Some may roll their eyes at the discussion of open government and open records laws, believing them to be the concerns of only the media and advocacy groups.
Area residents have been hearing a lot about the special purpose local option sales tax for transportation in recent weeks. In the months to come, they are going to be hearing a whole lot more.
As our nation marks a solemn Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the nation's deadliest terrorist attacks, the question we ask today on our front page is, "Are we safer?"
Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer season. But for many Americans seeking work, dark clouds have covered the sunshine for some time.
Don't look now but it's nearly election time again.
If you've paid any attention to the financial news in the last few weeks, you're probably wondering what happened to the recovery we were told was under way.
This week, Georgia legislators begin the arduous and divisive process of redrawing the state's political maps based on population shifts reflected by the 2010 census. It's a tough job for whichever party has the reins.
Like a bungling buffoon in a kid's cartoon, Hall County commissioners have painted themselves into a corner with their handling of the county's recreation department, and at this point there's no clear path to a solution without leaving a lot of footprints in the paint.
Three years ago this summer, Gainesville's school system was in a state of chaos.
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"Read my lips ... no new taxes!"
Now that the smoke has cleared from all the last-minute wheeling and dealing that resulted in a county budget for the coming year, a couple of things seem obvious.
Two federal court rulings last week have had a major effect on Georgia's future, and our area's, on two key issues: immigration and water.
Here's the question for the gang of three that is in control of the Hall County Board of Commissioners: What's the plan for adopting a budget that makes sense for the county before Thursday's deadline?
The General Assembly is about to embark on a task undertaken every 10 years that is the political equivalent of cleaning the garage: messy, but important.
'Cause I'm the taxman
Just in time for this year's elections, registering to vote in Georgia may get a little easier.
Each year at the end of March, we offer our annual Progress sections, included in today's paper. The sections take our community's temperature along six separate topics - Education and Government, Health and Safety, Business and Industry, Sports and Leisure, Arts and Community and Poultry - over the last calendar year.
Tap your finger on a smartphone and you've got access to your bank account, your favorite restaurant's menu and your child's baseball schedule.
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