New Hall middle school likely coming to Chestnut Mountain

A new middle school is coming to the southern part of Hall County.

Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield said the district is looking at constructing a new middle school on the Chestnut Mountain Elementary School property in Flowery Branch.

“The next need is middle and high school space in the southern part of the county,” Schofield said. “…The end game is we will be moving to a seventh high school, middle school district, and it will be in the southern part of the county.”

Specifically, the school will likely be built on land the district already owns.

“The land that Chestnut Mountain Elementary is on, that was built with two schools in mind,” Schofield said. “We’re fully believing the next move we need to make is a new school being built on that Chestnut Mountain Elementary property on Union Church Road.”

Flowery Branch High School, South Hall Middle School, Johnson High School and C.W. Davis Middle School are all over capacity, and they are the schools the district is concerned about, Schofield said.

Facilities director Matt Cox has been working on a plan for the school and how to access some state funds for the project. Schofield said the district may be eligible for between $4 million and $7 million in state funds.

A formal recommendation will go to the board later this year or in early 2016, and the district foresees the project taking two and a half years.

The new school and eventual seventh district will require some redistricting in the area, and Schofield and board chair Nath Morris said the district is already making plans to meet with the communities in the area to discuss it.

“We’ll have two and a half years to talk about redistricting, where people go and what makes the most sense,” he said. “But we do know we need some middle school space, and that appears to be the obvious place to put it.”

Schofield said while there is a need for classrooms in the southern portion of the county at the middle and high school level, overall, the district has no shortage of classrooms.

“We have a surplus of classroom space in the Hall County School District,” he said. “Most of it is at the elementary level. We had just finished Chestnut Mountain Elementary School at the time the wheels came off the economy, and we just quit growing students for a few years. It is a great place to be, at this point, that we don’t have a bunch of instructional bungalows students are going to every day.”

New Hall middle school likely coming to Chestnut Mountain

Organizations partner to help keep community warm this winter

Winter is coming, and thanks to the generosity of a national organization, Gainesville-based nonprofit L.A.M.P. Ministries was recently able to help more than 300 people get ready.

Americans Helping Americans shipped 240 brand-new children’s winter coats, 150 winter hats, pairs of gloves and scarfs, 150 pairs of shoes, 100 blankets and 100 containers of laundry detergent.

Mary Mauricio, executive director, said more than 300 people took advantage of the items, which were distributed Oct. 23 in the St. John Baptist Church parking lot. The event, Mauricio said, was scheduled to run from 3-6 p.m., but all of the items were claimed within 30 minutes.

Some of the children who came didn’t have shoes.

“We were able to meet the need,” Mauricio said.

L.A.M.P. Ministries, according to its website, is “a faith-based organization that depends solely on God and the good will of the community to stay operating and doing the job we have been called to do. Our goal is to reach out and shelter as many teens as possible; from every race, color, religion and creed.”

Mauricio said the materials went so quickly that some children didn’t get the items, and L.A.M.P. hopes to provide such items for them in the near future.

Steve Hunt, communications coordinator of Alexandria, Va.-based Americans Helping Americans, said the items L.A.M.P. distributed had an in-kind value of $24,550.

Americans Helping Americans will also be providing the turkey for L.A.M.P.’s Nov. 21 Thanksgiving dinner.

Mauricio said she appreciated everything sent by Americans Helping Americans and all of the good volunteers who helped on Oct. 23.

According to a press release, Americans Helping Americans’ philosophy “is to nurture inclusive communities, create support networks and determine the necessary strategic actions to address chronic, but preventable, problems.”

Organizations partner to help keep community warm this winter

Bolivia se entrena con el equipo completo a tres días del duelo con Venezuela

La selección boliviana de fútbol se entrenó hoy en La Paz con el equipo completo por primera vez a falta de tres días para un partido crucial contra la de Venezuela a la que necesita derrotar para enderezar el rumbo en las eliminatorias del Mundial de Rusia 2018.

Bolivia se entrena con el equipo completo a tres días del duelo con Venezuela

El Barça recurrirá al TAS por indefensión si FIFA no se pronuncia por Turan

El Barcelona presentará ante el Tribunal de Arbitraje del Deporte (TAS) un recurso por indefensión si en las próximas semanas la FIFA sigue sin pronunciarse sobre la posibilidad de inscribir al jugador turco Arda Turan para cubrir la baja de larga duración del lesionado Rafinha Alcántara.

El Barça recurrirá al TAS por indefensión si FIFA no se pronuncia por Turan

Presidente federación alemana dimite por irregularidades del Mundial 2006

El presidente de la Federación Alemana de Fútbol (DFB), Wolfgang Niersbach, dimitió hoy como consecuencia del escándalo en torno a una serie de irregularidades relacionadas con el Mundial de 2006.

Presidente federación alemana dimite por irregularidades del Mundial 2006

David Luiz y Kaká celebran el retorno de Neymar a la selección brasileña

El zaguero David Luiz y el creativo Kaká celebraron hoy el retorno a la selección brasileña del atacante y capitán Neymar para los partidos ante Argentina, el próximo jueves en Buenos Aires, y Perú, el 17 en Salvador, ambos de la eliminatoria sudamericana para el Mundial de Rusia 2018.

David Luiz y Kaká celebran el retorno de Neymar a la selección brasileña

Rally Dakar: Wálter Nosiglia presentará a su equipo el 18 de noviembre en Sucre

El secretario de Cultura y Turismo de la Gobernación de Chuquisaca, Juan José Pacheco, informó el lunes que el piloto Wálter Nosiglia presentará a su equipo de cuadriciclo el 18 de noviembre en Sucre, previo a su participación en el Rally Dakar 2016.

Rally Dakar: Wálter Nosiglia presentará a su equipo el 18 de noviembre en Sucre

Students connected with college, career recruiters at fair

The ballroom in The Oaks at Lanier Charter Career Academy buzzed with the sound of students excitedly discussing their futures.

Nearly 30 colleges and universities from across the state sent representatives Monday to the 3C Fair at Lanier Charter Career Academy. Students 16 and older were able to meet recruiters and potential employers and take home applications for jobs or schools.

The C3 Fair connects students to colleges, careers and community organizations that may interest them, according to workforce development coach Kim Guy.

Lanier Islands, one of the largest employers in Hall County, sent a representative with a list of immediate job openings, including part-time, full-time and seasonal work.

Other representatives were present from the National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Probations Office, Kubota, Southern Companies, Gainesville Fire Department, Axiom Staffing Group, McDonald’s and more.

Leah Sheets, school representative for Woodruff Medical Training and Testing, said she was impressed by the school and its students.

“I think it’s really good for these kids to have these opportunities and talk to all these reps,” she said.

Sheets said she had a great deal of interest from students, and she discussed careers in medical assisting with them. Woodruff has a training and testing facility on E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

Nearly 15 colleges were represented at the fair, including Albany State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Brenau University, Columbus State University and more.

Students were able to ask questions about the application process and seek advice about making a selection.

Student Brittany Dodd said she picked up an application to Albany State, where she wants to study nursing. Her classmate Kimberly Sancen also wants to attend Albany State, to study art and music.

The fair is part of a recently launched program, according to Guy, designed to help students achieve their goals.

“This year, LCCA launched a Coaching for Success program to connect each student with a mentor,” Guy said. “The program vision is to help our students navigate their high school years and identify a career path based on personal interests, strengths and desires.”

Students work through college and career activities in the program and connect with their coach once a month in a 45 minute coaching session.

“These students are prepared to ‘land a job’ and/or find the perfect college fit based on their career aspirations and future goals,” Guy said.

Students connected with college, career recruiters at fair

Hall drivers, deer movement peaks this week

Deer movement will be at its peak this week in Hall County, according to research released by UGA earlier this year.

This is when deer are looking to mate and pose a greater risk for drivers to crash, UGA professor of wildlife ecology and management Bob Warren told The Times in September.

Warren and other UGA researchers created a map following a study of deer rutting season, where deer roam around to find mates. The research used crash information from 2005 through 2012 and studied the movements of deer with tracking devices.

Hall County and surrounding counties Forsyth, Jackson and Gwinnett share the Nov. 10-16 peak deer movement week.

There are ways drivers can reduce risk and injury, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

• Be aware that deer are unpredictable. A deer standing calmly on the side of the road may bolt into the road when startled by a vehicle.

• Deer travel in groups. If one crosses the road, prepare for more to follow.

• Deer are most active at night, between dawn and dusk. Avoid driving at these times if possible.

• Slow down to minimize damage. Resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer; traveling off the roadway or colliding with another vehicle is likely to cause more damage.

Hall drivers, deer movement peaks this week