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County hoping to keep firefighters from leaving for higher paying jobs

In recent years, austerity measures in Hall County prompted many of the fire department's firefighters to leave for more lucrative positions in other counties.

July 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Drug court helps man give back

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, who heads the drug court program, led the latest graduation ceremony Friday, which featured well wishes and words of advice for the four graduates.

July 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Community conversation moves beyond Martin slaying case

The controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin brought 50-plus people to Antioch Baptist Church on Thursday evening in Gainesville, although little was mentioned about the case.

July 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Lula Veterans Park vandalized with graffiti

Veterans Park in downtown Lula was vandalized, workers discovered early today.

July 25, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Cornelia woman pleads guilty to firearms charges

A North Georgia woman who was arrested last year after federal agents raided her home and found explosives has pleaded guilty to some of the charges against her.

July 23, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Man pleads guilty in 2012 assault of park ranger

A Suwanee man pleaded guilty in federal court today to assault charges in connection with a park ranger who was injured in a July 15, 2012, incident that prompted a change in state law governing prosecution of attacks on park rangers.

July 23, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


2 Hall deputies fired in wake of inmate's escape

The Hall County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that two deputies were fired for their roles in an inmate's escape from custody last week.

July 23, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Youth volunteers clean up downtown graffiti

Generation Inspiration, a youth organization under the Beulah Rucker Museum umbrella, helped beautify downtown Gainesville Saturday by washing away and painting over graffiti in the square.

July 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Residents decry Zimmerman verdict at "Justice for Trayvon" rally

Members of Gainesville-Hall County "Justice for Trayvon" coalition held an emotional prayer vigil and rally Saturday afternoon outside the Federal Courthouse in Gainesville.

July 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


3 charged in meth bust; $11,400 in drugs seized

Narcotic agents arrested three people on methamphetamine trafficking charges Tuesday, alleging a quantity of $11,400 worth of the drug was discovered after a traffic stop.

July 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Area agencies see little differences in GBI report turnarounds

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation boasted a reduction in backlogged casework, although local agencies reported they haven't seen much difference in turnaround times.

July 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge & Bar: 2012 President’s Day stabbing still unresolved

The case of Dustin Gold, a talent manager accused of stabbing another man over President's Day weekend in 2012, generates a lot of questions from readers.

July 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Truck used by escapee found in Atlanta

Police located the stolen truck driven by a runaway inmate from the Hall County Jail early Wednesday evening.

July 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Area reaction to Zimmerman verdict mirrors national split

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, handed down Saturday by a jury of six women, was inevitably polarizing.

July 16, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville to pilot DJJ transition program

Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced on Friday two Department of Juvenile Justice educational and workforce initiatives, one of which will be piloted at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

July 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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