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Boys & Girls Clubs offer Saturday tutoring program to area students

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County now can get more one-on-one help from tutors.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


New hires, recruits and reorganization part of Hall Fire Services growth

Battling fires in front of a crowd of onlookers, Hall County Fire Department trainees looked ready for the real deal as they extinguished controlled car fires, structure fires and a propane blaze that shot 30 feet into the sky above the Allen Creek training facilities.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Obama’s compromise could aid immigration bill

In a potential breakthrough on an immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama has hinted that he would be open to a reform bill even if it lacked a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here illegally.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office introduces jail courtroom

Law enforcement and court officials are touting a new court that Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said will help close more cases, enhance public access to hearings and save money by reducing inmate transports.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County jury acquits man of rape charges

A Gainesville man was acquitted on felony rape and kidnapping charges and convicted of three misdemeanors Thursday afternoon by a Hall County jury.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rape, kidnapping case goes to jury

A Hall County jury is tasked with determining the extent - or lack - of consent in the case of a Gainesville man charged with rape and kidnapping.

January 29, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Investigator testifies in trial of man accused of battery, rape

The trial of a Gainesville man accused of rape and kidnapping began Tuesday with testimony from medical and law enforcement officials.

January 28, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man appeals sentence after contradictory verdicts

A Gainesville man is seeking to reduce his sentence after a jury acquitted him of multiple assault and gang violence charges in an apartment shooting, but convicted him of having a gun in the commission of a crime.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Law may privatize foster care

Stakeholders are weighing in on a legislative proposal with the governor's support that would establish a fully integrated private-public partnership for some child protective services, including foster care.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Entrapment defense is seldom successful

Undercover law enforcement officers from local and federal Northeast Georgia agencies recently have netted arrests by posing as poachers, drug dealers, militia members and 15-year-old girls.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Friends gather to pray for, support stricken Gainesville woman

LeeAnn Noble has endured life changing medical problems in the past; she received a heart transplant in 2006 after being diagnosed with heart disease at age 12.

January 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Second suspect in October shooting caught by Marshals Service

Law enforcement authorities have caught a second suspect wanted in the Oct. 30 shooting of a Gainesville man, police said.

January 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Norton predicts stability for area economy

It should come as no surprise to those paying attention that his economic forecast is distinctly calm, with volatile times in the rearview mirror, Frank Norton Jr. said.

January 24, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office overtime pay rises

Though the Hall County Sheriff's Office was able to trim its overall budget last year, it paid more for overtime hours than in 2012.

January 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Parents ask legislators for medical exception for marijuana

For Oakwood mother of five Sarah Caruso, it's hard to understand why a possible treatment for her daughter's seizures is illegal.

January 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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


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


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