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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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Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and ...

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


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

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


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest ...

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


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

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


Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

March 15, 2017 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

March 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 08, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be ...

March 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative ...

March 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...

March 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation ...

March 01, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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