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Work continues on sheriff's precinct in Clermont

Construction on the Hall County Sheriff's Office North Hall precinct is moving along, with doors set to open to the public at the end of next month, county officials said.

February 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

DNR gears up to enforce boating education rules

For the past two weeks, testimony in Hall County Superior Court has described a July 6, 2012, boating crash caused by negligence and recklessness.

February 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Appeal likely after pastor’s widow awarded $2M

A widowed Hall County woman has been awarded more than $2 million by a federal jury in a wrongful death suit.

February 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Boating death trial comes to close with guilty verdict

After Marsha Glover thanked the jurors and state's attorneys, she held her husband in a long embrace. It was an emotional release for the stepmother who said it was a "fight" for justice in the death of her son, Kile Glover.

February 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local

Defense in boating death trial focuses on collision

A Hall County jury will begin deliberating today as it seeks to determine if a Lake Lanier fatality was merely an accident, or a crime perpetrated by the defendant's recklessness.

February 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Stepmother's testimony wraps up state's case in boating death trial

The state concluded its case Tuesday against Jeffrey Hubbard, an Atlanta man accused of homicide in the boating death of 11-year-old Kile Glover.

February 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Ranger testifies in fatal boat accident trial

For Mark Stephens, ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, July 6, 2012, marked the second death investigation on Lake Lanier involving children he had responded to in less than a month.

February 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Proposal on juvenile prosecution, sentencing stirs debate

Some state lawmakers are asking for more discretion in the criminal prosecution and sentencing of teens.

February 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Testimony resumes with crash details

Even 200 yards away, Eric Isom said he knew immediately that the Lake Lanier collision was dire.

February 15, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Sledding accidents cause injuries

The snow may be melting, but sledding enthusiasts still seeking areas of shaded snow and slush should be careful, especially following a few incidents Wednesday.

February 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Community applauds pharmacies that trash tobacco sales

For Gainesville residents, CVS will soon no longer be their 24/7 option to indulge in one destructive habit - tobacco use.

February 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Church to offer classes about child sex trafficking

The local community has become more aware of child sex trafficking, children's advocates say. Now, the advocates hope to engage the community further.

February 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Juvenile transition program taking shape

After months of planning and searching for an instructor, a Department of Juvenile Justice educational and workforce initiative is coming together at Gainesville's Regional Youth Detention Center, program organizers said.

February 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Oakwood mother missing since Monday

Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a 32-year-old Oakwood mother.

February 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

PETA wants roadside monument for chickens that died in truck crash

A roadside memorial could be erected to honor chickens killed in a wreck last week in Gainesville.

February 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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Articles By Author - Emma Witman

People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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

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