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Getting down to business

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.

January 21, 2015 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


2015 session underway

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.

January 21, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State of the column: Never been stronger

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!)

January 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The next best thing

Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.

January 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The time to prune vines approaching

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 21, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lanier Technical College names semi-finalists for GOAL award

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.

January 21, 2015 | | Education


Lonnie Junior McBrayer

Lonnie Junior McBrayer, 78, of Cumming, died Jan. 13, 2015.

January 21, 2015 | | OBITS


Charles Wesley Holbrook

Charles Wesley Holbrook, 65, died Jan. 13, 2015.

January 21, 2015 | | OBITS


Linda Davis

Linda Davis, 63, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 11, 2015.

January 21, 2015 | | OBITS


Dorothy Lloyd Brown

Dorothy Lloyd Brown, 79, of Marble Hill, formerly of DeKalb County, died Jan. 14, 2015.

January 21, 2015 | | OBITS


My job description is not always popular

Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.

January 14, 2015 | Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter care for horses

All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.

January 14, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Lawmaker on a medical mission

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.

January 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trina Lynn Blackwell

Trina Lynn Blackwell, 56, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 5, 2015.

January 14, 2015 | | OBITS


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Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Random thoughts on random subjects

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.

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | VIEWPOINT


Chris Croft

Chris Croft, 52, of Cumming, died Jan. 27, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


Dorian Elise David

Dorian Elise David, 53, died Jan. 25, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


Jill Elizabeth Hardy

Jill Elizabeth Hardy, 55, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 16, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


David “Danny” Lamar Hyde

David "Danny" Lamar Hyde, 62, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


James J.J. Jinks

James J.J. Jinks, 54, of Cumming, died Jan. 31, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


Janet Jones Pendergrass

Janet Jones Pendergrass, 63, of Gainesville, died Jan. 26, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


William “Shorty” Strayhorn

William "Shorty" Strayhorn, 84, of Cumming, died Jan. 27, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


Capt. James M. Thorn Sr.

Capt. James M. Thorn Sr., 77, of Gainesville, died Jan. 25, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


Margaret “Peggy” Volmar

Margaret "Peggy" Volmar, 87, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

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).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The first bill of 2015 passes the Georgia Senate

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.

February 04, 2015 | By Steve Gooch Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

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.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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