With the formal release of President Obama's budget, the pieces finally are in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we've all come to know.
Buried somewhere in my parents' house in Watkinsville is a stack of aged newspapers - copies of the Athens Banner-Herald, The Oconee Enterprise and the dearly departed Athens Observer.
When the terrorist attacks occurred during the running of the Boston Marathon last week, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.
Last week was a difficult time for our country. With the marathon bombing in Boston and the subsequent violence and manhunt for the suspects, the ricin-laced letters sent to our president and a Republican senator, and now the horrible fertilizer explosion in Texas, it has been a week that always will be remembered.
My daughter made it through her first week at daycare, and I think she might have handled it better than I did. As my family piled in the car Monday morning to drop Reese off, I grappled with a sense of dread. I had known this day was coming, and I'd tried my best to prepare for it. But as I dressed her, fed her and strapped her into her car seat, I fought back tears.
I always have liked print newspapers. Partly what inspired me was an American Girl movie about a 9-year-old girl living in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Her name is Kit Kittredge.
Too many times, the day-to-day business of being mayor and governing the city prevents me from saying thank you to the city employees who make our city run smoothly. Local government, contrary to what some may think -not state or federal - usually has the greatest impact on the lives of its residents.
Early one morning in 1991, I called my mother, who was living in Florida at the time. The Persian Gulf War had started, and CNN was televising everything; Operation Desert Storm was being broadcast live and in color right into the sanctity of her living room.
Nicole and I were working out together one day and for some reason, she brought up a self-help, faith-related book we had both read. The thesis, basically, is how men are born with wild hearts, which should be admired not restrained by women.
Editor, More than 30 times a day, the sound level from the multiple horn blasts of an approaching locomotive at Georgia 144 creates a significant noise that depreciates the quality of life in Richmond Hill.
Editor, I personally want to thank the sponsors who made this year's Easter Extravaganza, which drew more than an estimated 4,000 people, the biggest and best event to date.
My family and I went on a spring break vacation last week, and during that time I developed a tooth ache. Why does this kind of thing always happen when you are on vacation away from home and your dentist?
Editor, The city of Hinesville is joining cities across Georgia to celebrate Georgia Cities on April 20-27. This week is set aside by the Georgia Municipal Association to recognize the many services, programs and events that city governments provide in their efforts improve quality of life in Georgia.
The term BRAC, or base realignment and closure, is familiar to many of us, especially military families and those living in proximity to military bases.
It turns out that you can go home again. I recently established a chair in crisis-communications leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at my beloved University of Georgia. UGA President-elect Dr. Jere Morehead, along with Dink NeSmith, chairman of the Board of Regents, came for the ceremony, and both made my family and me feel warmly welcomed on campus. That is something we haven't felt at my alma mater for a ...
Have you ever tried to figure out a maze? You travel down a path and find yourself at a dead end, forcing you to backtrack to find another way out. Well, Midway is in that maze right now - it's called the city charter.
Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew that it was set in stone. Destined to be.
Columbus lost a huge one in court this week, and it wasn't even close. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a 2012 Muscogee County Superior Court decision protecting trees along Georgia rights-of-way is invalid.
I learned a few years back that it doesn't pay to clean out your sock drawers.
Editor, Saturday, May 11, was the birthday of well-known Hinesville entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary W. Dodd. I'd like to thank my dear friend and Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless co-founder for all he has done for Hinesville and, especially, for the homeless men and women we serve.
Although you, my devoted readers and fans, likely are reading this on Mother's Day, it was written several days ahead of time, so I have no idea what kinds of surprises this special day will hold for me.
Editor: I see that Liberty County is still trying to take away Midway's fire department by using fear tactics. If Liberty County wants full-time firefighters in Midway, all the county has to do is send some of Midway's property taxes back to the city so that the city can hire the full-time firefighters.