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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 state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities.

October 19, 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's flowers give off a beautiful smell. Some liken it to a sweet perfume, and it is wonderful to encounter in the fall garden.

October 19, 2016 | | 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


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 reading it.

October 12, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | 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 an amendment to the Georgia constitution that would radically change public education in Georgia.

October 12, 2016 | By Terry Ryan | 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


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


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


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Patchy tall fescue lawns

Fall of 2016 was a rough season.

February 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sharing some concerns for better, for worse

As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...

February 22, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Here we go again

The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A government owned airport in Dawson County?

The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What will Republicans do?

The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal ...

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The halfway point

This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings ...

February 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Boxelder Bugs

We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Affordable health care

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Actions of Commissioners Called into Question

3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Act now to prevent summer fruit problems

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and ...

February 08, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy time at the capitol

The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.

February 08, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thank You Rep. Kevin Tanner

First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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