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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

Spike in foster care cases strains agencies

Child welfare advocates called the current foster parent shortage a "crisis" as unprecedented numbers of kids are being taken into emergency care.

December 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Hall authorities call house fire 'suspicious'

An early Thursday fire that destroyed a vacant home has been labeled suspicious, fire officials said.

December 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Police caught shopping on the job

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly stood in front of dozens of children Wednesday afternoon, their eyes wide in anticipation.

December 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

After year in office, sheriff touts changes, says more to be done

When Gerald Couch became Hall County's sheriff a year ago, he knew he faced the challenge of a budget barely out of the grips of austerity.

December 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Suwanee man sentenced for park ranger assault

A Suwanee man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday on assault charges for attacking a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer park ranger in a July 15, 2012, incident.

December 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Defenders ask legislators for juvenile law changes

Although legislative changes to the juvenile code have helped some teen offenders, public defenders hope legislators will consider another change in the criminal code.

December 15, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville on hook for paying off jail purchase

Gainesville must continue paying for a bond used to buy the old Hall County jail on Main Street, but the income it expected to receive from the tenant of the facility will dry up in 2015. And the 14-year lease agreement between the city and the Corrections Corp. of America shows there is no penalty to the CCA for pulling out of the facility early.

December 15, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville parks department to consider trading fields with school board

Gainesville Parks & Recreation wants to swap properties with the Gainesville School Board.

December 14, 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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