GeoffSmith

As a native of Metro Atlanta, I’m asked all the time: why didn’t you all plan better for all the people moving here? After stumbling for a good long while over answers, I’ve finally landed on one. The reason we have traffic issues isn’t a planning issue, it’s a funding issue. 

DickJones

As a small business owner, how often do you want to change your strategies and tactics to grow your business? Have you changed businesses processes to make them better, only to find out that they’re not? 

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

RayAppen

So, we are now in our 29th year of publishing our newspapers. We started our company in 1990. The paper we originally started in 1983, which means that our newspaper has been covering Alpharetta and Roswell news now for 36 years. That feels like a lifetime.

SteveHudson

Everybody likes a good deal. I know that I do, especially when I’m looking for a new sofa.

While I agree there is no place for rudeness, very little honking actually falls in that category. No one wants to be honked at, so all honking tends to be classified as rude. That said, horns are on cars for a reason.

Last week I saw a statement from Appen Media in regard to a dispute over transparency between Appen Media Group and the City of Roswell.  I will readily admit that I don't understand the nuance to open records laws; nor the manor at which my sister city responds. I actually just assume every…

SteveHudson

The Fourth of July weekend was really hot, and days like the ones we’ve just had make the prospect of standing in a cold trout stream particularly appealing. Any trout stream will do. But some are more well known than others. One of the most popular is the stretch of the Chattahoochee River …

DickJones

Small business owners have to make decisions each and every day. Some decisions are for simple things, like approving a payment to a supplier, while other decisions are more complex and can impact a small business in a profound way. Many small business owners have learned the consequences of…

GeoffSmith

As many of you know, I’m a news junkie when it comes to things that are happening here in Georgia. After reading articles in several papers this week, I’m going to ask a question I know most of you have a very passionate answer for: Is it possible that we need MORE people to move to Atlanta? 

juliag

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Myth Busters. Who doesn’t like watching stuff being blown up on TV with the excuse that it’s for science?

DickJones

Having worked with small business owners for over 40 years, I have seen both positive and negative ways in which they manage their employees. How are you managing your employees? There are two extremes, and one of them is micro-managing your employees.

GeoffSmith

A couple weeks ago I talked about the housing market being a little Jekyll and Hyde, with lower-priced houses being in a sellers’ market and higher-priced houses being more in a buyers’ market. That article was more me going off articles I’ve been reading and gut-feelings. This one is about …

SteveHudson

So it’s officially summer. That means two things. One is that it’s hot. The other is that folks ask me, “What’s a good place to fish for summertime trout?”

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Where cars are concerned, living in the United States versus Europe has its pros and cons. On the negative side, Europe has a far larger share of practical, quick and fun hot hatchbacks which I adore. European roads are often engineered to go around geological challenges, which typically res…

DickJones

As a small business owner, how often do you review the performance of your employees? When you review your employee’s performance, are you using this time not only to rate their performance but also to coach them on how to improve it? The lifeblood of successfully running a small business is…

GeoffSmith

I ran into a friend the other day who was excited to tell me that the area many affectionately refer to as “East Cobb” is looking into becoming its own city. 

hansappen

I joined the Georgia Ensemble Theatre Board of Trustees a little over a year ago. It is a joy and a privilege to support such a wonderful professional theater company with 27 years of roots in the Roswell community. 

juliag

I’ve somehow managed to make it this far in life without going on a canoe trip, much less a canoe trip on Georgia’s own Chattahoochee River.

hansappen

I joined the Georgia Ensemble Theatre Board of Trustees a little over a year ago. It is a joy and a privilege to support such a wonderful professional theater company with 27 years of roots in the Roswell community. 

DickJones

As a small business owner, what performance indicators are you using to make sure your business is moving in the right direction? Have you even taken the time to assess what are the best indicators to track and measure the performance of your business? Performance indicators are critical to …

GeoffSmith

We are in an interesting time in our housing market right now. It seems higher-priced homes are not moving as fast as they have been, while homes under $400,000 in the metro area seem to be flying off the shelves. 

SteveHudson

I like rivers — especially new-to-me rivers I’ve never floated or fished before. Such rivers get harder to find, but one that’s still on the list is the Oostanaula.

Carson Cook

I know when you read a story about the great outdoors in your Herald paper, it’s usually by Steve Hudson. And you probably don’t expect anyone to talk about the Appalachian Trail but Ray Appen. 

GeoffSmith

With tariff wars deepening and the Federal Reserve now preparing for rate cuts, mortgage rates have fallen through the floor, and we are now back into the 3 percents for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. 

When you make commitments to your customers, suppliers and employees, do you keep them? How often have you made commitments knowing they would be tough to keep? Making commitments is essential to do business, but keeping commitments is critical to winning business and building long-term rela…

RayAppen

The wait is agonizing. Cars are backed up for miles because of a multi-car wreck on Ga. 20 in Forsyth County. Slowly, the wreck scene is being cleared so that traffic can start back up. In one of the cars near the front of the line, 85-year-old Mary waits patiently and gets ready to move. Th…

PatFox

Not long ago, I wrote about clichés — about how each generation latches onto a clever expression with all the enthusiasm of someone who has just rediscovered the wheel.

joep

My wife has given me grief over the years because I refuse to join her on roller coasters. She loves them, but the thought of riding on what is essentially a sweaty, metal, human catapult sends nervous shutters down my spine. 

GeoffSmith

I want to warn all of you, this article caters pretty much to community development nerds. But even if you aren’t one, even if you are just someone who lives in a community, you may very well be interested in hearing about something that spends money to improve your community without using y…

DickJones

How often do you challenge your customers on the strategies and tactics they are using to manage and grow their small business? If your customers aren’t interested in changing their current approach, do you point out the ramifications of not changing? Challenging your customers may sound lik…

juliag

Just two years ago, Iceland’s president made international headlines and agreed that he went too far in his comments on a sensitive and controversial topic. 

GeoffSmith

The Smith family is once again going full-boar Odyssey of the Mind this week at the World Finals on the Michigan State University campus.

RayAppen

One advantage of having ADD when you work in the business that I work in — the news business — is that I have this archive of unfinished columns I can turn to whenever I want to write. For every column I have published over the years, I probably have 10 that I started and never finished that…

joep

In the last few months, local officials have passed a number of measures to combat vaping among teens, an issue many parents and school officials say is an epidemic impacting students’ health and well-being. 

SteveHudson

I went rock hunting the other day. I went far out in the country, miles from nowhere, to an area where they used to mine mica. It was an old mine which had seen its heyday during World War II. There was much mica found there, but other goodies showed up from time to time too — among them the…

Carson Cook

At the beginning of this month, Fulton County Commissioners reappointed a member of the Board of Assessors to another four-year term. The vote was controversial because the North Fulton representatives had been trying to appoint a new candidate to the position. 

GeoffSmith

I first heard of the Goat Farm during our recent Super Bowl when it hosted a number of music acts to help entertain some of the thousands of people that flooded our city. I thought it was just a quirky name for a music venue. Then today I read an article about its “$250 million renovation” a…

DickJones

Have you considered adding new lines of business to help you grow revenue in your small business? Are you giving consideration to the pros and cons of doing this? Many small business owners think that adding a new line of business will help them increase revenue, and in most cases they are r…

PatFox
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta’s tech resume grew by more than a football field this week with the opening of a new addition to the Flexential campus off Windward Parkway.

To all the young men and women who are graduating high school this week — congratulations for a job well done. This is the first step of your life which will lead to you becoming an individual on your own. This is one of life‘s great transitions — leaving the nest of your youth and your home…

DickJones

As a small business owner, do you take time to learn new things that could help you better run and grow your small business? Do you allocate enough time in your schedule to expand your knowledge in areas that you are unfamiliar? Setting a goal to learn new things each month will allow you to…

GeoffSmith

You probably remember Braselton as the small, quaint country town somewhere northeast of Atlanta that used to be owned by actress Kim Basinger. Well, it ain’t that anymore. 

SteveHudson

This time of year, with spring springing everywhere you look, the grass comes alive with a vengeance. In our yard, it grows about nine feet a day, so it is occasionally necessary for me to cut the grass.  

joep
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It will likely take a few more years before John Q. Public has realized that Genesis is now its own division. I know because seemingly everyone I spoke to during my week with the Genesis referred to it as a model from Hyundai, not a separate luxury division of the South Korean automaker. 

Every tale of adventure is the expression of a hero’s battle against overwhelming odds — a drama of the oppositional forces to the achievement of a worthy goal. Sometimes it’s dragons, sometimes it’s an evil empire, but it’s always...difficult.