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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


Hall Habitat dedicates 43rd home at South Hall site

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County celebrated the construction of its 43rd home at a Saturday morning dedication ceremony.

December 21, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville men in motorcycle club case await sentencing

Four Gainesville men will be sentenced in Gainesville's federal court on drug charges after entering guilty pleas as part of plea agreements with the government that will dismiss previously indicted charges.

December 21, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Spike in foster care cases strains agencies

Child welfare advocates called the current foster parent shortage a "crisis" as unprecedented numbers of kids are being taken into emergency care.

December 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall authorities call house fire 'suspicious'

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

December 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Police caught shopping on the job

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly stood in front of dozens of children Wednesday afternoon, their eyes wide in anticipation.

December 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County: Former jailer’s record mixed

Records show a Hall County jail sergeant fired for allegedly punching an inmate in June had been transferred to the jail shortly after a two-day suspension in 2012.

July 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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