It's like the biggest game of musical chairs anyone has ever seen.<p>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. <p>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. <p>The recession that has affected the real estate market also is trickling into the rental market for both residential and commercial sites.
<font size="2"><p align="justify"><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Even folks who might have warmed the bench in high school get a rush under the glow of Friday night lights.</font> </font>
The fate of SPLOST VI affects not only Hall County but the cities within it. <p>Seven municipalities will receive a cut of the $240 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if it passed by voters Tuesday.
<p>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.
<p>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.
Joe Lane Cox remembers the rough times of the late 1970s and early 1980s - high jobless and interest rates among them.<p>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.
Brendann Jordan happily watches her favorite shows - "Grey's Anatomy," "American Idol" and "Lost"- on an old analog set, and she concedes she's not yet ready for the conversion to digital TV. <p>"I just kind of don't know what to do," said Jordan, a Gillsville resident who feels the transition is an unnecessary hassle. "I don't think it's fair."
<em>"Yours of the 25th suggesting the names of Col. Fremont, and Messrs. Hunt, Raynor, and Gilmer for places in the Cabinet is received. I had thought of all of them before, but not very definitely of any except Mr. Gilmer ... If you will ascertain his feelings, and write me, I shall be obliged. Our German friends might not be quite satisfied with his appointment, but I think we could appease them."</em>
When Linda Brock watched her son, Dylan, graduate from Flowery Branch High School last May, her eyes brimmed with tears as her son strolled confidently in his cap and gown to pick up his diploma. <p>The 19-year-old had big dreams. He wanted to be a television broadcaster.
<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2"><p align="center">BY JESSICA JORDAN </font>
<em><strong>As students of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School tuned into the first presidential election their young minds will remember, they marveled at the notion that President-elect Barack Obama will be "the boss" of our nation Tuesday.</strong></em> <p><em><strong>For whatever reason, the man strikes a chord with kids.</strong></em>
<p>A year ago, when the global economy was still booming, anything that could be recycled was a hot commodity.
<font size="2"><p align="justify"><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif">If you hear a governor talking about the most challenging state budget in history, you can take your pick of any of 41 chief executives who face budget gaps of a combined $42 billion on their fiscal year 2009 spending plans.</font> </font>
<p>FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
<p><span style="font-size: 15px;">GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.</span>
<p>OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
<p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
<p>WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
<p>WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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