I have spent the last four months attending the Dawson County Board of Education work sessions, meetings, and retreats in an effort to learn what goes into budgeting for our school system.
I knew there were cuts to the state education budget, but didn't realize how drastic these cuts became when combined with property re-evaluation, the 70 and over exemption, and the 5 mills provision.
In light of the recent storms that we have had all over our area here, I would just like to say a huge "Thank You" to all of the people who helped to get our electricity back up and running.
On June 18, my power went off and was off for 18 hours, going into Sunday.
Candidly, I have never thought that the world revolved around me, not even my own personal world.
And certainly, during the past decade I have purposely limited participation in many areas that previously claimed much time and effort.
The Fourth of July or "Independence Day" is the national day of the United States set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This piece of paper declared our independence from Great Britain, and was signed by 56 great men who risked treason to create our great nation.
From that day on, the Fourth of July is one of, if not the most important day in American history.
On June 6 the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs.
The chapter will donate over $30,000 to those programs.
The House Science & Technology Committee, which I chair, spent two days in Atlanta listening to representatives of General Electric and Atlanta City Government talk about electric vehicles and how they could help Atlanta meet the clean air standards.
We attended technical and business workshops and got to drive and ride in the vehicles. Before discussing today's electronic vehicles, I will give a little historical background of their use in the United States.
In your June 8 article, "Legislation in the Wings," [by Rep. Amos Amerson] you alerted readers to many significant pieces of legislation that were not passed in the recent legislative session. I appreciated your publicity of these issues, and on a similar note, I would like to remind readers not to overlook the larger national pieces of legislation that have equal impact on our own backyards.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a great example of one of the important issues we are missing out on.
There is more to Girl Scouts than cookies and camping.
It is girl leadership, time management, public speaking, decision making, teamwork, money management and community service.
On a recent Friday morning I literally "picked" my way down my driveway. Thursday evening's storm had brought down dozens of limbs and twigs from the many trees which surround my house, and I could not drive over them.
But I wouldn't dare to complain. There have been so many weather-related events during the last year that it is difficult to name even the worst ones.
Several serious pieces of legislation were not passed into law during the 2011 legislative session.
Here's a small list of some of the more important ones currently under review for final approval during the 2012 session.
In the near future, citizens across the State of Georgia will be voting on whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Dawson County has the opportunity to be one of the first to vote on this issue.
In business, location is everything and our county is in the perfect location. With thousands of people traveling on Ga. 400 each Sunday, passage of a referendum will generate tax revenue for the county, increase sales for local businesses and for a limited time generate additional sales to persons living in surrounding counties. This issue will be decided by the voters, it ...
We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to each and every one who has reached out to us during the loss of our home. We are humbled and thankful for all of the love, support and compassion our wonderful family, friends and community have poured over our family.
From the visits, prayers and thoughts, donations, helping hands and shoulders to cry on...we are forever in debt! Words can never thank you all enough!
During the past couple weeks, I was able to attend two pre-kindergarten graduations and the graduation at Dawson County High School. All three of those events were attended by huge crowds, as well they should have been. But, it got me to thinking, however, about the 12 years in between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. I couldn't help but wonder if the parents of those 241 high school seniors were looking back to when their child was in pre-kindergarten and if they were already thinking about the things they had missed.
Were there awards' ceremonies that they didn't attend ...
It's time for the snake calls to begin.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruling on May 16 that Georgia's Charter School laws are unconstitutional has resulted in dozens of calls from citizens asking about the status of charter schools for the 2011 fall term.
Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.
The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.
Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.
Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.
It's that time of year again.
The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:
When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.
I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.
About this time of year my family would be part of the decision to either head out to the family ranch in West Texas or not.
As 2014 winds down, all sorts of groups and individuals tend to take a look at where they've been, are, and are heading. I am not tackling that big job; I'm just tying up some of my own dangling ends.