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Today's America resembles society before the fall of Rome

As we contemplate the destruction of our country, perhaps these few words may ring out to you. This is taken from "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" as written by Edward Gibbon in 1788. It gives five basic reasons why this civilization withered and died. These are:

May 20, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Jurrjens not as sharp as Arizona's Collmenter

May 20, 2011 | Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Thrashers remaining in Atlanta for now

ATLANTA - The Thrashers still belong to Atlanta - for now.

May 19, 2011 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Thrashers

Flande earns first win for Gwinnett

Yohan Flande converted on his first win of the season and the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves defeated the Rochester Red Wings 7-3 on Thursday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

May 19, 2011 | From staff reports | Gwinnett Braves

Spratlin wins Chicopee Woods tourney

Clark Spratlin fired a 6-under-par 102 on Tuesday, giving him a two-day total of 16-under-par 200, to win the fourth annual Chicopee Woods Players Championships at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course.

May 19, 2011 | From staff reports | Community sports

Piedmont baseball, Brenau tennis advance in postseason

Kevin Caldwell threw eight strong innings, and the Piedmont College baseball team scored six runs in the sixth inning en rout to defeating Salisbury University 10-1 in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA South Regional Tournament on Wednesday. The win was only the second NCAA postseason victory in school history for the third-seeded Lions (31-13).

May 19, 2011 | From staff reports | Local colleges

8-AAA all-region soccer teams announced

After leading the Johnson boys soccer team to the Region 8-AAA championship and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs, Brian Shirley has been named the Region 8-AAA Boys Coach of the Year, as voted on by the region coaches. The Knights finished the season 15-4 after falling to Woodward Academy in the second round. Also for Johnson, senior Ariel Mejia was named the Boys Player of the Year.

May 19, 2011 | From staff reports | High schools

Homeowner finds old artillery shell in crawl space

A North Hall property owner this morning found something a little startling in the crawl space of a vacant home under renovation - an old artillery shell.

May 19, 2011 | From staff reports | Local

Outdoor fishing report: Top water fishing time is approaching

Lake temperatures are in the lower 70s. Lake Lanier is down about a foot and a half at 1069.4. The main-lake water is clear to slightly stained and slightly stained in the creeks and rivers. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

May 19, 2011 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors

Art for students’ sake

This year, North Georgia art lovers will have a chance to enjoy a striking display of talent throughout the summer.

May 19, 2011 | | Get Out top stories

How did state ever prosper without illegal immigrants?

I just finished your article "New measure may face legal fight." In opposition to Arturo Corso, there is nothing mean-spirited about a bill that seeks to enforce the law. HB 87 does not "marginalize an entire race of people and attacks their citizen friends." What it does do is punish illegal immigrants and calls attention to those who assist the law breakers.

May 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

The real threat to America comes from intolerant views

Dr. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "Those who can sacrifice essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security." These words written in the 18th century amazingly still prove true, speaking either volumes about the insight of Dr. Franklin as well as the inability of Americans to distinguish fear from incredible racism, paranoia and demented, rabid intolerance.

May 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Local Presbyterian churches can choose whom they ordain

The news is out that the Presbyterian Church of the USA now ordains gay and lesbians. This is troubling to many, including myself. The news reports would have you believe that all congregations will now ordain deacons and elders who are practicing homosexuals. This is not true. This is a local option, a decision for each congregation.

May 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Dawson County commission districts may be redrawn

Recent census numbers have Dawson County officials looking at the possibility of redrawing the county commission districts.

May 18, 2011 | MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local

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Letter: Recent letters, column take different views on how we learn tolerance

The juxtaposition of Jayne Bedingfield's letter in Friday's paper about generalization being "a mistake that is often made by children and the ...

August 19, 2017 | | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Let’s all help UNG students learn to become better writers

University of North Georgia enrollment keeps climbing. As we prepare for the start of the fall semester, we are looking at close to 20,000 ...

August 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

High school football: Habersham tops East Hall, 72-55, in shootout

The Habersham Central Raiders and the East Hall Vikings put up almost 1,600 yards of total offense in a 72-55 Raiders win at East ...

August 19, 2017 | Jimmy Schofield For The Times | High schools

High school scoreboard: Knight pitches complete game in Flowery Branch softball team's win

Kara Kight pitched a complete games in Flowery Branch's 4-3 win against Oconee County in the Hawk-Bulldog tournament on Friday.

August 18, 2017 | Times staff reports | High schools

High school football: White County rolls to 33-0 win against Franklin County

White County's Kaleb Crane rushed for 126 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Warriors' (1-0) season opener and 33-0 win against Franklin County ...

August 18, 2017 | Times staff reports | High schools

High school football: Lanier Christian tops Horizon Christian, 40-12

Jeremiah Bonds rushed for 123 yards with three touchdowns in Lanier Christian Academy's 40-12 victory against Horizon Christian Academy on Friday in Cumming.

August 18, 2017 | Times staff reports | High schools

Minister's Message: Redemption for our failings only found by seeking God’s grace

I'm sure your heart and soul are still reeling from the events in Charlottesville last weekend, as mine are. Yes, the events that unfolded ...

August 18, 2017 | Scott Hearn | Life top stories

Candidate qualifying begins next week for municipal elections

Cities hold elections this year, and some key positions, particularly mayoral seats, are up for grabs in the Nov. 7 election.

August 18, 2017 | | Local

Letter: How a march for equality, dignity can hit close to home

"I wish I lived in an all white world." This shocking statement came from my 5-year-old daughter. It was three decades past the days of ...

August 18, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Parker’s views on monuments, race echo alt-right extremism

Star Parker's column on Thursday regarding the events in Charlottesville, Va. was in stark contrast to the editorial of The Times on the same ...

August 18, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

High school scoreboard: Redmon's three-run homer lifts East Hall softball team to win

Steffanie Redmon hit a three-run home run for East Hall in a 6-4 win against Greater Atlanta Christian on Thursday night. Macy Banks threw eight ...

August 17, 2017 | Times staff reports | High schools

Haney graduates from US Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class John D. Haney graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San ...

August 17, 2017 | | Community

NGTC Foundation announces new $250 Savage Innovator Award

The North Georgia Technical College Foundation has recently received a donation to start the Savage Innovator Award.

August 17, 2017 | | Community

Pets of the Week, Aug. 20

August 17, 2017 | | Life top stories

Bird’s nest fungus is common and harmless, not a disease

Question: What are these strange things growing on top of the soil of one of the houseplants I set outside for the summer? They look ...

August 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce | Columnists

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