The city of Gainesville is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association to hold a monument conservation workshop Friday at Alta Vista Cemetery. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the class at 9 a.m. Attendees will learn about types of monuments, why different types fail, the proper way to clean and reset monuments and how best to repair fractured monuments. There is a $60 fee for the class.
The city's Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.
The Technical College System of Georgia asked technical schools such as Lanier Technical College to make another 2 percent in budget cuts Monday, said Lanier Tech President Mike Moye. The reduction comes in addition to the 6 percent systemwide cut already imposed. Moye said Lanier Tech has already implemented a 10 percent budget cut in anticipation that the Technical College System of Georgia will cut yet another 2 percent from this fiscal year's budgets.
Gainesville police looking for worsening crime trends in a ragged economy have an ACE in the hole.
Starting next month, a pair of hand-picked officers will be assigned to the Gainesville Police Department's new Aggressive Criminal Enforcement unit. Officers Justin Martin and Josh Shifflett will spend their time on the job focusing on problematic areas where property crime, like burglaries or auto break-ins, has increased. They'll also spend some time on a portion of Interstate 985 looking for drug traffickers.
The developer of Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch is seeking to add about 100 more acres and 200 more homes to the neighborhood, bringing the total of potential homes that could be built to 2,000.