Days before the state legislative session is set to convene, the office of the state House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee - the committee for which David Ralston is vice chairman - is teeming with state troopers, lawyers and legislators.
2009 was quite a year. Our lake returned to its full glory. One local politician dropped out of the governor's race, but another jumped in. The Gainesville High football team played for a state championship. New schools opened. And, oh, the vice president came to the region.
On this first weekend of the new year, join The Times for a look back at a few of the big stories of the previous year.
Were you slow to raise your hand in math class as a kid? Do you still feel like you're not a "math person"? If you were a kid in an elementary classroom today, it might be different for you.
American educators are realizing that the math class of yesteryear, where pen and paper were the primary tools, is not effectively teaching math basics or inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering and science.