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Calhoun Creek as I see it

There seems to be confusion on the processes the City of Dawsonville has taken with regards to the Calhoun Creek Reservoir. The approach is not the ready, fire, aim approach some are saying, yet we are carefully readying and aiming to define if this project brings value to our community and is viable to move forward once we have a defined, clear and concise plan.

June 26, 2013 | By Chris Gaines For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The story of friends

This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.

June 19, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Commission in good hands

I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's referendum was rammed through by proponents.

June 12, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A two-step I’d rather not dance

To understand this column, one must be aware that since April 28, I have been in a "confined" situation not of my choosing.

June 12, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Islam and history

The religion of extremist Islam is a mortal danger to the world and to the United States.

June 05, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Waiting for atheists to create sunset

Dear God:

May 29, 2013 | For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The Port of Savannah: Key to Georgia’s economic success

Georgia is well-known throughout the United States as a strong competitor for international business investment. Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, AFLAC and Delta Air Lines are as synonymous with Georgia as sweet tea and peaches - and each year, the list of companies that call Georgia "home" grows longer.

May 29, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Revitalization interesting

It was interesting to read the recent recommendations for downtown Dawsonville revitalization. They were almost identical to the items we identified when the previous revitalization committee was active probably 15 years ago, including the desire to utilize the David house in some way. We also worked under the guidance of a University of Georgia planner, Paul Kreager.

May 22, 2013 | From reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Expert: Students are not blueberries

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 22, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Mayor mulls run against Gov. Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?

May 15, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session has ended

The legislative session has ended, and Gov. Nathan Deal has now either signed or vetoed every bill that passed the General Assembly.

May 15, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next for Georgia?

The debate surrounding second amendment rights received national attention a few weeks ago as the U.S. Senate voted down a bill that would require expanded background checks for firearm purchases.

May 08, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senior triumphs, inspires

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.

May 08, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thankful for the community support

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported the Lady Tigers basketball team this season.

May 01, 2013 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The continued budget cuts

Senator Gooch recently wrote about the final budget for Georgia for fiscal year 2014.

May 01, 2013 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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