I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.
Dawson County High School rising senior Joy Lewis had her eyes set on two colleges, University of Pennsylvania and Eastern Carolina University, but it was the call from Pennsylvania offering a softball scholarship that helped her come to a decision.
Thelma Stamey, 79, of Dawsonville, died July 12, 2014.
Wayne Painter, 72, of Dahlonega, died July 11, 2014.
Harold Jefferson McGehee, 78, of Smyrna, died July 10, 2014.
Jessie Lorine Henderson, 67, and a lifelong resident of Forsyth County, died July 12, 2014.
Glen C. Amburn, 50, of Dawsonville, died July 9, 2014.
With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.
My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.
Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.
I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.
Getting a tablet or any other technology device can be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating if it is not known how to use. However, the Dawson County Library is there to help.
Merle M. Meredith, 94, of Gainesville, Forsyth County, died July 5, 2014.
Ronald Griggs, 69, of Dawsonville, Forsyth County, died July 6, 2014.
The Rev. Henry Eugene "Gene" Cobb, 75, of Cumming, died July 1, 2014.
Claude Irvin Burns, 67, of Cumming died Sept. 9, 2014.
Anne Davis, 82, of Dawsonville died Sept. 11, 2014.
SMSgt. William "Dean" Hulsey, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), 88, of Dawsonville died Sept. 11, 2014.
Erwin Topper, 72, of Dawsonville died Sept. 13, 2014.
Montine Richards, 90, of Alpharetta died Sept. 12, 2014.
It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."
September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.
According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.
GAINESVILLE - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in north Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.
I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.
Annie Mae Elrod, 86, of Dawsonville died Sept. 7, 2014.
Kelly L. Glaze, 50, of Dawsonville died Sept. 1, 2014.
David Richard Cooper, 85, of Dawsonville died Sept. 7, 2014.
Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.