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.
Larry J. Chambers, 72, of Cumming, died March 5, 2015.
Carolyn Jarrard, 77, of Dawsonville, died March 3, 2015.
C. Lee Shaw, 89, of Dawsonville, died March 3, 2015.
Bertha Margaret Estes Weeks, 93, of Dawsonville, died March 9, 2015.
June Young, 79, of Dawsonville, died March 8, 2015.
It must be open season on people who are overweight.
As usual, there are many big news stories swirling around, many of which we can scarcely affect and many which do not affect us. So it really becomes the "little things" that determine our daily outlooks, attitudes and actions.
The Georgia General Assembly will reach a significant deadline this week-Crossover Day.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
Dawson County is under a winter weather advisory through 10 p.m. tonight as a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet move into the area.
John Thomas Bagwell Sr., 66, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 28, 2015.
Orvie L. Broadwell, 93, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 26, 2015.
Marie F. Davenport, 81, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 23, 2015.
Carolyn McBrayer, 69, of Cumming, died Feb. 24, 2015.
Susan Rink, 66, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 28, 2015.