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.
Susan Rink, 66, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 28, 2015.
Ann Waters, 83, of Dawsonville, died March 1, 2015.
I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.
Will this be a better world because you and I spent some time here? Can we really make a difference?
The 20th day, and half-way point, of the 2015 legislative session was Feb. 23.
All of us in Dawson County are aware of the spectacular season the DCHS Lady Tigers' basketball team has had this year.
The top-ranked, Class AAA Tigers' men's soccer team saw its first action in two weeks with a 1-0 win at Blessed Trinity on Friday.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board which administers the tests.
Georgia was greeted on President's Day with frigid temperatures that lasted throughout the week.
Bobby Dean Bagby, 54, of Zeeland, Mich., formerly of Silver City, died Feb. 12, 2015.
Foster "Gene" Bennett, 86, of Cumming, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Roger Ben Gilleland, 82, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Harold L. Harkness, 81, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 21, 2015.