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.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who after scoring a touchdown proceeded to mime pulling down his pants, squatting as if on a commode before dropping the ball to the ground as if defecating.
Chris Croft, 52, of Cumming, died Jan. 27, 2015.
Dorian Elise David, 53, died Jan. 25, 2015.
Jill Elizabeth Hardy, 55, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 16, 2015.
David "Danny" Lamar Hyde, 62, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2015.
James J.J. Jinks, 54, of Cumming, died Jan. 31, 2015.
Janet Jones Pendergrass, 63, of Gainesville, died Jan. 26, 2015.
William "Shorty" Strayhorn, 84, of Cumming, died Jan. 27, 2015.
Capt. James M. Thorn Sr., 77, of Gainesville, died Jan. 25, 2015.
Margaret "Peggy" Volmar, 87, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2015.
No one listens to me.
During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).
The third week of the 2015 legislative session saw a significant piece of legislation pass through the Georgia State Senate. I am proud to say that with unanimous consent, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House.
Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job, or wouldn't do it, if we had the chance.