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What good is a bucket list without The Gaithers on it?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not much I have wanted to do that I haven't done, from shooting the breeze with the president in the Oval Office, to seeing the sun rise in the Scottish Highlands, to being embedded with the brave men and women of Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team in Iraq.

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT


There ought to be a few more laws

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into effect.

July 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | VIEWPOINT


More reasons why state takeover of local schools is bad for Dawson County

There is an amendment to the Georgia Constitution on the ballot in November. It asks if we should change the constitution so that the state can take over local schools that they deem as failing.

June 21, 2016 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | VIEWPOINT


Throwing some bouquets and a boo

If you are a news-watcher at all, especially if you watch any or all of the 24-hour television news channels, you are probably sick of hearing about elections.

June 15, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | VIEWPOINT


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


This is one terrorist who deserves our thanks

There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of Col. Frank Gleason sometime back, but as we prepare to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, his is a tale worth repeating.

May 25, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Sharing life’s bumps and bruises with friends

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full.

March 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Legislature racing against the clock

The Georgia General Assembly is racing against the clock in order to meet a significant deadline-the 30th legislative day, which is also more commonly known as Crossover Day. This is the last day that Senate bills can transfer to the House for consideration, and vice versa. This means that all Senate bills must be filed and favorably reported out of committee this week in order to still be eligible for consideration in 2016.

February 24, 2016 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Education a priority in budget

The General Assembly has one constitutional obligation each year: To pass a balanced state budget. The budget passed the House on Friday and will serve as a spending guide for the state beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The FY2017 budget is $23.7 billion, which is an increase of $673.9 million, or 2.9 percent, over the amended FY2016 budget.

February 24, 2016 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters.

February 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Legislators beat plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again.

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Education is a top priority

The House reconvened on Feb. 1 to start our fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. With a month of session behind us, we are hard at work in the General Assembly passing meaningful legislation that will have a positive impact on all Georgians.

February 10, 2016 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


For the people of Georgia

The Georgia General Assembly has completed the fourth week of the 2016 legislative session, and week five is well underway.

February 10, 2016 | By Sen. Steve Gooch For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Kemp’s primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" ("Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.") but it is pretty darned close.

February 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT


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The community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store. If you're younger than 30, you might not ...

August 24, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | VIEWPOINT


The abbreviated summer

Summer won't be officially over until Sept. 5, when we put all our white shoes and linen pants away.

August 24, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | VIEWPOINT


Random thoughts on random subjects like sea turtles, the Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things.

August 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT


Gator

A while back, we were in Canada for a movie that was filming there. One night, the shooting lasted until late so it was about ...

August 17, 2016 | Ronda Rich | VIEWPOINT


The undergrad continuum

The last few days, I have watched friends I graduated high school with ready their children for college.

August 17, 2016 | Sudie Crouch | VIEWPOINT


Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ First Lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.

August 17, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT


What are those webs in the trees?

I'm sure by now you have noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches. These webs contain the fall webworm ...

August 17, 2016 | Clark MacAllister | VIEWPOINT


The sewing machine and the shotgun

It was when I was approaching 7 and about to wrap up the first grade, where I reigned as the number one reader of books ...

August 10, 2016 | Ronda Rich | VIEWPOINT


All creatures great and small

"Mama," the tone in his voice let me know something was wrong.

August 10, 2016 | Sudie Crouch | VIEWPOINT


A reminder to teachers that the rewards outweigh the frustrations

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 10, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT


Plan now for fall cover crops

What do you do with your garden plot once it has stopped producing for the summer season?

August 03, 2016 | Clark MacAllister | VIEWPOINT


Putin swears it wasn’t his special hand-picked cover operatives that hacked DNC

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT


Open mouth, insert the whole leg

Granny used to embarrass the stew out of us.

August 03, 2016 | Sudie Crouch | VIEWPOINT


Hallmark at last

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or ...

August 03, 2016 | Ronda Rich | VIEWPOINT


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