Gainesville police breathed a sigh of relief late Sunday night when a little girl who had gone missing from a holiday event earlier in the day was found safe and sound and returned home. She was located thanks to an emergency alert system put into action by the Gainesville school system.
Gainesville officials found no evidence that former City Manager Bryan Shuler violated city policy by the time Shuler resigned on Nov. 13, according to Sam Harben, the attorney for the city's personnel board.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation into the death of a Jackson County Jail inmate, and the findings have led to two jail employees losing their jobs.
"As a result of the internal investigation, two jail employees have been terminated from employment for failing to follow proper procedures," said Major David Cochran of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
By Friday afternoon, 71 percent of Hall County property taxes had been paid, and though there are still more to process, Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said he thinks there will be more late tax payments this year than in the past.
"It's a little bit worse than what I thought it was going to be," Echols said.