El Gante echa al Lyon de Europa con un gol en el minuto 95

Un gol de Kalifa Coulibaly, en el minuto 95, otorgó hoy al Gante una sorprendente victoria que le permite soñar con clasificarse para los octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones, además de dejar al Lyon fuera de Europa.

El Gante echa al Lyon de Europa con un gol en el minuto 95

El Oporto cae ante el Dínamo y enreda su pase a octavos

El Oporto perdió hoy contra todo pronóstico ante el Dínamo de Kiev ucraniano (0-2) y está obligado a ganar al Chelsea en Londres en la última jornada para no depender de terceros si quiere pasar a los octavos de la Liga de Campeones.

El Oporto cae ante el Dínamo y enreda su pase a octavos

El Chelsea cumple ante el Maccabi pero se jugará la vida frente a Oporto

El Chelsea cumplió con goleada (0-4) pero sin alardes el trámite en el campo del Maccabi Tel Aviv, donde venció gracias a su eficacia a balón parado, aunque el triunfo del Dinamo de Kiev en Oporto le obliga a jugarse la vida en la última jornada ante el conjunto luso en Stamford Bridge.

El Chelsea cumple ante el Maccabi pero se jugará la vida frente a Oporto

The long trek to creating Cherokee Bluffs Park

Hall County’s newest park, Cherokee Bluffs, is being lauded for its golden views of surrounding South Hall County and unique display of huge rock outcroppings.

With its tree-lined trails following along creeks and set beneath rock formations, hikers and bikers might even think they’re in the Northeast Georgia mountains.

The journey to the park’s opening Nov. 20 was no easy journey and came nine years after the original date to break ground.

The opening marked the culmination of years of planning and development, as well as securing the proper funding. Because of the Great Recession, the project was shelved for a time.

“It was just not something we felt like we could do … so it pretty much got put on the backburner,” said Craig Lutz, former South Hall representative on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

After the economy had rebounded, Lutz was a key force in putting the project back on the radar.

Nearly $3.5 million had been spent before the recession to buy the property using special purpose local option sales taxes money and a federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.

Last year, the commission approved a $2.8 million budget for the 168-acre park at 5867 Blackjack Road, near Sterling on the Lake subdivision, that was funded by impact fees and special purpose local option sales taxes.

“After seeing the history we have there and the wonderful topography and geography of the park, I think it says something that the county was able to preserve that gem (largely) using funds that came from development in the area,” Lutz said, referring to impact fees.

The park, with 62 acres leased to the county by Vulcan Materials Co., features a network of trails, a community room with an attached museum, an open-air picnic pavilion with fireplace, and a 400-seat amphitheater that’s suitable for concerts, weddings and other events.

Also, visitors can explore the tops of the outcroppings, but it’s clear the county wants them to use caution as several signs are posted saying “Hazardous cliff! Warning!”

Area resident Chris Puckett said he’s impressed with the park, particularly its views, and is looking forward to more improvements, including moving an old, pioneer cabin to the property to further showcase the area’s history.

The park’s name suggests Cherokee settlement around the area, with lore that a Cherokee chose to jump to his death off one of the rocks rather than be forced to march in the tragic Trail of Tears.

“I wished there was more emphasis on the rock,” said Puckett, who lives off nearby Friendship Road/Ga. 347.

One of the rocks extends, providing a shelter beneath it.

“My ancestors lived under that rock when they first came into Hall County in 1828,” Puckett said. “That’s a special place to me.”

More work is on the way, including a playground, disc golf and a stone walkway from the manmade lake to the rocks. Also planned are more multi-use trails, adding up to what will be 5 miles.

“There’s so much to explore here,” parks director Mike Little said. “And there’s so much variety … with rolling pastures, pine thickets and deer in here like crazy.”

Cherokee Bluffs might be a selling point for residents considering a move to the area — the already huge Sterling on the Lake is adding more homes.

But Lutz sees the park as much more.

“This is a quality of life element,” he said, adding he believes more than just locals will take advantage. “It’s a regional asset.”

The long trek to creating Cherokee Bluffs Park

Goleada cómoda del Barça, que entrará en octavos como primero de grupo

El Barcelona resolvió sin ningún tipo de problemas su compromiso contra el Roma, al que goleó con comodidad (6-1), y obtuvo el premio que buscaba, entrar primero de grupo en los octavos de final, aunque aún le queda por disputar un partido, frente al Bayer Leverkusen, totalmente irrelevante.

Goleada cómoda del Barça, que entrará en octavos como primero de grupo

El Arsenal golea al Dinamo Zagreb y se jugará la clasificación en Atenas

El Arsenal goleó este martes en el Emirates Stadium al Dinamo Zagreb por 3-0 y se jugará el pase a octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones el próximo 9 de diciembre, en la sexta y última jornada de la fase de grupos, en Atenas frente al Olympiacos.

El Arsenal golea al Dinamo Zagreb y se jugará la clasificación en Atenas

Pilotos bolivianos participarán en presentación oficial del Dakar en Bolivia

El ministro de Culturas y Turismo, Marko Machicao, informó el martes que al menos 10 de los 11 pilotos bolivianos inscritos para competir en el Dakar participarán el viernes en la presentación oficial de esa afamada competencia mundial en Bolivia.

Pilotos bolivianos participarán en presentación oficial del Dakar en Bolivia

Cumming man charged in wreck that killed Gainesville man

A Cumming man has been charged in connection with a two-vehicle crash that killed a Gainesville man on McFarland Parkway and Ga. 400 last week.

Vincent Sams, 53, was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree vehicular homicide, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to use due regard while operating a motor vehicle, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred about noon Nov. 17 at McFarland and the entrance ramp to Ga. 400 North.

Franklin Smith, 49, of Gainesville was attempting to turn left onto Ga. 400 from eastbound McFarland in a 2006 Toyota Corolla.

As he made the turn, Sams was reportedly traveling west on McFarland in a 2011 Ford Mustang and struck the passenger side of the Corolla as he entered the intersection.

Evidence at the scene indicated Smith had a green arrow to make the left onto Ga. 400, said Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, at the time.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Smith was unresponsive “with an obvious head injury.”

He was taken in critical condition to an area hospital, where he later died, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sams was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

He was booked into the Forsyth County Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, bond had not been listed.

Cumming man charged in wreck that killed Gainesville man