Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.
Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.
The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.
Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.
Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.
Virginia Louise Vaughn, 77, of Cumming, died Jan. 19, 2015.
Brian Thomas Johnson, 27, of Cumming, died Jan. 21, 2015.
G. Dan Hulsey, 62, of Dumfries, Va., died Jan. 21, 2015.
Edwin Donald Gravitt, 75, of Cumming, died Jan. 20, 2015.
Robert G. "Slim" Denny, 75, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 19, 2015.
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.
My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2016.
Many years ago, when I was raising my children, our family hosted an exchange student from Finland, named Marianne.
Earth Day was first celebrated worldwide 45 years ago today. Now millions of people celebrate Earth Day around the world.
I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months.
My earliest job was before I even started kindergarten, with my Pop teaching me how to write so I could hand write his invoices. I was paid a whole dollar a week and I am sure the weekly trips to the store for candy were included in my wages.
Rowanda "Wanda" Rouse Pruitt, 82, of Dawsonville, died April 20, 2015.
Peter "Pete" Paul Martin, 49, of Forsyth County, died April 9, 2015.
Amanda Barrett Isom, 36, of Cumming, died April 17, 2015.
Frank Elbert Dills, 79, of Forsyth County, died April 13, 2015.
Talmadge Wesley Bolton, 81, of Cumming, died April 20, 2015.
Opal Mincey Beaver, 79, of Lilburn, died April 13, 2015.
George Abee, 73, of Dawsonville, died April 17, 2015.
Spring is a beautiful time of year.
Granny cursed me once.
Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went.