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Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

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4 arrested in taxi driver murder in Hall County

4 arrested in taxi driver murder in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Four people have been arrested in connection with a taxi driver's murder in Hall County.

According to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Barrett Road and Dorsey Peek Road early Monday. Deputies found a white Taxi El Palmar in a wooded area. Inside, they found 46-year-old Isasias Tovar-Murrillo, of Gainesville, dead.

Investigators say tips led them to the arrests of 39-year-old Misty Moran, 28-year-old Margarita Leanos, 24-year-old Nicholas Gonzalez and 22-year-old Justin Adams.

Police say that Moran shot and killed Tovar-Murillo during an attempted robbery. The other three suspects followed the taxi as the attempted robbery took place, and then picked up Moran after the robbery, police said.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Hall County's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow

Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gainesville father and son will spend time in prison after being convicted of stealing millions of dollars from an elderly Cobb County woman.

Jeffrey Carr and his father Joseph were each sentenced to 40 years for violating Georgia's RICO Act. Joseph must serve two years in custody, and Jeffrey is required to serve 10.

The pair stole a substantial amount of money from 93-year-old Frances Perkins. Perkins and her late husband owned land in east Cobb County, including 33 acres on Johnson Ferry Road just south of Lower Roswell Road.

According to information presented in court, Jeffrey Carr, 41, became friendly with Perkins's daughter Linda in 2009. Over time, Linda gave Jeffrey Carr half a million dollars.

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Post-storm cleanup continues in Hall County

Post-storm cleanup continues in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County crews continue to clean up fallen trees and limbs after winter weather slammed the area late last month.

County government spokesperson Katie Crumley said workers will be on the roads from 7:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. In addition to county crews, inmate labor and heavy equipment will be used.

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Crumley said workers will only remove debris that fell directly into the road, or was cut by utility crews and left in the road.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

(WXIA) -- With warmer weather right around the corner, Bruster's is offering free ice cream to anyone brave enough to leave the house in pajamas.

The ice cream shop chain will hold its PJ Day promotion all day on Saturday, Mar. 7. Customers who wear their pajamas to any Bruster's in metro Atlanta will receive a free small waffle cone.

Visit brusters.com for more information.