Lanier claims another life; hotel planned in east Gainesville

*A 23-year-old man drowned in Lake Lanier Saturday afternoon. It happened at Lanier Park in Gwinnett County. Authorities say the body of Edgar Steven Cruz Martinez was found in about ten feet of water near where he had been swimming. It was the second drowning in Lanier in less than a week. A Lawrenceville man died Monday night at Hall County’s Van Pugh Park.

*A 90-room Residence Inn is planned in east Gainesville on White Sulphur Road at Huntington Drive near a Kroger-anchored shopping center. Developers hope to start construction next year with a 2025 opening.