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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


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


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Body found at Lake Lanier campground

July 16, 2015 | | Local


Police searching for man they say exposed himself in Wilshire Trails Park area

Gainesville police are asking residents to help them find a man they say exposed himself to a woman earlier this month in the Wilshire Trails ...

July 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Middle School off list of struggling schools

Gainesville Middle School leaders spent the past three years focused on helping the lowest-achieving students improve, and the efforts paid off.

July 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Senior living community reopens

They play bingo twice a day over at Oxton Place, and that suits resident Darlene Coffman just fine.

July 16, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Surgeon scorecard ranks number of complications from elective procedures

Infections, blood clots and misaligned orthopedic devices are among the complications that can arise from common elective procedures, such as hip and knee replacements and ...

July 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Judge recusal denied in taxi driver slaying case

The motion to have a judge removed from a five-defendant murder case because of an email sent to Drug Court participants was denied July 9.

July 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Witness describes bloody attack of homeless man

A neighbor in "tent city" told a jury Wednesday about seeing her friend's blood pouring "like syrup" as she returned to the homeless encampment.

July 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Teen charged after string of burglaries, arsons torment South Hall residents

A 16-year-old has been arrested in a string of incidents in South Hall county, after authorities say he was caught on a resident's camera.

July 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


UNG receives $2 million grant to help educate migrant students

Some migrant students in North Georgia will soon have easier access to a college degree, thanks to a $2.1 million grant.

July 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Oakwood seeking to widen road

Oakwood is seeking money to improve Old Oakwood Road in step with nearby Performance Foodservice Milton's plans to build a 521,135-square-foot warehouse.

July 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


NAACP wants Confederate symbols taken off Georgia property

July 15, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Vision 2030 initiative provides self-guided tour of 28 works of art

Viewing public art might be one of the most underrated ways to spend a sunny afternoon in Hall County without making a dent in your ...

July 14, 2015 | BY HAILEY VAN PARYS intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Congress skeptical of Iran deal but unlikely to stop it

WASHINGTON - Congress remains deeply skeptical of the landmark deal announced Tuesday to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, but lawmakers are unlikely to have the votes ...

July 14, 2015 | Tribune Washington Bureau | Local


Too hot now? Forecasters say enjoy it while you can

Steamy hot may not be comfortable now, but folks might be longing for it in six months or so.

July 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


School serving children with special needs offers registration

Challenged Child & Friends is holding its first registration date next week for the school year beginning in August.

July 14, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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