Over the years, Christina and I have moved only a few times. I wrote last week about selling our family home to our son Hans and moving into a leased townhome about a half mile away. The townhome is fairly new, large, spacious and requires no maintenance or yard work. Almost all our furnitur…

joep

Muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s are absolute pigs to drive, and they are outshined by even basic economy cars of the present day in almost every way that matters.

RayAppen

My main takeaway from my hike on the trail was the understanding that no matter what the circumstance, “the trail always provides and that there is a reason for everything.” The trail is a giant metaphor for life.  

Share your thoughts with our editorial staff. Your letter may appear in the next edition of your Herald Newspaper.

RayAppen

“I built my house to withstand a category 5 hurricane. So, I wanted to see if it could.”

hansappen

Two weeks ago, we published a letter to the editor from a reader in response to Ray Appen’s column “Should we save local journalism? Do we care?” In it, Ray, our company’s founder and longtime publisher, muses about what role local news plays in our lives and wonders where anger for the pres…

RayAppen

You probably know what the word “assume” means, no? Well, if not, the polite version is that if you assume something, often it will bite you in the behind because you will be big-time wrong. See if any of your assumptions about the media were wrong. 

PatFox

Alpharetta is on a path that would create its own Arts Commission, a volunteer panel that would foster cultural enrichment within the city.

COVID-19 has impacted us all. I am grateful for how our city, our NGO’s, and our faith-based community continues to respond. The YMCA has programs to facilitate virtual learning. The City of Alpharetta has installed additional programming to allow moms and dads to drop their little ones off.…

RayAppen

This has been a learning week for me since my recent column came out and a number of readers responded with emails. My column, “Should we save local journalism? Do we care,” talked about many things. One central topic was my questioning the anger I see “out in our world” — including the abus…

RayAppen

I always look for the library when I am in someone else’s house. If they don’t have a library, I look for magazines. To me what someone reads is the key to knowing them. And what they don’t read is also part of that key. I am reminded of one of the taglines of a national advertising campaign…

It is disheartening to see mask use propaganda in your newspaper and people’s response to those that are not sick, and choose not to wear a mask.

MySecondAct2020
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It was usually a Saturday morning when mom would fire up her 1979 Pontiac Safari station wagon, trimmed with woodgrain paneling on the sides and tailgate, and ferry a prepubescent me to the Sunbeam Bread Factory Outlet in Hickory, North Carolina. 

RayAppen

These days have been interesting times for me and for everyone in the newspaper business. Much of our focus here in Alpharetta/North Fulton is on simply continuing to get our five weekly newspapers out — to write the stories, to compose the papers, sell the advertising, do the paperwork of a…

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through the nation’s nursing homes. Already, more than 60,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. They account for more than 44 percent of U.S. coronavirus deaths, even though less than 1 percent of Americans live in n…

RayAppen

Sometimes the key in writing a successful column — or a successful advertisement or short story — is a headline that grabs a reader and pulls them in. I learned this from David Ogilvy, the guy who sort of invented advertising as we know it today.

RayAppen
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Years ago, a reporter was about to go home after a city council meeting had ended. Two councilmembers were still in chambers having a conversation. One said to the other, “let's go ahead and approve it- who is going to know?” The other pointed to our reporter a few feet away and answered, “he will.”

RayAppen

It is too quiet outside. Almost five months into this pandemic and it is difficult to describe how it’s going.  

RayAppen

I was excited about the column I wrote two days ago about “rule of law” and how important it is to this country. The column was of substance, important, and I also had fun with it.

joep

Following years of calls for Washington’s NFL team to change its mascot, the franchise has agreed to replace its Redskins name and logo. And of course, this has spurred two very different reactions.  

RayAppen
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I don’t think I have ever written anything that I felt worthy of publishing in under 1,000 words — usually closer to 1,300. And now every week, like a real journalist? I don’t know about that.

joep

It has been quite a while since I began my series doling out advice to dads to be with my breadth of knowledge on the subject (read: I’m still incompetent but have yet to cause serious harm to my one child).

The City of Alpharetta has banned skateboarding downtown. And for those who care about their community, the city will now be persecuting middle- and high school-aged kids (the most vulnerable demographic) for making the honorable decision to turn off their devices and engage with the world t…

Listening to talk radio while driving, an ad came on for a local company that offers heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and handyman services to homeowners and commercial accounts. Since they offer a wide range of services, the owner of the firm, daughter of the founder, said he…

joep

During a trip to Washington, D.C. a few years ago, I traversed the National Mall to take in some of the nation’s most iconic structures.

PatFox

Some 40 years ago, Earl Horton, a farmer and rancher near Arkansas City, Kan., fought against the opening of a drag strip on an abandoned Air Force base near his property. Noise from the high-powered racing engines and the increased traffic on the rural roads had Horton worked up.

I am a poll manager at Peachtree Middle School. I am writing in response to all the negative publicity about the past election. My precinct did not have the delays as others did. My team worked well together. Yes, we did have a few minor problems, but my team pulled together and we had a suc…

I want to thank the people of Alpharetta for their tremendous support over the last three months. We are experiencing historic challenges, and through it all the people of this community have never allowed those challenges to divide us the way it has other communities. I am confident we will…

Every day we see their faces in news stories on TV or in images on social media. We laud them for their bravery. Politicians argue over where they should go and who they should help. They are the physicians on the frontlines of a crisis.

If the coronavirus has shown us anything, it’s that there are far more “journalists” who are medical experts than we could have imagined. Especially if you consider the recent opinion articles in the Johns Creek Herald, along with pretty much anything coming from CNN, it seems that more and …

This week I had a much-needed haircut for the first time in two months. I called Ernie’s Barbershop. He has been cutting hair in Dunwoody for as long as I can remember. The message I heard was “We are not scheduling appointments. When you get here, there will be a number on the door. If it’s…

joep

If the coronavirus has shown us anything, there are far more epidemiologists, virologists and health experts in America than most could have ever imagined. Well, if you consider the comments being thrown around on social media, anyway.

hansappen
featured

Most journalists work a lifetime in the industry writing thousands of articles and never come close to winning a Pulitzer Prize. It is the hall of fame for reporters, photographers, novelists, poets and cartoonists. Inductees include the likes of Robert Frost, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein an…

Chambers of Commerce are the great conveners in a time when we cannot convene. The Greater North Fulton Chamber brings together private and public to build not just great business but also great communities. As a regional chamber, that goal also means celebrating and respecting the unique di…

Carl

Almost 20 years ago I was a student at Alpharetta Elementary. I remember waiting to be dropped off in the carpool line — early morning, still dark, sitting in our 1989 Volvo 240 DL hatchback. I faintly recall teachers or principals outside the double doors of the east wing, opening car doors…

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

joep

On March 15, the call to quarantine came for my wife and I. Beginning the next day, we would both be working from home, and preparations began.

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.