Columns/Letters to the Editor

Republicans in Cedartown, Rockmart, the remainder of Polk County, and across the state have some critical decisions to make in the July 24 runoff. Voters will decide who will challenge an increasingly charged Georgia Democrats this fall for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and s…

Editor's note: Chief Kenny Dodd asked to publish this letter as his official response to the letter from Sheriff Johnny Moats and the audit of the Polk County Police Department. We have agreed to publish this letter, and additional comments he made are also included in this week's coverage o…

Birthdays are magical events that not only bring about celebrations with family and friends, but they also offer a time of reflection on the past year. This time of reflection is often amplified on milestone birthdays even more so.

I’ve been wanting to find a topic I can go on a rant about that would at least allow me to say something positive about our new President Donald Trump, who after his first 100 days in office hasn’t been getting all that great of press.

This past week, I found myself thinking about issues of home and hearth much more than I have in the past with an interesting evening spent at a special called Aragon City Council meeting.

Last week, students at Westside Elementary School took part in an activity meant to help them learn the value of one of earth’s greatest resources: trees.

Early last week I arrived in the office one morning to find a letter to the editor sitting on my desk which I found to be problematic.

The family of Gina Wood Jackson would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the Cedartown Community who has shown so much love and support during this difficult time. We appreciate all the kind words, loving hugs and the abundance of food, paper goods and supplies which has been delivere…

The Senate was in session for Legislative Days 36, 37 and 38 this week. Predictably, the amount of legislation on the calendar for consideration has increased significantly from the first few weeks of the session.

The deadline pressure is being clearly felt all throughout the Capitol. The General Assembly has now completed 35 of our 40 Legislative Days. This week included some long days in Senate committees as we reviewed the many House Bills that had crossed over to our chamber.

We have passed Crossover Day, signifying that the legislative session is more than 75 percent complete. On Monday, Feb. 29, we moved very quickly to get through our lengthy calendar of 22 bills.

This past Monday on Feb. 22, we kicked off the seventh week of the 2016 legislative session. With only 11 days left in the 2016 session and the Crossover Day deadline approaching, the days are longer and the workload heavier; however, we are committed to passing meaningful legislation that w…

In standard fashion, the Senate had 20 bills on the calendar on Friday, Legislative Day 29. After five more legislative days last week, session is more than 70 percent complete. Monday will be the final day this session for a Senate bill to receive its first passage in the Senate in order fo…

The Senate convened for four more legislative days last week moving through Legislative Day 24. With 60 percent of the session now complete, Legislative Day 30, or Crossover Day, is only six legislative days away. This week, the General Assembly will meet for five Legislative Days with a sen…

State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM

We began our fifth week of session on Monday, Feb. 8 of last week and by the end of the week we were halfway through the legislative session. This week we focused our efforts on protecting your religious freedoms, bringing more transparency to education, and making life easier for our active…

The 2016 legislative session is officially halfway done. The Senate completed Legislative Day 20 on Thursday. In 10 legislative days, it will be Crossover Day. In 20 more days, it will be Sine Die. Both days are big hurdles in the legislative process. Even with the Senate passing several bil…

State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM 

State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM 

State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - Stand…

The pace of session is slowly picking up. In the third week of this year’s legislative business, the Senate passed 2 bills with little opposition while consuming another 4 legislative days. The 2016 legislative session is now 30% complete.

State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide a column on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues.

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