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Family humbled by support

Saying "thank you" just doesn't seem enough. You go to bed one night as normal and you wake up to your world never being the same.

October 05, 2016 | By Richard and Debbie Ridings | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Amendment could have negative impact

This November, there is a proposed amendment to our state's constitution that, if passed, will likely impact our local schools negatively. It will read, with preamble:

October 05, 2016 | By Brian Roberts | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Pansy planting

Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape.

October 05, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

October 04, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Former teacher and coach inspired successful blood drive

In his long career as a teacher and coach in Dawsonville, the late Charles Finley inspired thousands of students, and his memory inspired a blood drive on Aug. 27 that had the potential to save lives for another generation.

September 28, 2016 | By Toni Holmes | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawson BOE Opposes Amendment 1

On Sept. 12 the Dawson County Board of Education passed a resolution opposing Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would create a state run school district for schools that are deemed failing. They join many other school boards across the state in opposing this amendment.

September 21, 2016 | By Bette Holland | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

September 21, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Current drought may require another divine solution

Uh. Oh. Here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state.

September 20, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Community’s support is appreciated

Ben and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the LifeSouth blood drive Aug. 27 in memory of Charles [Finley].

September 14, 2016 | By Kathy Finley | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really.

September 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Backyard poultry courses offered soon

UGA Extension will be offering a free backyard poultry management course from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lumpkin County Park & Rec building in Dahlonega, at 365 Ridley Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533.

September 14, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plan now for tall fescue planting

Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to seed, making it popular with DIY homeowners.

September 07, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A salute to a group of unsung heroes in Georgia

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the association for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

September 07, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


“Be the Key” survey results are in

"Be the Key," Dawson County Family Connection's underage drinking prevention campaign, conducted a community-wide survey in spring 2016 to find out what adults think about underage drinking in the area. This survey was a follow up to one conducted in 2014 and 2015 to help the campaign refine its media strategy and education efforts. Of the approximately 280 responses collected, 45% were parents of teens in Dawson County schools and 88% were under the age of 60.

August 31, 2016 | By Tiffany Burgess | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

November 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Try to navigate the transition in this column

As far as I can tell, all the pundits and politicians agree on one thing: This has been and still is an unprecedented election year ...

November 30, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


With elections over, can Penguin Awareness Day be far behind?

I promised last week I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee ...

November 23, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee suggests Amendment 1 strategists be sheep-dipped

Dear Gov. Nathan Deal:

November 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter Skates puts the real world in perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is ...

November 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Passage of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District Amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets.

October 26, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tea Olive brings fragrant fall flowers

One of my absolute favorite fall-flowering plants is the Fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Given its name, you'd be right to assume this plant ...

October 19, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Keep your family safe this Halloween

There is an old adage which states, "With age comes wisdom."

October 19, 2016 | By Jeff Johnson | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name.

October 12, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Drought affecting fall garden plans

The severe lack of rainfall so far in 2016 has had a major impact on North Georgia.

October 12, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Whose opportunity is it?

This fall Georgia voters will go to the polls not only to elect a new President, but also they will be asked to vote on ...

October 12, 2016 | By Terry Ryan | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It's all about education

When strangers in a doctor's waiting room chide me for failing to write columns, maybe there are more than my loyal friends who are ...

October 12, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Who has spoken out against Amendment 1?

As we get closer to Election Day, it is important that voters learn about what is on the ballot besides candidates.

October 12, 2016 | By Conrad Scohier | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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