mississippi bank robbery was arrested in Gainesville on Friday, authorities said Tuesday morning.

October 02, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Suspicious fire destroys Seymour Road home

An early Tuesday fire that destroyed a vacant home has been labeled suspicious, fire officials said.

October 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Hall aims to help repeat offenders with juvenile justice reforms

As the first deadline rapidly approaches, Hall County is gearing up for sweeping juvenile justice reforms that take effect Jan. 1.

September 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Re-entry from prison posts challenges

Tiki Thurmond said he had a good upbringing, but bad choices put him on a tougher path in life.

September 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Jimmy Carter honors area third-grader

Linda Martinez, a Fair Street International Baccalaureate third-grade student, was honored by former President Jimmy Carter on Saturday in Plains.

September 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Emporium proceeds to benefit Action Ministries Gainesville

Shoppers spent money for a good cause Friday at the sixth annual Heart & Hands Women's Ministry Emporium at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

September 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Hall to keep contract with New Hope Counseling

Hall County's accountability courts will keep their contract with a counseling service that is under a state investigation, county Court Administrator Reggie Forrester said.

September 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Warrant unit of Hall County Sheriff’s Office stays busy

The warrant unit may be the Hall County Sheriff's Office's most visible department, with officers hitting the streets serving about 20 warrants per day, but it doesn't always make the news.

September 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville consultants say large convention center a bad idea

Gainesville is unlikely to see a convention center development any time soon, after consultants discouraged the idea in a Thursday presentation to City Council.

September 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Badge and Bar: Man charged with murder after baby he shook died years later

A 31-year-old man was indicted on a malice murder charges Tuesday stemming from the March death of a 6-year-old boy.

September 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

DA wants to include May 3 theft in Lanier boat deaths trial

The prosecution in Paul Bennett's case wants the jury to hear about an incident in which he is accused of stealing a bar sign, but the judge on Wednesday pushed her decision off until trial.

September 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

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Articles By Author - Emma Witman

Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man

A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

April 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Crash cuts power for thousands in S. Hall

Power was restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of customers who were left without power when a car collided with a power pole, according to Jackson EMC.

April 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

UGA to pay homage to Masseys

Gainesville poultry icon Abit Massey and his family are being honored Friday as the University of Georgia's 2014 Alumni Family of the Year.

April 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Attorney, advocate for indigent defense, to receive statewide award

In 2003, a battle brewed in Georgia's legislature over the creation of a statewide indigent defense system.

April 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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