Attention, Newton County mothers and your adult daughters: When you're out and about shopping, picking out spring plants for your garden, or maybe enjoying lunch and a little family gossip, do not be alarmed if you notice me lurking about. I have neither sinister nor larcenous intent.
Spring is here, and after we sailed past Good Friday and the risk of frost, it is now planting time! I've bought seeds and pots and I'm ready to plant something.
During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.
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By this time next year, you may think 2008 wasn't so bad after all. Sure, the economy went into a nosedive. Unemployment rose, and so did bankruptcies and foreclosures. It could have been worse. At year's end, there was a break in the clouds.
We are less than a week away from celebrating the grand celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here are some thoughts as you rush around to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones. You don't have to drive down the road and fight those last minute shopping crowds and traffic; you can find those gifts right here in Newton County and Social Circle.
Some years ago, along about the time the New Year dawned, I boldly resolved to lose 60 pounds over the course of those next 12 months. The loss of a mere five pounds a month seemed reasonable, given the cornucopia of diets, self-help programs, and support groups available to fat people who want to lose weight.
It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome of this year's race for president.
Gov. Sonny Perdue deserves a round of applause for seeing the light. Just weeks after warning that Georgians can't borrow their way out of debt, the governor announced in general terms that he now favors increasing the state debt. Perdue wants state government to borrow an unspecified sum to stimulate the economy and wipe out a looming $1.6 billion state deficit.
They opened a new stretch of Georgia 316, a four-lane highway that runs between Lawrenceville and Athens last week. What that means is you can drive on four-lane highway all the way between Athens and Atlanta now. From Atlanta, take Interstate 85 to the Lawrenceville exit and then 316 the rest of the way.
There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in the Dec. 2 runoff election for the U.S. Senate.
With Christmas just around the corner, and Santa Claus packing his sleigh, people everywhere had better let him know what they want before he departs the North Pole.
As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world. That's why on behalf of devoted Southerners everywhere, I offer my sincere thanks to Gov. Rod Blagojovich for making some of our black sheep look like choirboys.
My favorite story of the season is Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." But, I have always doubted the ending that Scrooge really kept "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sunday school visits to the sick or elderly and the "less fortunate" at Christmas, but never beyond that. Many years after first hearing that story, I actually met someone who really does keep "Christmas in his heart" every ...
Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.
I was driving along and listening to Christmas carols on the radio, and I started thinking back to those wonderful days when I was a kid and we used to draw names for the annual class Christmas party.
I come by my emotion honestly. For as long as I can remember Daddy would always stand with his hand over his heart whenever "The Star Spangled Banner" was played or whenever the flag would pass in a parade, and many times he'd unashamedly have tears in his eyes.
If there's one lesson that John Oxendine should have learned by now, it's that cars and politics don't mix.