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.
Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.
With school out for the summer, one local hang-out for kids is keeping Dawson County's students engaged in learning.
For the second consecutive summer, Amanda Head returns to the Dawson Community News as part of the Georgia Press Association's college internship program.
One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.