On weekends and spare moments here and there, retiring Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff chips away at packing up 24 years of mementos and paperwork that fill his office.
Looking back on 2014, it would be difficult and a bit deceiving to continue calling Dawsonville and Dawson County a quiet mountain town.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.
I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.
Ruby Mae Turner, 80, of Doraville, died Dec. 27, 2014.
Clinton Walter Turner Sr., 89, of Dahlonega, died Dec. 27, 2014.
Louise Samples, 90, of Dawsonville, died Dec. 22, 2014.
Avery Michele Picklesimer, 23 months, of Cumming, died Dec. 22, 2014.
Frances Davis Mize, 95, died Dec. 27, 2014.
Barbara Sue Bishop, 70, of Dawsonville, died Dec. 19, 2014.
Cynthia Frady's class
Cecilia Rogers's class
Barbara Ann Waters Gee, 62, of Lawrenceville, died Jan. 6, 2015.
Carl Hyrns, 79, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 5, 2015.
Dennis Gibson, 64, of Cumming, died Jan. 9, 2015.
Dorothy Jean Smith, 70, of Cumming, died Jan. 6, 2015.
Edna Grace McBrayer Wheeler, 91, of Cumming, died Jan. 7, 2015.
Evelyn Bennett Gazaway Parker, 90, of Gainesville, formerly of Dawson County, died Jan. 10, 2015.
Jerry Gibson, 69, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 10, 2015.
Trina Lynn Blackwell, 56, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 5, 2015.
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.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
Dawson County High School Athletic Director Grady Turner confirmed on Wednesday that longtime football coach Jeff Lee will not be returning to lead the Tigers next season.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.
Curtis Lamar Bigham, 92, of Marietta, formerly of Gordon County, died Jan. 2, 2015.