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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


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


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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


Attorney, advocate for indigent defense, to receive statewide award

In 2003, a battle brewed in Georgia's legislature over the creation of a statewide indigent defense system.

April 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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