Study determining what’s under Green Street has started

Work has started to see what lies under heavily traveled Green Street in Gainesville.

Southeastern Engineering Inc. of Marietta has been looking at the road — a frequent bottleneck that’s also prone to flooding during heavy rains — and plans to send letters to property owners saying they should be on the lookout for survey crews.

“(Workers) may be going onto property to follow drainage structures and see where they lead to,” city project manager Rhonda Brady said Tuesday.

The stretch of Green Street being studied runs between E.E. Butler Parkway/Academy Street and the fork at Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 and Morningside Drive.

Officials have long discussed potential solutions to traffic woes along the two-lane, historic home-lined stretch, including a ban on left turns.

The road is especially busy as it serves as a key link between downtown and northern portions of Gainesville and North Hall County.

The city has been talking with the Georgia Department of Transportation about looking under the road’s pavement.

Finding a suitable engineering firm was tricky, Gainesville Public Works Director David Dockery has said.

“It’s going to be a pretty comprehensive study just to give us an idea of what we’re dealing with there,” he said.

Ultimately, the city hopes the $200,000 project not only will uncover the road’s past but give ideas as to how to fix traffic.

“We’ll have a recommendation … from whatever they discover,” Brady said.

The project could take a year to complete. Road closures aren’t expected at this point.

Study determining what’s under Green Street has started

Veteran shares lessons, stories with Enota 2nd-graders

A child asks Vietnam War veteran Charles DeSaussure how he survived the war.

“What’s the magic word?” he replied. “Duck.”

DeSaussure spoke to second-graders Tuesday at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Gainesville. He answered questions and shared stories of his eight years in the Air Force.

“War is no good,” DeSaussure said. “No matter what the reason is, war is a terrible thing.”

In his eight and a half years of service, DeSaussure moved more than five times, including three years outside Seville, Spain, two years in Vietnam and a year in Labrador, Canada.

While stationed in Vietnam, DeSaussure said they ate food out of cardboard boxes called C rations or “Charlie rations.”

“It had cans in it,” he said. “So you’d have a can of meat and whatever other things they’d packed in there. Sometimes we’d have chicken and dumplings, a little can of fruit. There’d be a package of crackers, a little bit of peanut butter.”

In his free time on base, DeSaussure worked a part-time job at the movie theater as a projectionist so he could send more money home to his wife.

“We lived in what was called a hootch,” he said. “It was a building that didn’t have any walls in it. All it has was these big louvers that went up and down. We had bunk beds, and it got very, very hot.

“It was always hot. That’s what I remember.”

DeSaussure brought handmade red poppies for the teachers Tuesday, and he gave the students a brief history of the “In Flanders Fields” poem from World War I.  

“These were made by veterans in a veterans’ hospital,” he said. “They do this for therapy. It’s something to do with their hands.”

DeSaussure took a number of questions from students, who were eager to tell him about the service of their fathers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and more.

One student asked DeSaussure if he won the Vietnam War.

DeSaussure sighed.

“I think we could have,” he said.

Another student asked DeSaussure if his job in the military was difficult. He said military personnel don’t question their commands, and they don’t hesitate to do what is expected of them.

“We were all together, we were all in the same situation, and everybody wanted to help each other out,” he said. “The people that you learn to live with in the military, they end up being your best buddies for life. You depended on them for your life, and they depended on you for their life. Can you think of anything more beautiful than that?”


DeSaussure said he enjoyed his time in the military, though it’s had a lasting effect on him.

“I have a heart problem. That’s why I use this,” he said, gesturing to his motorized chair. “My heart doesn’t work the way it should, because of Agent Orange. But it’s just something that happened. There are a lot of guys out there who have problems. These are the guys that are still fighting the war.”

Veteran shares lessons, stories with Enota 2nd-graders

North Hall rabies case confirmed, 14th of year

A raccoon tested positive for rabies Monday at the Decatur-based Georgia Public Health Lab.

The raccoon came in contact with a dog in North Hall near Woodlane Way. The positive lab result makes it the 14th case of rabies in Hall County for 2015.

Anyone noticing an animal acting abnormally is asked to call Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 during non-working hours.

North Hall rabies case confirmed, 14th of year

Pinterest tip leads to man’s arrest on child porn charges

A Flowery Branch man allegedly tried to “pin” child pornography on the Pinterest social media site, according to authorities.

Keith Prosser, 43, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography Monday.

Pinterest notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Prosser “was attempting to ‘pin’ images of child porn,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said.

“Pinning” involves saving items on the social media site to a page the user creates.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in turn told the Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 5.

“Investigators conducted a search warrant at the residence of Prosser and located a hard drive that contained images and videos of child porn,” Bailes wrote in an email.

A judge signed warrants on Nov. 4. Prosser was found Monday at a Cumming address.

Prosser was booked into the Hall County Jail, where he is being held with a $55,200 bond.

Pinterest tip leads to man’s arrest on child porn charges

Chile se entrena con plantilla completa y Sampaoli insinúa once titular

La selección de Chile se entrenó hoy con la plantilla completa, a dos días del partido que jugará el jueves en Santiago contra Colombia, en la tercera jornada de las eliminatorias sudamericanas al Mundial de Rusia 2018.

Chile se entrena con plantilla completa y Sampaoli insinúa once titular

Dos hombres de fe

Llegan los últimos días de convivencia y la emoción se hace presente en la despedida de cada uno de los equipos. El equipo Gastelum reflexiona y llega a las lágrimas luego de su última sesión de entrenamiento. Mientras que Efraín Escudero y su equipo de coaches sorprense a su grupo en la casa con una cena de cierre.

Dos hombres de fe

El torneo olímpico empezará el 3 de agosto en Río con primer partido femenino

El torneo olímpico de fútbol de Río 2016 se iniciará el miércoles 3 de agosto con el primer partido de la competición femenina en el estadio de Río de Janeiro, a las 13.00 hora local, y continuará al día siguiente, jueves 4, con el enfrentamiento inicial del cuadro masculino en Brasilia.

El torneo olímpico empezará el 3 de agosto en Río con primer partido femenino

Police: Suspect with sledgehammer stole $62K in jewelry

A suspect carrying a sledgehammer and trash can broke into an Oakwood store and stole $62,500 in jewelry Sunday morning, according to police.

Oakwood Police investigator Danny Sridej and the department are looking for the suspect in the snatch-and-grab burglary at Nest Feathers on Mundy Mill Road.

The suspect is seen on surveillance video carrying the sledgehammer and a black trash can with wheels into the Oakwood store around 3 a.m. Sunday. The suspect left in an unknown vehicle with $62,500 in Pandora jewelry, police said.

“The suspect was wearing a baseball cap, gloves and a scrap of some type of clothing material on his face to conceal his identity,” Sridej said in a news release.

Sridej said the details of Sunday’s burglary are similar to a heist at J. Spence Jewelry in Tulsa, Okla., in May. The suspect in that incident, who was seen with a sledgehammer, stole more than $70,000 in Pandora jewelry.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sridej at 770-534-2364 or Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Police: Suspect with sledgehammer stole $62K in jewelry