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Lawmakers won’t dawdle as election looms

Local legislators are gearing up for a short, dense Georgia General Assembly session, with earlier primary elections around the corner.

January 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Mecum: Hall’s finances solid for future

In his first State of the County speech, Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Mecum expressed cautious optimism for county budget's future.

January 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Authorities: Man pulled over claimed to be an officer

A Bibb County man faces charges after telling a Hall County deputy at a traffic stop he was a police officer.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eyes road work for future sales tax

A voter-approved 2009 special option local sales tax fell short of covering planned projects in Gainesville.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville police officer in stable condition after 2-car wreck

Gainesville police officer Chelsea L. Laughlin is in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a Friday afternoon traffic accident at E.E. Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


Man pleads guilty to assault after start of trial

A Gainesville man decided to plead guilty to assault charges after his trial was underway.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Drowning investigation continuing

Gainesville police said Tuesday there was no new information as to how or what caused the apparent drowning of a man Thursday in Lake Lanier.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Georgia Supreme Court upholds man’s murder verdict

The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously upheld Tuesday a Gainesville man's convictions of malice murder and other crimes for beating to death his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter and physically abusing her other two children.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


New correctional institute construction underway in Hall

Construction has started on the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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