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The high cost of death

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.

October 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint

Med center: Growing for the future

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.

September 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint

A park for Don Carter

Don Carter and Jimmy Carter, who are not related, became friends before Jimmy was elected governor and later president.

One day, walking on a beach along the Georgia coast, Don told the future governor that he would like to serve on the Game and Fish Commission, the forerunner to the Department of Natural Resources.

September 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint

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

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