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High and dry: Belmont residents want water

Roy Crowe lives in a nightmare where the source of clean water is visible but beyond his reach.

At the corner of Belmont Highway and Mabery Road, Crowe has four wells that have gone dry. The one that does work produces water so dirty, so full of iron that Crowe and his wife Elizabeth buy their drinking water and wash their white laundry elsewhere.

June 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Will Georgia go from roads to rails?

Could high-speed rail really be within the grasp of automobile-loving Southerners?

June 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

Happy campers, worried parents

With all the news about the crumbling economy, Liz Hansen decided to cut out the option for her 7-year-old son, Smith, to go to day camp this summer.

June 07, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Locked out? Some question Field of Dreams' usage

The Field of Dreams was built as a safe and accessible place for special-needs children to play, but some Hall county residents are concerned that as programming is being developed, few children are allowed to play on the costly field.

May 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

Korea: The forgotten war

Stuck between two other events that defined generations, the Korean War has unfortunately become a forgotten war for too many Americans.

May 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Viewpoint

Hall recycling: A lot goes in, but it could be more

The Hall County landfill is one of many graveyards of American consumerism.

May 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Olympic venue no longer golden


May 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Rewriting the book on Lanier

Plenty of physical improvements appear on the way for Lake Lanier and Buford Dam, thanks to millions pouring in from federal stimulus money.

But the one project that excites many lake advocates the most has nothing to do with park improvements or shoreline fixes.

May 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

Seeking a few good men (and women, too)

In an unsteady economy, it's hard to count on anything except more layoffs.

With the national unemployment rate being the highest it's been in more than 20 years, many people are looking for a way to have a guaranteed income. For some, the answer that they were searching for turns out to be the U.S. armed forces.

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Viewpoint

An inmate work force

The sorting line at the Hall County recycling center is a busy, noisy place.

A flurry of gloved hands separate clear plastic water bottles from yellow plastic milk jugs that whir by on a conveyer belt. As uniformed detention officers look on, inmate laborers toss the plastic from the steel catwalk where they stand onto mountains of recyclables below.

April 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint

What does it take to move a hospital?

It's like the biggest game of musical chairs anyone has ever seen.

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.

April 12, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint

Sewer slowdown: Expansion in South Hall eases

Once-booming South Hall now must apply the brakes, at least in terms of sewer growth, thanks to the tanking economy.

And with the recession has come high sewage rates and strained relationships with South Hall residents and municipalities.

April 05, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jeff Gill; | Viewpoint

A renter's market

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.

The recession that has affected the real estate market also is trickling into the rental market for both residential and commercial sites.

March 28, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Harris Blackwood; | Viewpoint

High school sports budgets: A level playing field?

Even folks who might have warmed the bench in high school get a rush under the glow of Friday night lights.

March 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint

What will that SPLOST penny buy?

The fate of SPLOST VI affects not only Hall County but the cities within it.

Seven municipalities will receive a cut of the $240 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if it passed by voters Tuesday.

March 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

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