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State Supreme Court redefines kidnapping

When Christopher Joseph Emerson was accused last March of grabbing a woman's elbow in a Flowery Branch supermarket parking lot and moving her toward his car, he was charged with kidnapping, though she never was forced into the car or carried away.

That's because in Georgia's courts, the term "kidnapping" has evolved to mean any movement, however slight, of a person against his or her will.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man found guilty of child molestation

More than seven years after molesting a 5-year-old boy in a trailer off Athens Highway, a Gainesville man was found guilty of aggravated child molestation Friday in Hall County Superior Court.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Potential city residents can talk about annexation

Property owners affected by a possible mass annexation into the Gainesville city limits will have a chance to ask questions about becoming city residents Monday.

November 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brian Nichols found guilty in Atlanta courthouse shootings

A jury has found courthouse gunman Brian Nichols guilty of murder in a 2005 shooting spree that left a judge and three others dead and turned Atlanta's seat of justice into a crime scene.

November 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Richardson to allow Collins to vote for state House speaker

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson acted quickly Thursday to clear the way for state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to vote by proxy in next week's vote for speaker and other party officers of the GOP.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Apply to Habitat in a hurry if you need a house

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County is holding its final 2008 application for housing meetings today and Saturday.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson's Holiday Market is today, Saturday

JEFFERSON - Sarah Trippe and Karyn Wilburn have been baking delicious cakes, painting delicate ornaments and sewing decorative pillows and purses around the clock.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Deportations up 63 percent in Georgia, the Carolinas

There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Study emphasizes expanding existing reservoirs

A study ordered in the wake of the epic drought gripping Georgia concluded that authorities should first devote resources toward expanding existing reservoirs before building new ones.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Flowery Branch gives first OK to Sterling on the Lake expansion

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to a nearly 200-home expansion of the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula moves forward with Veterans Park

The Lula City Council met Wednesday to discuss funding for a proposed Veterans Park on which they are set to break ground next week.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hospital's 2008 Marketplace draws buyers, vendors

Faithful attendees of the annual Marketplace come from far and wide to peruse the items that vendors offer.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


First babe welcomed at Women's Pavilion

The stork has landed.

November 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Chinooks land at airport for a night

Four CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Georgia National Guard were at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport overnight following Tuesday's election.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Reservist talks to academy about observing Veterans Day

Sporting a dark United States Air Force pilot suit, Maj. Jason Rue told Lanier Career Academy students of his days in combat in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan at an assembly emphasizing the importance of Veterans Day.

November 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man still critical after 7-story fall at Raven Cliff Falls

North Georgia emergency authorities crossed fallen trees and rappelled down a 40-foot cliff to rescue a man who had fallen 80 feet.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to give final OK on brewery today

Gainesville City Council is expected to give the final go-ahead needed for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area when it meets tonight.

October 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG biology professor discusses Ebola facts with students

Ebola rumors and confusion are nearly as out of control as the virus itself, according to a professor at the University of North Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall board reinstates deputies for 2nd time

The Hall County Civil Services Board voted 5-1 on Friday to rescind the termination of two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies involved in an inmate's escape.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville schools plan to increase dual enrollment

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel announced a plan to increase dual enrollment rates Monday at a Board of Education meeting.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


2 Gainesville youths killed Saturday in wreck in Gwinnett

The two victims of a fatal Saturday wreck in Gwinnett County have been identified as Gainesville residents Ramon Gonzalez, 16, and Yudel Jarquin, 21, Gwinnett police confirmed Monday.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


One injured in collision on Athens Highway

One person was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday on Athens Highway at Gaines Mill Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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