State Rep. Jon Burns (R-Newington) has received his committee assignments for the 2015 legislative session.
ATLANTA - Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry was elected by the 14-member State Transportation Board on Tuesday to be the new commissioner of the Transportation Department, effective immediately. As such, he will oversee a budget in excess of $2 billion and more than 4,100 employees.
Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy Ivey Williamson has renal disease, is on home dialysis and is in need of a kidney transplant. He has been on the waiting list at Emory in Atlanta since January 2014.
It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me but I feel that we are friends."
This morning, as I was getting off I-95 at the Abercorn Extension exit, I came across a person asking for a handout. You can call them panhandlers or street people, I suppose; the Bible just calls them beggars.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today.
As you know, during the year, this column examines mostly budget-related issues as well as other governmental areas along with occasional topics. During the General Assembly, this format changes and becomes the sharing with readers what is going on at the Legislature and what actions the body takes. It is our way of relating information and of course to elicit your input and comment.
I am honored and humbled to represent you again in the Georgia House of Representatives. As with the start of each new General Assembly, we took the oath of office on Jan. 12. The 180 members, some newly elected, sat down to begin the state's business.
Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums - things I've seen recommended in various places - but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!
As the 2015 General Assembly was gaveled into session, there was much activity as we took the oath of office, elected our leadership, and then proceeded to watch the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal and the slate of state officers as they were sworn in.
In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.
Barbara and Gary Blaxton of Reidsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ramsey Elisabeth Blaxton, to Christopher Michael McCreery, son of Donna and Troy McCreery of Rincon.
I love observing people and listening in on conversations in order to get ideas for my articles. Some of the most interesting topics that people like to talk about are the differences between men and women. The other day I did a survey asking men about things that women do that drive them crazy, and I received a ton of responses. (It was obviously a topic they were passionate about.) Here are some of their answers:
Effingham County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta recently to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.
An Effingham County town hall on police and community relations will be held at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Effingham County Recreation and Parks held the annual Jacan Brown Spring Run on Feb. 28. The event consisted of a one-mile walk and run and a 5K walk and run. The event hosted more than 65 participants many competing in both races.
The Effingham County Young Farmers held their annual Lloyd Arnsdorff Auction on Thursday at Effingham County High School, with more than 90 items up for live auction and more in a silent auction. The event raised $12,800, which will be used to provide scholarships for students at ECHS and South Effingham High School.
Five students from Effingham County were selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association middle school all-state band in Athens on Feb. 26-28.
Nearly 50 Effingham 4-H'ers recently competed in County Project Achievement, held at Effingham County Middle School.
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern University recently recognized 1,219 students for excellence in academics on the 2014 fall semester president's list.
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern University recently named 2,725 students for excellence in academics to the 2014 fall semester dean's list.
Three students from Effingham County recently were initiated into Armstrong State University's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Truluck named to dean's list at Emory
The Effingham Herald and CEO Charles H. Morris will host a reception for retiring Effingham Herald Publisher Karen Tanksley on April 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the community room at Effingham Chamber of Commerce, 520 W. 3rd Street in Springfield, according to Joe McGlamery, regional vice president for Morris' southeast Georgia publications.
Army Pvt. Pyresha Singleton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
A Pooler man arrested last July on child molestation charges pled guilty last week in Effingham County Superior Court.
Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.