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POSTED: November 17, 2015 2:16 p.m.

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vickyjch5633: May 30, 2012 8:59 a.m.

My question is to the Times. Why do you seldom cover events out in the North and East Hall County? This past week Lula had an amazing Memorial Day Celebration.. You were invited. Not one word about it in The Times.
No coverage for the City Council Meeting at either Gillsville, Lula or Clermont. Our towns are important to us. I know I am not alone wanting to see more coverage about our area.

rwdragon86: May 30, 2012 10:29 a.m.

Spirit of Atlanta has been practicing daily at Riverside Military Academy and I see no mention of that. The reporters need to get out of the office a little more.

jimr: September 27, 2012 6:16 p.m.

Why has the Hall County Elections board not updated its web site since the July elections.
When does early voting start for the November elections ?

simplesally: January 23, 2013 2:07 p.m.

Why does Flowery Branch High School have someone directing traffic in front of their school every morning and afternoon, while West Hall High School only has someone in the afternoons?

goodperson: January 25, 2013 5:48 a.m.

Will there be an effect on the jail's budget now that Fulton County has mandated that they bring all inmates back in house? Forsyth is building a new jail, although it will it not be ready for a couple of years, so they will no longer outsource. What is the plan for the new jail given the new alternative sentencing programs? I have heard different stories, one that is the jail is already falling a part and another that we were going to build a second tower.I do not know what to believe anymore, but seems like we built a San Quentin/Taj Mahal with out much fore sight. If the Fulton County and Forsyth County inmates are not there, then there is no reason to release non violent inmates earlier, which economically to me seems contradictory. Sort of like "we built it, and now lets fill it up". Remember the personnel, food, laundry and administrative costs. We do not make money running a jail.
Let's face it, we built a jail too far out, too big and too crappy. Yes this was on Cronic's watch. This jail could have easily been built closer to town to cut down on administrative cost of transferring inmates on plenty of land available including the property behind the DMV office. It is was already a halfway house and now serves as a State Probation office with plenty of land and facilities. I agree we needed a newer, bigger and more efficient jail out of down town, but building more than you need, on a dump site not close to the Court House was a better idea?

stellabell: September 2, 2013 7:37 a.m.

Why does the smell of raw sewage take your breath away at the Gas station/Senior Fiesta on 129/nopone Rd? Johnny Hulsey, mr. Septic cleaner himself owns the property. It's revolting to eat there then come out to that smell. Has no one complained before? Seems strange to me

emann: October 15, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Has Emma Witman considering doing a follow up story on President's Day stabbing victim Marcus Fox and how Mr. Fox feels about the failure to prosecute the assailant after almost two years?

stellabell: January 28, 2014 4:18 a.m.

What ever happened to the Syfan girl that stabbed herself and claimed a black guy raped her and stabbed her? I'm sure the syfan family paid to keep that out of the public. Did she get punished for falsifying a report?

lindasarto: April 22, 2014 4:25 p.m.

Why does the Times never publish any articles about all the ethics issues, management problems, court cases/decisions & department crises that are occurring under the leadership of Gov. Nathan Deal? It seems a blatant attempt to play favorites for a local resident despite the newsworthiness of these same issues at the state & national level. This lack of coverage does not reflect well on the respect of your impartiality. For many people this is the only paper they receive.

myview: August 13, 2014 4:26 p.m.

I think we are fortunate to have a good hospital in Gainesville. However, it is confusing to see our hospital rated different grades by various rating services. Also, one of the most important issues today is infection rates in hospitals. I don't know how our hospital is doing in that regard.

Maybe a detailed, and thoroughly researched, article on our hospital would be interesting to all your readers. Thank you!

myview: August 13, 2014 4:36 p.m.

Hospital continued. Forgot to add this:

Also, share all the information that would be appropriate concerning:
Finance and sources of finance.
Who actually owns the hospital, how board members are elected, how new blood gets on the board.
Financial impact on community.
More transparency of operations.

jime770: January 28, 2015 2:59 p.m.

Why wasn't Walmart required to build a right turn lane at the new location on Thompson Bridge Road. Today is first day open and is already causing traffic delays.

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