With all the news about the crumbling economy, Liz Hansen decided to cut out the option for her 7-year-old son, Smith, to go to day camp this summer.
The Field of Dreams was built as a safe and accessible place for special-needs children to play, but some Hall county residents are concerned that as programming is being developed, few children are allowed to play on the costly field.
Stuck between two other events that defined generations, the Korean War has unfortunately become a forgotten war for too many Americans.
The Hall County landfill is one of many graveyards of American consumerism.
BY ASHLEY FIELDING
Plenty of physical improvements appear on the way for Lake Lanier and Buford Dam, thanks to millions pouring in from federal stimulus money. But the one project that excites many lake advocates the most has nothing to do with park improvements or shoreline fixes.
In an unsteady economy, it's hard to count on anything except more layoffs. With the national unemployment rate being the highest it's been in more than 20 years, many people are looking for a way to have a guaranteed income. For some, the answer that they were searching for turns out to be the U.S. armed forces.
The sorting line at the Hall County recycling center is a busy, noisy place. A flurry of gloved hands separate clear plastic water bottles from yellow plastic milk jugs that whir by on a conveyer belt. As uniformed detention officers look on, inmate laborers toss the plastic from the steel catwalk where they stand onto mountains of recyclables below.
It's like the biggest game of musical chairs anyone has ever seen. This month, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is transferring all of its Lanier Park hospital patients to the main campus, while simultaneously opening a massive new hospital building, the $180 million North Patient Tower.
Once-booming South Hall now must apply the brakes, at least in terms of sewer growth, thanks to the tanking economy. And with the recession has come high sewage rates and strained relationships with South Hall residents and municipalities.
Gainesville may be one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, but the many "for rent" signs on homes, apartments and businesses around town seem to suggest otherwise. The recession that has affected the real estate market also is trickling into the rental market for both residential and commercial sites.
Even folks who might have warmed the bench in high school get a rush under the glow of Friday night lights.
The fate of SPLOST VI affects not only Hall County but the cities within it. Seven municipalities will receive a cut of the $240 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if it passed by voters Tuesday.
Hall County voters are deciding whether they want to pay a sixth round of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to fund major projects across the county, but some of the projects voted on in years past still have not been completed.
The two-year, $787 billion federal stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed in February by President Barack Obama. It provides a mix of federal spending to help create jobs, tax cuts and aid to states. Political posturing continues as details still are filtering down to state governments about how much money they may receive and when.
The most important fact of life is death. Yet, we spend our whole lives busily running away from that fact to create an ever-more complex world of endless trivial tasks and diversions. But the ultimate reality is that our time here is so limited and ever closer to the end.
WASHINGTON - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very special trade agreement. It is so special that our government officials who are negotiating it want to keep it completely secret from us.
WASHINGTON - Those who think we can protect U.S. jobs by turning inward have got it exactly backward.
In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, many are asking how someone who came to America at the age of 9, attended some of our best schools, captained the wrestling team, went to the prom and became a citizen could have inflicted such a devastating attack on our society.
Earlier this month, 35 public school teachers and administrators indicted for allegedly cheating to raise test scores in an Atlanta school district began turning themselves in to authorities. They may be the tip of the iceberg; a state investigation implicates 178 educators in the scandal.
America's economy is poised to roar ahead if only Washington would stop holding it back.
With Tax Day upon us, American families and employers are keenly aware of the deep cut the government is taking out of their household incomes and hard-earned profits - especially during the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
America's economy is in the midst of a Great Stagnation that almost rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the nation is fighting a costly and prolonged worldwide war against relentless Islamic terrorism.
In January, the Georgia Economic Developers Association hosted more than 50 state legislators at a luncheon to celebrate economic development accomplishments over the past 12 months. We also launched a year of celebration complete with a proclamation from Gov. Nathan Deal, as 2013 marks GEDA's 50th Anniversary.
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