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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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Camp Merrill plans water jump May 11 at War Hill Park in Dawson

If you see soldiers jumping from helicopters into Lake Lanier next week, don't worry, there's no emergency.

May 11, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Funeral services set Saturday for Good News at Noon founder Gene Beckstein

One of Thomas Ramirez's most vivid memories of Good News at Noon founder Gene Beckstein, who died Wednesday at age 93, came when the ...

May 11, 2016 | By Clark Leonard and Jennifer Linn news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Crash involving deer claims life of North Forsyth High student

May 11, 2016 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Young Wauka Mountain archers take dead aim at title

A dozen fifth-graders lined up Tuesday in the Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy gymnasium, nocking arrows in their bows and firing at targets yards away.

May 11, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult spelling bee all fun and games, but spellers serious about their craft

Some serious spelling went on Tuesday in Hosch auditorium at Brenau University.

May 10, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Slideshow: Atlanta Falcons strike out for school

Four Atlanta Flocons players joined Challenged Child and Friends stakeholders Tuesday evening at FunTastik Bowling Center for a bowling night benefiting the school.

May 10, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vote delayed on proposed Marriott hotel off Flat Creek in Gainesville

Environmental concerns have delayed government action on a proposed hotel off Flat Creek in Gainesville.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired council members Figueras, Hamrick to receive Quality of Life Award

A pair of longtime public officials in Gainesville will be honored with the Quality of Life Award from the Gainesville-Hall County Community Council on Aging ...

May 10, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville planning board gives thumb’s down to apartment, townhome proposals

A couple of residential developments - one involving 240 apartments and the other, 14 townhomes - were rejected Tuesday night by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Citizen journalist files lawsuit against Dawson County officers

A citizen journalist from Roswell filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against three Dawson County law enforcement officers, claiming her constitutional rights were violated at a ...

May 10, 2016 | Times and Regional reports | Local


Noted judge, attorney W.L. Norton Jr. dies at 93

Noted local judge, attorney, author and community preservationist William L. Norton Jr. died Sunday at age 93.

May 10, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities search for Buford man accused of threatening to kill mom, her animals, responding police

Buford schools were on voluntary lockdown Tuesday as authorities searched for a Buford man suspected of threatening to kill his mother, her animals and any ...

May 10, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Man charged with possessing $10K in drugs, fleeing officers

A Gainesville man faces a methamphetamine trafficking charge after authorities said they searched his home and car.

May 10, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Traffic study of Martin Road in South Hall is OK’d

A traffic study involving Martin Road, a heavily residential area in South Hall, was approved Tuesday by area government officials.

May 10, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall begins process of comprehensive plan update

It's time for Hall County to update its comprehensive plan to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are calling for the public ...

May 10, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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