Gov. Nathan Deal has named 33 state education experts, including columnist Dick Yarbrough, to the state Education Reform Commission.
If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.
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.
I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.
I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it.
The legislature reached day 30 of the legislative session on March 13.
Opportunity for every American is a value which we all hope for.
In these final weeks of the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would like to take this opportunity to offer appreciation, on behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, to Attorney and State House Speaker David Ralston, whose district reaches into Dawson, Fannin and Gilmer counties.
Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.
"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.
Lyman Henry Smith, 74, of Dawsonville, died March 9, 2015.
Jack Wayne Quarles, 72, of Cumming, died March 10, 2015.
Fred Dwight McClure, 82, died March 8, 2015.
James R. King, 78, of Dawsonville, died March 15, 2015.
Carole D. Hollaway, 73, of Dawsonville, died March 13, 2015.
Theodore Joseph "Ted" Fedoruk, 92, of Peachtree City, died March 11, 2015.
Robert Eugene Bearden, 64, of Sparta, died March 9, 2015.
Elda Chumbley Looper, 68, of Dawsonville, died March 7, 2015.