As autumn approaches, the North Georgia mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia's touch of Southern hospitality. Our ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome is a quality that can give our state a competitive edge in tourism.
During summer months, a number of regular activities are canceled or relaxed. Families are on vacation or just playing around at home; picnics and cookouts replace ordinary dinners; here in Lake Lanier country, water sports help to relieve heat stress.
Although I sometimes mention something about my personal religious beliefs and I often get "preachy" about civic responsibilities, this may be my first attempt to use my column to deliver a sermon.
Following the unprecedented downturn of the economy during the past two fiscal years, the positive revenue collections for June and July seem to signal a significant change in direction. But are two back-to-back months of positive revenue really good news?
With the downturn in the economy many businesses and individuals have had to reinvent themselves. We all have had to look for ways to cut back and to be more efficient with the limited resources that are available. Your local Dawson County government is no exception.
When our country's financial deficit reaches into the trillions, it's hard to put such excessive government spending into perspective.
An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase a home, despite the challenging housing market.
As the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce moves into new quarters on Hwy. 400, I reminisce about the pride we felt when the Historic Old Jail was restored and renovated as a home for the expanding chamber.
I want to thank all of you who responded with suggestions for saving the HOPE Scholarship programs. It's the most responses I've gotten on any subject from you during my 10 years as your state representative.
Washington has released its latest assault on American liberty with the president's recent signature of the massive financial overhaul bill.
This fiscal year, the expenses of funding the HOPE Scholarship, or Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, will exceed the revenues from the lottery.
The 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered as one of the worst budget years in Georgia's history. We did our best to minimize the impact on citizens, yet some cuts were unavoidable. Amid the worst recession since the 1930s, it's expected that states would feel a budget crunch.
I've been somewhat frustrated as I clear out my mailbox and fill the wastebasket each day. So an article in Sunday's Gainesville Times caught my eye; it was about the possibility of a "Do not mail" list, like the "Do not call" one to which I already subscribe.
Arizona has held the headlines for its recently passed immigration laws. Much of the controversy is a result of the federal government passing laws but failing to enforce them. Under President Bush, the government acknowledged that illegal immigration was a problem and set out to build a border fence. Increasing costs led to the apparent demise of that solution. In the minds of many, the problem has become too expensive to ignore. Here are facts which you can check yourselves.
We Protestants don't have confessional booths like Catholics - or is that done only in books and old movies? In fact, we may be more likely to conceal our faults and impress our pastors. Our true selves, however, may really be obvious.
I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.
With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.
The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.
This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.
With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.
I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.
Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title few people in the world would ever attain.
To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quest to become our newest U.S. Senator. As you prepare for the next phase of your campaign, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration. Please don't thank me. It was either this or clean out my sock drawer.
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