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.
Lester W Kaiser Jr., 86, of Cumming, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Fannie Lou Martin, 91, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Marie Martin, 77, of Cumming, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Myrtle May Mooney, 86, of Flowery Branch, died Feb. 18, 2015.
J.C. "Red" Munda, 86, of Cumming, died Feb. 19, 2015.
Richard Pittman, 68, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 22, 2015.
Lucille Stancil, 79, of Cumming, formerly of Alpharetta, died Feb. 20, 2015.
David E. Webster, 81, of Cumming, died Feb. 20, 2015.
Roy Eugene Westray, 87, of Cumming, died Feb. 18, 2015.
Areas of light snow will slowly increase across extreme northwest Georgia between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, and then become widespread across far north Georgia Friday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
For the second straight day, icy conditions and the threat of more winter weather moving into the area has postponed state basketball playoffs in Dawson County.
Snow flurries are falling in Northeast Georgia this afternoon, but the real weather threat to come is the bone-chilling cold settling in tonight.
Wanda Buffington, 92, formerly of Avondale Estates, died Feb. 11, 2015.
She was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Pulaski County, daughter of the late Oscar and Allen Stokes.
Ivar Brothen, 80, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 7, 2015.
Mr. Brothen was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Clinton Chumbley, 71, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 9, 2015.
Born April 15, 1943, to the late Odum and Jethel Chumbley, he was a lifelong resident of Dawson County.