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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


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to 10 years in rape case

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Hall County judge after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a disabled person, according to the district attorney's office.

April 02, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Medical amnesty bill awaits governor’s signature

Public health advocates say addressing the fear of legal repercussions after dialing 911 will save overdose victims in a medical crisis after Georgia's "medical amnesty" bill passed the legislature Tuesday.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Visitors get sneak peek at Smithgall Garden, set for fall opening

If there was a college basketball tournament going Saturday, visitors to the Gainesville's Smithgall Woodland Garden weren't concerned with missing the games.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Failure of medical marijuana bill leaves Hall mother sad, determined

In the expiring moments of the 2014 legislative session Thursday, Georgia lawmakers gleefully threw shredded paper in the air, a tradition signifying the end of business.

March 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Suspect still at large in 2013 Lula shooting

On May 23, 2013, a bullet struck Laurien Marsh in the head. She miraculously survived the shooting with minor physical consequences, but the emotional scars never healed in the months before she died Feb. 16 at age 60, her daughter said.

March 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Kiwanis Club honors Gainesville residents for service

The Gainesville Kiwanis Club, a youth-oriented service group, honored two Gainesville residents for civic engagement at its annual awards banquet this week.

March 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man sentenced in motorcycle drug sting

A Gainesville man was sentenced Monday in federal court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

March 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Court begins hearing motions in Peppers Market slaying

The first of several dozen defense motions were heard Tuesday in the case of a Gainesville man accused of murder.

March 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man accused in Ingles robbery now also accused in CVS heist

A Braselton man being held on drug and robbery charges has been accused in the February 2013 robbery of an Oakwood CVS, authorities said Tuesday.

March 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Unanswered questions create uncertainty on Hall's energy proposal

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement released by the office that the county's proposed energy plan leaves many questions unanswered.

March 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Court offers new options for veterans

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Mecum has a perspective on crime and law enforcement formed by his role as former sheriff.

March 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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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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