For a time during the presidential primary season, it looked as if health care was going to be the dominant issue of the campaign. Over the past few months, however, the topic has seemed to drop off the radar screen.
"We all did think health care was going to be at least the No. 2 issue (after the Iraq war)," said Mimi Collins, chief executive officer of the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. "Now everyone's talking about the economy.
Scoreboards glowing above stadiums nationwide this fall will tell cheering fans if their team is winning. In the education arena, it's No Child Left Behind, the federal mandate President George W. Bush signed into law in early 2002, that keeps America's score on education.
For an hour this week, a group of seven high school students from public and private schools in Hall County spent an hour with the president of the University of Georgia in a dialogue that covered a variety of subject from how to get into UGA to "How 'bout them Dawgs?"
In Georgia courts, seeking the death penalty is a costly proposition.
From jury selection to attorney pay, from hours upon hours of pretrial preparation to added costs for juror lodging and transportation, capital trials are by far the most expensive criminal proceedings undertaken in local superior courts.
Drive around Northeast Georgia Medical Center these days, and you can't help but notice that the landscape is changing.
Exterior work is basically finished on two major construction projects, the Women & Children's Pavilion and the North Patient Tower. And down the road, a new three-story addition looms over the Imaging Center.