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Coalition leader recognized for advocacy, prescription drug initiatives

A local drug prevention and education advocate was honored for outstanding work in public health at a statewide ceremony Tuesday in Atlanta.

March 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Standoff suspect sentenced to two years in prison

A Flowery Branch man was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in an October standoff with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

March 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville wants to help residents own homes

Gainesville officials explained to residents Saturday at an advisory meeting how low-income individuals can go about getting government assistance for a cornerstone achievement - owning a home.

March 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Walking under the influence can lead to jail

In Georgia, "pedestrian under the influence" is a criminal offense. So is walking while drunk illegal?

March 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville Police seeks new No. 2

The Gainesville Police Department is seeking a No. 2 in command after Maj. Paul Sherman retired in January, officials said.

March 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Hubbard sentenced to 4 years in prison

Jeffrey Hubbard of Atlanta will serve four years in prison for crashing into and killing 11-year-old Kile Glover in a summer 2012 wreck on Lake Lanier.

March 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

First inmates arrive for pilot re-entry program

Although the inmates' emotions were sometimes imperceptible as they learned they were the inaugural class in a first-of-its-kind educational and vocational training program for Georgia prisoners, one man voiced joy at being back home.

March 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Ga. weighs ‘medical amnesty’ in drug overdoses

Overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Hall County.

March 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

More than half of homicides in past 2 years still unsolved

From 2009 to 2011, the Hall County Sheriff's Office solved each of the seven homicides it investigated.

March 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Fire destroys North Hall home

A Clermont home was destroyed by fire overnight Friday but the residents escaped safely.

March 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Bill could limit mugshots on profit-driven websites

The Georgia Senate passed a bill Wednesday seeking to curb the mugshot-for-profit publications model in the state.

February 28, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville Jaycees name Young Woman, Man of the Year

The Gainesville Jaycees make a special effort to keep under wraps the identities of the Young Man and Young Woman of the Year recipients.

February 27, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Gainesville man acquitted of shoplifting charge

A Gainesville man was acquitted Tuesday by a Hall County jury in a misdemeanor theft by shoplifting case.

February 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

DNA bill likely to pass despite concerns

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court last year gave states the authority to collect DNA before suspects are convicted, and Georgia may do so.

February 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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

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