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.
The Georgia General Assembly has completed 28 days of the 40 days allowed.
"Crossover Day" is scheduled for March 7.
Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story.
Wilkinson called after my column advocating limits on lobbying expenditures to say that he believes the current laws are working just fine. A member of the General Assembly since 2001, Wilkinson has served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the past eight. It is not the most fun job in politics.
Surprises come in many categories and degrees. Some are sudden and may be astonishing, some develop gradually and some are just there to be discovered as one becomes aware.
On the Saturday morning of the annual meeting of Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association, Feb. 25, I received one of the sudden variety. I was truly astonished when Association President Jane Graves presented me with the "Mike Brown YOU CARE" award.
Education reform has taken center stage recently with the passage of HR 1162 in the Georgia House, which would create a constitutional amendment to expand educational options for Georgia's students.
This bill was precipitated by a Supreme Court ruling that deemed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission unconstitutional.
Dear public school teachers: The "school choice" crowd in the General Assembly is after you again. I am beginning to think this is all your fault.
Evidently, you did something to them in their prepubescent period that has scarred them for life.
Just when you believe that everything is under control, something will jump up and bite you.
Fiscal Year 2011 revenues were well ahead of FY 2010, and for the first six months of this year, revenue collections were running about 4.5 percent ahead of FY 2011.
Each year, the General Assembly is constitutionally mandated to pass a balanced state budget.
On Thursday, we were one step closer toward fulfilling this goal with the passage of the Senate's FY 2012 amended budget.
Fall of 2016 was a rough season.
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The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.
First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.
We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.