With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.
I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.
In an emotionally uplifting commencement ceremony at Free Chapel, 1,111 students graduated from Lanier Technical College on June 13.
I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.
Katlyn Elisabeth Graham, 15, of Dawsonville, died June 11, 2014.
Patsy Juanita Johnson, 70, of Cumming, died June 11, 2014.
Scott Everett Kirby, 48, of Cumming, died June 11, 2014.
Rex Carlyle, 57, of Forsyth County, died June 10, 2014.
I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.
The Dawson Community News earned four first-place awards and nine overall Friday night in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
John Martin Devenney, 66, of Dawsonville, died June 8, 2014.
William Perry Fraser, 68, of Cumming, died June 5, 2014.
Ronnie Gene Gravitt, 60, of Ellijay, died June 3, 2014.
Teddy E. Jernigan, 78, of Dawsonville, died June 3, 2014.
Brenda Joan Samples, 66, of Cumming, died June 4, 2014.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
Donald Webster Martin, 75, of Cumming, died July 25, 2014.
Ruby G. Nelson, 85, of Cumming, died July 25, 2014.
Edward "Ed" Reeves, 89, of Dawsonville, died July 24, 2014.
Lumpkin Campground Campmeeting began more than 180 years ago, meeting for summer revival after local men paid $1 for the 40-acre lot.
Children are ready to see their friends again while parents gear them up for school, which starts back next week.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."
Edna Dale Ingram, 88, of Warner Robins, died July 22, 2014.
Doris Maffucci, 69, of Dawsonville, died July 23, 2014.
ATLANTA - Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.
Lillian Dunn, 87, of Dawsonville, died July 15, 2014.
Ronald Eugene Hastings, 64, of Cumming, formerly of Summerfield, Fla., died July 13, 2014.
Mary Jo Fortune Kinney, 48, of Dawsonville, died July 15, 2014.