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Hall picks architect for new correctional institute

Plans to build a new Hall County Correctional Institute are moving forward after county commissioners unanimously approved the architectural contract at Thursday's meeting.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Ga. Senate panel backs limits on criminal records access

A state Senate committee recommended limiting access to criminal records in order to protect people convicted of crimes and those who were wrongly accused, Sen. Butch Miller said.

January 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Woman had plan to kill assault victim, investigators say

According to warrants signed by investigators, a Gainesville woman had a "pre-arranged" plan to kill the victim in a Saturday assault.

January 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Workers battle cold to keep Gainesville functioning

Many outdoor workers were excused from having to toil in low temperatures Tuesday, but others braved the single digits - including Gainesville public works crews - to maintain the city.

January 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Behind bars, no diploma

While considered a milestone for most, a high school degree is an achievement that has escaped a sizable segment of one population: Georgians in the state prison system.

January 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plans in works for new Hall County sales tax

Local government leaders are gearing up for a hard look at how to use money from a new special purpose local option sales tax, pending voters' approval.

December 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man caught up in holiday identity theft at retailer

Gainesville resident Joseph Bush has always been careful with his bank cards, so he was surprised to learn this month his checking account had been breached.

December 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Courts gear up for juvenile code overhaul

For years, juvenile stakeholders have asked for an overhaul in state code. In May, they got their wish.

December 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Overcoming the odds: Ex-foster child credits faith for his success

Everyone will face a major problem in his or her life, Gainesville resident Tod Peavy said.

December 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Victim's brother arrested in Flowery Branch slaying

The victim's brother has been implicated in the Christmas Day slaying of a Flowery Branch man, Hall County Sheriff's Office officials said Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hospital keeps working on holiday

Many people see Christmas as a day of compassion and care that is spent with family, free from their workplaces.

December 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Man shot, killed in Flowery Branch

Hall County Sheriff's Office officials said a Christmas Day killing of a Flowery Branch man was a homicide.

December 25, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Man charged with DUI in wreck that knocks out power

Police have charged a man with DUI in a two-car wreck on Thompson Bridge Road, authorities said Tuesday. There were no injuries, but the accident knocked out power and other services for residents in the area.

December 24, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Overcoming the odds: Former teen mom becomes attorney

Jennifer Thuy-Tien McCall had her first daughter at age 16.

December 23, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


DNR pleased with law enforcement change so far

Changes at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have been gradual but well-received, DNR Deputy Commissioner Hommer Blyson said.

December 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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