GAINESVILLE - Ten years ago, Hall County began receiving $1 million checks each month from a 1-cent sales tax. That has mushroomed to $2 million-plus. And, if the economy holds and retail continues to grow, the promise of higher amounts lies ahead over the next five years with area school systems' sales tax programs.
I have heard many times since coming here that Eagle Ranch is hope and a new beginning. I never really believed that two years ago when I came here. I thought Eagle Ranch would just be another place that said they cared and wanted to help but never took the time to take me out of my shell and get to know me. Boy was I wrong. From the moment I walked into the doors of the Praise Home, I knew there was something different about Eagle Ranch.
As the drought continues to draw down Lake Lanier and other reservoirs in Georgia, some municipal water intakes have been left high and dry.
GAINESVILLE -- White County schools had 34 Hispanics systemwide in 2001. That number could be found in just two classrooms today in some Gainesville and Hall County schools.
CLEVELAND - There are many things that make White County unique: the "birthplace" of the Cabbage Patch Kids, the Bavarian-style village of Helen, the picturesque dome of Mount Yonah. But there's one distinction that White County officials aren't particularly proud of. Their community is also home to LHR Farms, a waste-disposal operation that processes material pumped from septic tanks and grease traps all over North Georgia.
Three times a week, Larry Cohan can be found teeing off at the Chattahoochee Golf Course. Cohan, an avid golfer for 30 years, began playing the course almost four years ago when he moved to Gainesville.
If you routinely read the food-service inspection reports in The Times, you may have wondered why health inspectors are so picky about things such as the temperature of foods and how often employees wash their hands. But when a Fulton County woman died last month after eating bacteria-contaminated oysters at a restaurant in Hapeville, it was a reminder that proper food handling can mean the difference between life and death. ...
The federal No Child Left Behind Act is set for a face-lift, but whether it's a tweaking here and there or a major overhaul remains to be seen. The law, which has influenced state and local education thinking and policy the past five years, is up for reauthorization, with elected officials and education groups issuing proposals and insights.
On March 1, 1950, a ceremonial groundbreaking drew thousands to the site of what is now Buford Dam. Talk of a dam and reservoir had begun in earnest following the end of World War II.
GAINESVILLE - Financial analysts say the economy is still chugging along at a healthy pace. But charitable organizations that work with the needy are telling a different story. "We've been inundated since about August," said Mike Walston, who runs Good Samaritan Food Ministries for the Chattahoochee Baptist Association in Gainesville. "The number of people we're helping has about doubled. We're really getting kind of worried, because it seems like there's no end to it at ...
Tuesday marks six years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But for most Americans, the threat of terrorism seems to have become little more than background noise. Just last week, a major terrorist plot was reportedly foiled in Germany, but the average person in the United States probably didn't even hear about it.
Much has changed at Gainesville State College in the 10 years Martha Nesbitt has been at the helm. The enrollment has more than doubled, a new academic building has been added, four-year degrees are being offered. Even the roads into the school have changed.
Man versus mussels. That's the way the fight over sharing Lake Lanier's water has been characterized. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has to release a certain amount of water from Buford Dam in order to support endangered species at the southern end of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.
Long before Friday night's lights are on local football fields, it's time for cameras and action for the film crew at North Georgia Productions.
After nearly two decades as executive director of Challenged Child and Friends, Cathy Drerup officially steps down on Sept. 28.
XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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