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Road work ahead?

Bill Evans knew progress was headed his way - he had a clue about it in 1956.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Ballowe's legacy: Will Gainesville Model survive?

Steven Ballowe, former superintendent of Gainesville city schools, began his administrative career 30 years ago as the assistant principal of an inner-city school in South Carolina plagued by racial disharmony.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Electing to serve: Poll workers get ready for election

Back in the 1940s, poll worker Melvin Thomas hand counted votes past midnight in a school house, illuminated by the light of gasoline lanterns.

August 31, 2008 | | Viewpoint


Remembering Dad: A reporter recalls father's legacy of laughter, love

No Father's Day cards this year. All I can offer now is this tribute.

It's hard to believe I'm even writing the words.

August 10, 2008 | Column | Viewpoint


After the parade: Resources for veterans

Helium has now seeped from all the red, white and blue balloons that lined Green Street for the Memorial Day parade. The cheering crowds have shuffled home and all the barbecue has been eaten.

July 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Preserving Fair Street

James Brooks walks past two manicured lawns on College Avenue, proudly proclaims their owners' history and narrows his eyes in contempt.

July 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Playing with fire: Novelty lighters too tempting for children

They're cute but not harmless.

Little pink plastic pigs, dogs, frogs and other animals that would fit perfectly in a menagerie of knickknacks are actually cigarette lighters showing up increasingly at convenience store counters.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint


State's schools bracing for the bump

Georgia schools already struggling to shed negative labels of "needs improvement" and not making "adequate yearly progress" are in an even deeper hole this year as basic proficiency standards get tougher.

June 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Small cars, big mileage

Good things come in small packages.

June 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Getting HELP: Special court designed to help mentally ill

It took an armed standoff with police to finally get Ron the help he needed for his depression.

Suicidal and waving a loaded .357 Magnum in a public place, the bankrupt 46-year-old was certain he would be shot by officers.

June 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint


On a mission: Church youth helps deaf school

What started out with a mile-long line at the Delta check-in area, ended up as being one of the most life-changing weeks in my life. We arrived at the airport around 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 to begin our weeklong trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We were going to the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf to stay on the school's campus to take part in a mission trip.

June 21, 2008 | By Kaitlin Burchett For The Times | Viewpoint


Gainesville's goal: Build sidewalks to somewhere

Abigail Cruz takes short steps in the noon heat, marching down each minute of her half-hour walk to work.

June 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


THE PARENTS: Steering children through teen years a challenge

Launching a child into adulthood means sending them through the teenage years, an unavoidable and thorny path that parents remember with scars of their own.

And among the most worrisome distractions for parents are drugs and alcohol.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


THE TEENAGERS: Teens say they have easy access to drugs, medicines

The subject is a parents' biggest enemy, and some teenagers' biggest curiosity.

But teenagers say they don't have to go far to find out what drugs and alcohol are all about.

June 15, 2008 | By Ashley Fielding and Jessica Jordan afielding@gainesvilletimes.com; jjordan@gainesvilletimes.com | Viewpoint


The 2008 session: Good or bad?

Over a week after adjournment of the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, political observers are still talking about the session that long will be remembered for the deep rift that developed between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

Left undone was any compromise on tax relief from differing ideas floated by Cagle and Richardson. Also undone was any long-term solution for trauma care and transportation.

June 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


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