When Eddie Staub was 27 years old, he came to Gainesville with little else but a dream. He had visions of creating a home for children who were struggling in their family lives, in school and with themselves.
After acquiring some land in Chestnut Mountain in South Hall County with the help of Georgia coach Vince Dooley and Georgia Tech coach Bill Curry, Staub sat down in a rickety old barn on the property, the only structure on site, and saw a glimpse of Eagle Ranch's future.
GAINESVILLE -- The departure of Connie Hagler from the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has some people wondering if the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue is now without its paddle.
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 this point."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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