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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

New police chief may not be appointed until April

It could be April before Gainesville officials decide on a new police chief, according to City Manager Kip Padgett.

March 07, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local

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UGA political expert: Boehner got ‘tired of fighting’ right wing

Ultra-conservatives celebrating House Speaker John Boehner's departure from Congress might want to tap the brakes a bit, University of Georgia political science professor Charles ...

September 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Commerce man killed in Friday morning wreck

A Commerce man died following a two-car wreck Friday morning near the intersection of Shirley and Mount Vernon roads in North Hall, according to Sgt ...

September 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Hall Commission OKs rezoning for disabled adults community

"Just" People scored a big victory Thursday night at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Gainesville council candidates share thoughts on transportation, taxes, voting districts

It was seen as a win for the city of Gainesville.

September 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Ask The Times: Schools have parking security guards

I read that a security guard at a local school contacted the school resource officer about a man on West Hall High School's campus ...

September 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Family thought man's BB gun was real gun

A man driving with his family told Hall County authorities he was afraid a fellow driver had a real gun pointed at him, according to ...

September 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Planned Savannah port expansion could affect Hall

Gainesville may be nearly 300 miles from the Port of Savannah, but the impact of a planned $142 million expansion and improvement project could hit ...

September 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Indictments: Prisoners used cellphones to run crime rings

ATLANTA - Gangs at some Georgia prisons have been using cellphones to traffic drugs, smuggle in contraband, steal identities and, in at least one case, to ...

September 24, 2015 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local

Wood’s Mill, Gainesville students get lifelong skills through joint class

There's a class at Wood's Mill High School in Gainesville that teaches a variety of job readiness skills, including resume building, professionalism and ...

September 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Former Cumming police sergeant focus of FBI probe

September 24, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Demolition is underway on old Clarks Bridge

Demolition of the old Clarks Bridge on Lake Lanier in Gainesville has started, but the work shouldn't affect traffic flow across the new bridge ...

September 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent

The jobless rate in Hall County is headed back in the right direction.

September 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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