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Locked out? Some question Field of Dreams' usage

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.

May 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


Korea: The forgotten war

Stuck between two other events that defined generations, the Korean War has unfortunately become a forgotten war for too many Americans.

May 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Viewpoint


Hall recycling: A lot goes in, but it could be more

The Hall County landfill is one of many graveyards of American consumerism.

May 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Olympic venue no longer golden

BY ASHLEY FIELDING

May 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Rewriting the book on Lanier

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.

May 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Seeking a few good men (and women, too)

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.

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Viewpoint


An inmate work force

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.

April 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint


What does it take to move a hospital?

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.

April 12, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Sewer slowdown: Expansion in South Hall eases

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.

April 05, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jeff Gill mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | Viewpoint


A renter's market

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.

March 28, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Harris Blackwood mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com | Viewpoint


High school sports budgets: A level playing field?

Even folks who might have warmed the bench in high school get a rush under the glow of Friday night lights.

March 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


What will that SPLOST penny buy?

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.

March 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


SPLOST V status

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.

March 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Federal stimulus: Show us the money

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.

March 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Viewpoint


Local stimulation: How the feds have helped the economy before

Joe Lane Cox remembers the rough times of the late 1970s and early 1980s - high jobless and interest rates among them.

Even as Dawson County's then-sole commissioner, he and his wife each worked two jobs (his as a night watchman) to keep paying the bills.

February 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


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