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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

Latino leaders work to prevent immigrant undercount

Mario Alarcon eyed an illustrated pamphlet handed to him by Latino college students inside an Atlanta Highway laundromat on a recent Saturday morning.

March 06, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local

2010 census forms go out this month

Keep an eye out for a delivery from the U.S. Census.

March 06, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Homecoming celebration planned for Charlie Company

A homecoming celebration for Gainesville-based Charlie Company is being planned for May 1 at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville.

March 06, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

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Delay holds up child support, welfare payments across state

State officials expect debit cards for more than 4,000 recipients of child support and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, including more than 50 individuals ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Trooper says sleepy driver caused I-985 wreck Monday

A Clarkston man allegedly fell asleep while driving on Interstate 985 Monday afternoon, leading to nonlife-threatening injuries for himself and two passengers, authorities said.

September 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville Parks and Recreation earns national reaccreditation

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has earned reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park ...

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Debate between Gainesville council candidates set for Thursday

With two longtime Gainesville City Council members stepping down this year, the Nov. 3 election to replace them may be rather competitive.

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Whelchel Smith joins a crowded field in Ward 3 race

Montine Whelchel Smith, an associate minister at St. John Baptist Church, announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat in early September.

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Oakwood planners OK townhouse complex

The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its blessing Monday night to a rezoning proposal that allows for 105 townhouses across from Johnson High School.

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Police: Woman woke up to acquaintance sexually assaulting her

A woman told police she passed out in her apartment and woke up to an acquaintance sexually assaulting her, according to testimony Monday in Magistrate ...

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Authorities: Armed robbery followed drug deal

A man told police that the College Park man sitting behind him in his 1994 Buick Century put a gun to his head and told ...

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville superintendent finalist for leadership award

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel is a finalist for the Lexington Educational Leadership Award fellowship.

September 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Public can share input on sales tax for education at upcoming meetings

Hall County school leaders want local voters to be informed before a Nov. 3 vote on a sales tax for education.

September 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Authorities: Man claimed self-defense in Lanier Islands party shooting

Authorities say a man accused in a birthday party shooting at a Lanier Islands lake house told them he fired shots in self-defense.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Former inmate reaches $50K settlement with jailer accused of punching him

A former Hall County Jail inmate allegedly punched while handcuffed by a former jailer settled for $50,000, according to his attorney.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Oakwood tax hearing draws no commenters

No one showed for the first of three public hearings on Oakwood's proposed tax rate for fiscal 2016, which begins Jan. 1.

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

I-985 wreck injures 3, backs up traffic

A wreck Monday evening on Interstate 985 southbound caused three injuries and backed up traffic.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Patient welcomes dog to hospital's pet park

Roxie Holt welcomed her dog's paws onto her lap on a recent afternoon, describing separation from the Labrador retriever: "For him it's worse ...

September 21, 2015 | By Amber Tyner | Local

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