Thank you for the article about Dot and Loy Rouse.
Dawson County is home to many hunting enthusiasts, but not many get a chance to say they have hunted down the likes of zebras, impalas and elephants.
For a third year, Dawson County schools and parks will be opening their doors to help feed the hungry over the summer.
Property owners in Georgia who feel their property value is less than the appraised value set by the tax assessor has the right under the law to file a taxpayer's return of real property Form PT-50R. This form must be filed before April 1.
The law states your property must be assessed at "fair market value" or "fair and equal value."
Sitting in the stands Saturday nearly 130 miles south of Dawsonville, there was no sign in sight of a sluggish economy, nearly $4 a gallon gas prices or high unemployment rates.
Everywhere you looked you saw someone you knew, decked out in maroon and gold, cheering on our Lady Tigers basketball team.
In reference to the proposed Calhoun Creek Reservoir, Mayor James Grogan stated in news reports: "It's a manmade reservoir already, an old rock quarry..."
It would be interesting to know what he bases this on. There is no evidence that there has ever been a quarry on Calhoun Creek or Peachtree Creek, the tributary which flows into it and would also be a part of the reservoir.
Now that we're almost three quarters through session, the House is considering more legislation than at any other time this session. We spend longer days at the Capitol, and vote on more legislation.
This past week the House voted on several major pieces of legislation that will have a positive impact on our state.
Last week was another busy week under the Gold Dome. Bills were introduced on various topics and all of my committees met to discuss legislation and to learn about issues occurring in our State.
The House and Senate went into a joint session on Thursday in the House of Representatives for the State of the Judiciary Address.
In every middle school government class, there is a lesson about how a bill becomes a law-complete with charts, diagrams and textbook chapters.
We spent many hours as students reviewing and memorizing the process, and of course, passed the quizzes with flying colors. But with age sometimes comes a fuzzy recollection of those important lessons we learned so many years ago, and the one step of the process I am asked about the most is when a bill goes to committee. What is the function of committees? Who serves on the committee? Why are committee reviews necessary?
Last week the House and Senate appropriations committees began the arduous process of reviewing the governor's budget recommendations and turning them into the actual legislation that will ultimately guide all state spending.
Gov. Nathan Deal started the process Jan. 22 and was then followed by the leaders of our state agencies, each of whom explained their agency's budget and answered questions from House and Senate members.
Jerril Charles Howard, 70, of Cumming, died Dec. 23, 2012.
His parents, Lewis and Eather Howard; brothers, Lloyd Howard, Broughton Howard and Norris Howard, preceded him in death.
I was hoping that for once the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended on Dec. 21 as they had said it would.
That would have taken care of the fiscal cliff and all the politicians that caused it. A little fire and brimstone would serve them right.
Nelson Garner, 60, of Forsyth County, died Dec. 2, 2012.
He was a 50 year member of Cumming Second Baptist Church.
Scotty Eugene Gayton, 24, of Forsyth County, died Dec. 5, 2012.
His father, Talmadge "T-Bolt" Gayton; grandparents, Georgia Hause, Roy Sams, Tommy Fouts; great-grandparents, Ralph and Hazel House and Bud Nalley, preceded him in death.
Carolyn Irene Higgins, 75, of Dawsonville, died Dec. 6, 2012.
Born Feb. 14, 1937, to the late Dave and Eliza Kimbral, she lived most of her life in Dawson County.