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Forsyth County, golf club owners may head to court

Barring any sudden developments, a legal battle between Forsyth County and the owners of Lanier Golf Club could play out in court as early as this spring.

March 08, 2010 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Lanes reopened on I-985 following wreck

A one-vehicle accident on Interstate 985 near Friendship Road in Buford closed the expressway's southbound lanes around noon today.

March 08, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Georgians show the thrasher’s no chicken

It seems dirty campaigning has infiltrated all levels of office, even that of the state bird.

March 08, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville Lutheran church celebrates 50 years

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th year Sunday with a lighted cake, the congregation singing "Happy Birthday" and the return of former pastors.

March 08, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools to be visited by auditors

Auditors will visit two Gainesville schools this week to investigate last month's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test erasure analysis that found an abnormally high number of erased and changed answers on last spring's test.

March 08, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Census results may alter districts, delegates

Political representation: It's what the census is all about.

March 08, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Forsyth County lands German manufacturer

Vossloh Kiepe Inc. is making a high-speed entrance into Forsyth County.
The advanced transportation manufacturer plans to move into a 15,000-square-foot facility in south Forsyth on April 1.
"By the end of the year, we're probably going to bring 10 employees, and that will double next year," said Klaus Roehmer, the company's president and chief executive officer of U.S. operations.
"I am excited ... to get started because I believe the market is right at the present time for some new business."
Vossloh Kiepe, the county's 11th Germany-based firm, has been around for more than a ...

March 07, 2010 | By Jennifer Sami Times regional staff | Local


Search for missing boater resumes today

The search for a missing boater on the Chattahoochee River in Gwinnett County will resume this morning, said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

March 07, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Prosecutor found love in courtroom

Lindsay Burton is as comfortable in a courtroom as anywhere, so it was only natural that she would meet her future husband there.
The chief assistant district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit was early into her career as a prosecutor when she called as a witness Bonner Burton, a Hall County Sheriff's deputy who had been struck by a car by a criminal defendant. After the case was closed, he asked her out to lunch, and two years later they were married.
"Bonner said it was love at first sight for him," Lindsay Burton recalled with a smile ...

March 07, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cities plan to plant trees with federal money

Jefferson and Gainesville officials will be using a few federal stimulus dollars to spruce up certain areas in the cities.
The funds are a part of the Tree Planting for Ecosystem Restoration and Green Job program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and managed by the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Overall, $897,000 is available. Jefferson received a grant for $50,000 for its Trees Mean Green project, and Gainesville received a grant of $10,000.
According to forestry commission staff, the purpose of the restoration program is to stimulate the economy and to improve ecosystems in ...

March 07, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


High court hears appeal in Hall murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in the appeal of a man who escaped the death penalty but was instead sentenced to life without parole by a Hall County jury for a drug-related double murder.
Ignacio Vergara is appealing the sentence imposed in his August 2008 trial for the 2002 shooting deaths of Francisco Saucedo and Alejandro Santana.
The two men were shot to death on a remote gravel road in South Hall road for two kilograms of cocaine worth about $39,000.
The gunman in the case, Brigado Soto, pleaded guilty and also received a sentence of ...

March 07, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


2 apartment units burned in fire

Hall County firefighters quickly put out a fire at Creekside Apartments in Oakwood Sunday evening.

March 07, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood council to consider CVB contract

Oakwood City Council plans to reaffirm tonight its partnership with the Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"We're already working with the CVB, but it was based on an old arrangement from 10 years ago," City Manager Stan Brown said.
"What we're going to do is kind of solidify the relationship."
Stacey B. Dickson, CVB president, is scheduled to speak to the council.
The council's action would follow similar moves taken by Flowery Branch and Lake Lanier Islands in which the CVB receives hotel-motel taxes in exchange for promotion of South Hall.
The Gainesville City Council voted in ...

March 07, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Home Expo’s experts offer improvement tips

Is there a room in your house that you have been meaning to paint, but you keep putting it off? Or maybe you are hoping to completely renovate your home but you have a lot of questions.

March 07, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Oakwood pushes for new learning center

Getting to Lanier Technical College's Adult Learning Center in Gainesville is one thing, and then finding a place to park is another.

March 07, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Wanted man nabbed after nearly 2-hour chase through woods

After a nearly two-hour foot chase Saturday morning involving police dogs, Hall County deputies and warrant units arrested a man who is wanted for larceny.

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Forsyth teen dies after ropes course injury in Tennessee

August 01, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Norton: Hall real estate market doing better than northern counties

In his mid-year 2015 report on the local real estate and business climate Frank Norton Jr. described the market as "spotty," but said Hall County ...

August 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police say suspect struck police car after drug sale

An Oakwood man is accused of striking a police officer's car when confronted by law enforcement after delivering methamphetamine, authorities said.

July 31, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Falcons faithful flock to welcome team on first day of training camp

To Flowery Branch resident Blake Wharton, heading to the Atlanta Falcons' training camp Friday was an educational process: How else was he going to help ...

July 31, 2015 | David Thackham | Local


Ryder, a former Hall shelter dog, helps sniff out problems for USDA

Some dogs sniff out bombs. Some dogs sniff out drugs. Ryder sniffs out invasive pests and diseases in food coming across the border for the ...

July 31, 2015 | Alana Swain | Local


Police: Woman collecting money for chief’s family is scammer

A woman is running a scam by calling for donations for a police chief and his family, according to Oakwood authorities.

July 31, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Shoppers swarm stores for tax-free holiday savings

The Henry family showed up at the Gainesville Target Friday morning to find some back-to-school deals. Shopping with nephew Xander Sherwen, 11, in tow, they ...

July 31, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Corps reviewing permit for lucrative Lanier regatta

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing whether to again allow the collegiate rowing championship at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, something Gainesville ...

July 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville, Hall seek big reimbursements for winter storm costs

Gainesville and Hall County are each pursuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal reimbursements for costs related to an ice storm in mid-February, which ...

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools, health professionals aim to limit lice

School returns next week, as does the possibility of children catching head lice from their classmates.

July 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Boy Scouts lifting gay ban alters little locally

When the Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders earlier this week, troops and packs across Northeast Georgia, many of ...

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Naked vandal causes $50K in damages to Forsyth church

July 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Crew films History Channel special at Brenau

In a salmon-colored shirt with sweat stains, Brandon McCormick jogs up the steps of Pearce Auditorium. He tells the two dozen actors at the entrance ...

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Lynn Adams resigns from Clermont council

Clermont Town Councilwoman Lynn Adams has resigned as she and her husband are moving to Florida, Mayor James Nix said.

July 30, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


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