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Bring back civility to local politics

With the national news showing the country in a constant state of political turmoil, I am calling on all participants in the local elections to take a different path – it is called civility. In …

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What you do, say matters

One of the first lessons I learned as a parent was that children watch and listen to everything we do and say. And generally, they never forget it. That is, they model their parents’ behavior. They …

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Aspiring journalists find road rocky in pursuit of truth

For years now, Appen Media has taken great pride in the responsibility of hosting college journalism interns for the summer. We did so again this summer, taking on three interns from the University …

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Be respectful of the land we love

Last week, I went for a walk on the Greenway with my mom. We appreciate that our community has worked hard to provide wonderful outdoor exercise options like this pathway and try to take advantage of …

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Hot and bothered with the heat

As I write this from the Appen Media Group office, I am fearing for my life. Surely, the floor beneath my feet is about to crumble, plummeting me to a grim injury or worse, death by encasement in …

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Managing growth in your small business

Is your small business growing fast? Are your marketing efforts working well to attract new customers? Do you have operational challenges now that your business is bigger than it was before? All …

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At last, a real benefit of gettin’ a little older

Aging, as my wife’s grandmother used to say, is not for the faint of heart. But it does bring with it certain perks. You know - things like wisdom. Well,yeah. Tell that to my knees after a day …

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New home construction at pre-recession levels

For the first time, new home construction closing numbers are competing with pre-recession levels. And it’s nowhere near enough. According to numbers just released from Smart Real Estate Data, …

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Take Steve’s advice and ‘Get Outside, Georgia’

I don’t consider myself to be Bear Grylls. I was in Boy Scouts and earned my Totin’ Chip, but I still couldn’t tell you the difference between an overhand knot or a slip knot (nor could I begin …

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It’s time to update ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’

Just a little over 100 years ago, American author Ambrose Bierce published “The Devil’s Dictionary,” a compilation of some 1,013 words with revised definitions. Bierce, a contemporary of …

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Making the case for fourth Johns Creek fire station

The Johns Creek Fire Department began service on Oct. 7, 2008, and has operated since then out of three fire stations inherited from Fulton County. Since the inception of our city, Johns …

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