Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician. One Atlanta newspaper columnist calls him "perpetually grumpy" and "ornery." Now in his third term in the Senate after serving 12 years in the House, what you see with Sen. Millar is what you get: perpetually grumpy and ornery and a straight-shooter.
This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight that they are destined to have.
Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our property owners. With a relatively late adoption of the required millage rates by our levying authorities, there is not much room for error if we are to bill in a manner to allow taxpayers who desire to pay by Dec. 31 the opportunity to do so.
This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.
It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman. She snored and I read, enjoying every delicious moment of a wonderful biography on Jackie Kennedy.
Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She had read The Hometown News once before, after finding an old copy under a phone book at the home where she and her "soulmate" lived before he found another soulmate and moved on. Now, stranded on her own in a place with no friends and no obvious place to make friends, Claire made her first trip alone to the town square.
Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He died 190 years ago, but his wisdom still lives on.
Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.
My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has given us a nautically themed State of the State address that would have made Moby Dick proud, (Ha! Ha! Ha!) I come today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address, better known to many of you as the State of Confusion. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers are trained for so-called middle-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.
In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is inundated with litter during the holiday season.
In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read daily by my parents with strong interest and complete devotion: The Bible and the daily newspaper.
Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the supervisor, the school board and the loss of good teachers.
Todd Cecil, host of Revival Flames Ministries of Joplin, Missouri, was just about the biggest celebrity to make an appearance in Lennox Valley during my childhood and early teen years. He was a fixture on Sunday morning television since the 1970s, and my dad and I watched the famed evangelist as we waited for the rest of the family to get dressed for church each week.
Editor, On 18 Dec., 2015, I found myself in a position to call 911.
A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious ...
There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something ...
Liberty County celebrated National County Government Month with a variety of activities throughout April. This was our fourth year participating in the National Association of ...
The perfect ending to a hectic day: Yesterday, on the way home, I got behind one of those "magic" trucks.
Looking over the attendance pads from her first Sunday service, new Methodist Pastor Sarah Hyden-Smith read, "Claire Lapella." Next to the name, the box marked ...
Okay, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it.
The first week of May marks the National Education Association's National Teacher Appreciation Week, which exists, in part, because teachers are too often thankless ...
When friends ask if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so ...