COVID-19 numbers force East Hall High to cancel in-person instruction beginning Monday
East Hall High School will operate remotely beginning Monday, Dec. 7, and continuing for at least three days. The Hall County School System made the announcement Friday afternoon following a significant amount of absences among staff and students resulting from COVID-19 positive cases.
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Gainesville man charged with human trafficking over incident with teen

A Gainesville man was accused of human trafficking from an alleged sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, police said. 

Joe Frank Wilkins, 30, was charged with trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and felony reckless conduct. 

Gainesville Police said the incident happened in the early morning Thursday, Sept. 3. 

Wilkins was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains with no bond. 

Police have not released further information on the case, and the investigation is ongoing. 

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