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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


Nursing profession hit by recession, too

Even before he began college, Beau Proctor knew exactly what he wanted to be - a nurse.

March 07, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Census questions reflect history

Census officials say this year's survey is one of the shortest in history.

March 06, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


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Decrease in Hall gang activity attributed to deportation program

The arrest last month of an alleged MS-13 gang member in Flowery Branch was one of the more recent appearances of the Salvadoran group in Hall County.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Some teachers spend summers right back at work

Teachers work hard from August through May.

June 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch plans for more art downtown

Flowery Branch City Planner John McHenry is looking for more ways to incorporate art into the downtown area.

June 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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