Una ‘muela del juicio’ deja a Castro fuera del Bolivia-Venezuela

El volante creativo del The Strongest, Raúl Castro, fue intervenido quirúrgicamente el lunes por la tarde debido una inflamación en el tercer molar (muela del juicio), por lo que se ausentó al primer día de concentración de la selección de Bolivia que menos de 2 semanas debe enfrentar a Venezuela por la tercera fecha de la Eliminatoria sudamericana para el Mundial rudo de 2018.

Una ‘muela del juicio’ deja a Castro fuera del Bolivia-Venezuela

Final vote set on McEver Road improvements

The final hurdle to long-awaited improvements to McEver Road in South Hall County might be cleared when the Flowery Branch City Council meets Thursday night.

“The (work) should have been done a long time ago,” Mayor Mike Miller said Tuesday. “However, we’re excited we’re at the finish line. Our vote should set in motion the actual start of the project.”

The council is set to consider an agreement with Hall County to improve the traffic artery’s crossing at Jim Crow Road/Gainesville Street, along with work on Gainesville Street. The Hall County Board of Commissioners gave its OK last month.

Ken Rearden, Hall County’s public works and utilities director, has said that, with the city’s OK, the road work should take a year to complete.

The work consists of adding right- and left-turn lanes at the busy intersection, which is dotted by businesses and is near neighborhoods, Alberta Banks Park and Flowery Branch Elementary School.

Also planned is a resurfacing of Gainesville Street, a long-established road that leads to downtown Flowery Branch. McEver also will be rebuilt — through a road reclamation process that uses recycled materials — between Buford and Oakwood’s southern city limits.

All totaled, the work will cost nearly $4 million, with funding coming from state sources and the special purpose local option sales tax.

Flowery Branch’s portion of that is $658,937, with money coming from the city’s capital improvements fund, this year’s budget and Georgia Department of Transportation local maintenance and improvement grants, City Manager Bill Andrew said.

“We’re pleased to be working with the county on these projects and we hope to partner with them in the future,” he said.

Andrew has said he’s thankful the project is finally moving forward.

“We’ve needed to pave (Gainesville Street) for quite some time, and traffic at that intersection has been increasing,” he said. “It’s definitely needed.”

Talks about improving the intersection can be traced to December 2004, when SPLOST money was designated to cover engineering and right of way costs for signalized turn lanes up and down McEver Road.

The project later expanded to include fixes to McEver, which serves as a major north-south corridor, basically connecting Gainesville to Buford and passing by a slew of business, industries, schools and homes.

Over the past few years, road conditions have steadily gotten worse, particularly with pavement cracking.

Officials are concerned about the extent of repairs that can be done during the winter — not an ideal time to lay asphalt.

“We’ll do our best to move this thing along,” Rearden has said. “I know Flowery Branch is anxious to get Gainesville Street done first, so we’ll probably (do that) first.”

Hall hopes to rebuild McEver Road farther north, from around Radford Road in Flowery Branch to Flat Creek Road in Oakwood next summer.

“We want to get (an agreement done) with Oakwood early before we get this thing out to bid,” Rearden said.

Final vote set on McEver Road improvements

Dawson bridge, White County road to get upgrades

Dawson and White counties will benefit from Georgia Department of Transportation projects announced Tuesday.

The Ga. 9 bridge over the Etowah River in Dawson County will be replaced by a wider bridge, with paved 8-foot shoulders allowing room for vehicles in distress or in a crash to move out of the travel lanes.

The bridge was built in 1955. No detour will be needed during construction. A traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge throughout construction, and one lane will be open at all times. The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2018, for almost $3.9 million by Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan.

Ga. 75 Alternate from Ga. 11/U.S. 129 in Cleveland to Ga. 17/Ga. 75 in Helen will be resurfaced.

The shoulders alongside Ga. 75 will be repaired, improving safety by giving vehicles a recovery area at the same grade as the road if needed. This 8.1-mile project will be done by Sept. 30, 2016, at a cost of about $1.1 million by Colditz Trucking Inc. of Blairsville.

Construction start dates have not yet been determined.

Dawson bridge, White County road to get upgrades

Rabid skunk reported in northeast Hall County

A dog recently had contact with a rabid skunk in the Noah Martin Road area of northeast Hall County.

The skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur. Hall County Animal Control was advised Monday that the skunk tested positive for rabies. This is the 12th confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2015.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 during non-working hours.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

Rabid skunk reported in northeast Hall County

Phil Sutton appointed to Technical College board

Phil Sutton has been named to the Technical College System of Georgia board by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Sutton is chief administrative officer of Kubota Manufacturing and Kubota Industrial Equipment.

He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Sutton holds a master’s in public administration from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Phil Sutton appointed to Technical College board

El Real Madrid se asegura el liderato con sufrimiento y dosis de fortuna

El Real Madrid firmó su clasificación matemática a octavos de final de Liga de Campeones en el duelo por el liderato del Grupo A con un PSG superior, víctima de un error de su portero del que sacó oro Nacho y la mala fortuna, con tres disparos al poste, que dejaron en nada la exhibición de Di María.

El Real Madrid se asegura el liderato con sufrimiento y dosis de fortuna

Un gran City asalta el liderato y deja con remotas opciones al Sevilla

l Manchester City ganó 1-3 al Sevilla con un gran partido y en el que fue tremendamente superior a su rival, con lo que se coloca líder del Grupo D de la Liga de Campeones con 9 puntos, tras el empate del Juventus en Alemania, y deja con remotas opciones de pasar a octavos al equipo español, hoy muy desacertado.

Un gran City asalta el liderato y deja con remotas opciones al Sevilla

Rooney castiga al CSKA y coloca al United con pie y medio en octavos

Un tanto de Wayne Rooney a diez minutos para el final castigó este martes a un rácano CSKA Moscú en Old Trafford y dio al United un triunfo vital, que lo coloca con pie y medio en octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones.

Rooney castiga al CSKA y coloca al United con pie y medio en octavos

El Benfica gana a balón parado y se sitúa a un paso de los octavos

El Benfica venció hoy al Galatasaray gracias a dos jugadas a balón parado (2-1) y se sitúa a un paso de alcanzar los octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones, pues lidera su grupo C con nueve puntos, dos más que el Atlético de Madrid.

El Benfica gana a balón parado y se sitúa a un paso de los octavos