During the recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a $19.3 billion dollar budget, including a significant boost to statewide education funding.
Since education makes up one of the largest components of our yearly state budget, the General Assembly worked hard to ensure that Georgia's students and teachers were a top priority, particularly in light of our current economic situation.
I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea.
And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:
Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.
As evidence, look at how the Legislature has gone back on its word regarding special fees that were to be collected and spent for such things as environmental cleanup, drivers' education and other purposes.
I write this on the eve of what we Christians designate as "Holy Week," beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter.
Other religious groups and even non-religious folks are aware, however, that this is the pre-Easter season; advertisers never let us forget it.
The officers, and membership, of the Reading and Education Association of Dawson County extend their condolence to both the family of Joe Lane and, to the citizens of Dawsonville.
Joe Lane served Dawsonville well and will be missed.
The Georgia legislature concluded the 2012 session by passing a $19.3 billion dollar budget, keeping in line with the state's commitment to pass fiscally sound money management policies.
Through the passage of HB 742, Georgia's economy will be better positioned to grow, create more jobs and get more Georgians back to work. Due to these fiscally conservative management policies, Georgia has continued to maintain its AAA bond rating, which is extremely attractive to businesses seeking to grow or expand their business in Georgia.
Thursday, March 29, also known as Sine Die, is the 40th and final legislative day, our last opportunity to pass legislation this year. We have worked long hours to ensure the passage of vital legislation that will reform our state's tax code.
HB 386 implements a variety of tax reform measures that were recommended by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. The council conducted an in-depth review of our current tax structure and submitted their recommendations in December 2010.
I was, shall we say, nearby when the statue of Lady Justice was placed on top of the new Dawson County Courthouse just prior to its opening. The operation to place her there went without drama.
That got me to thinking about the history of Lady Liberty, which is of course better known as the Statue of Liberty.
Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, called me all out of breath.
I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case.
"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby and I have been asked by House Speaker David Ralston - he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie - along with Senators Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall. They are, of course, your leaders and have helped make the General Assembly what it is today.
For you House members who may not know him, Sen. Williams is the distinguished gentleman covered in pine straw. Next to him is Sen. Rogers, who seems to be putting a cotton swab on a cut.
Mayor Joe Lane Cox's shoes will be hard to fill.
As I am sure many of those paying tribute to Dawsonville's mayor will say, he has loomed large in the recent history of this county.
At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)
I don't have a problem with charter schools. In concept, charter schools are fine. My problem is that nobody seems to be talking about for-profit charter schools. That is a different matter.
The real estate and foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout this nation for the last four years. Wide areas of Georgia, as well as Dawson County have seen so many properties flood the market causing values to plummet.
Owners who believe their property's worth is below its appraised value for taxes can possibly lower their taxes by filing a residential property tax return. This law is in accordance with O.C.G.A. 45-5-15(a) and is form number PT-50R.
If you want a peek at the future, look at the past.
One hundred years ago, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world.
Thank you to the Dawson County community from the Dawson County basketball team
I do not know how I can put into words how special this community has been to our basketball team and coaches over the last two weeks.
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Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state.
Behind every problem that we face in modern life is the one problem almost no one wants to talk about. Everything you hear or read ...
The family of Gwinnett C. Holtzclaw would like to say thank you to the Silver City Fire Department, Dawson County Fire Department and to Lanier ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dear Gov. Nathan Deal:
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 ...
In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets.
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 ...
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 ...
There is an old adage which states, "With age comes wisdom."
There is nothing more important than your good name.
The severe lack of rainfall so far in 2016 has had a major impact on North Georgia.