The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.
It's that time of year again.
We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
Four Lanier Technical College students have been selected as the college's semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL award, according to Kari Register, coordinator for the Lanier Technical College's GOAL program.
Lonnie Junior McBrayer, 78, of Cumming, died Jan. 13, 2015.
Charles Wesley Holbrook, 65, died Jan. 13, 2015.
Linda Davis, 63, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 11, 2015.
Dorothy Lloyd Brown, 79, of Marble Hill, formerly of DeKalb County, died Jan. 14, 2015.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
Trina Lynn Blackwell, 56, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 5, 2015.
Winter isn't turning loose of Northeast Georgia just yet.
Dawson County's accomplishments are in the spotlight in Progress 2015.
Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you.
As I delete my forwarded emails, I often pick some to share in this column.
Addressing Georgia's critical transportation infrastructure need has been a priority for lawmakers under the Gold Dome throughout the 2015 legislative session.
"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"
David Shortnacy, 75, of Forsyth County, died March 19, 2015.
Caleb Christopher Millwood, 19, of Ellijay, died March 17, 2015.
Edwin F. "Frank" Kreischer, 63, of Dawsonville, died March 22, 2015.
William "Todd" Hulsey, 44, of Dawsonville, died March 21, 2015.
Betty Heard, 80, of Cumming, died March 18, 2015.
Hazel Winifred McEachern Giddings, 95, longtime resident of Adams, Tenn., died March 16, 2015.
James G. "Greg" DeLong, 63, of Deland, Fla., died March 13, 2015.
Horace Gene Bennett, 55, of Dawsonville, died March 21, 2015.