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Friends carry on mother’s instincts

I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life.

May 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Flu has some folks running scared

I remember back in 1976 and the government thought there was going to be an outbreak of swine flu.

May 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Young ’uns, listen to wisdom of Big Daddy

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

May 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Walters is back on course with hole-in-one

There are no signs of magic dust in Jim Walters' golf bag. If there is any dust, it is because the clubs have not been used in about eight months.

April 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Family tradition continues with Gainesville High students

In the usual scheme of things, getting elected student body president is not major newspaper news. However, in the case of Parrish Brown, it continues quite a legacy.

April 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Remembering Hall’s gentleman banker, deal maker

Ray McRae was a courtly Southern gentleman. He gave his nod to business deals that ranged from a mom and pop grocery store to a company that made engines for missiles used to run Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

April 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Blackwood: Honoring Gen. Livsey, Zac Brown Band

For anyone who has ever been a member of the corps of cadets at North Georgia College and State University, the drill field holds special significance.

April 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Who knew Easter finery could be so controversial

I love going to church on Easter for several reasons.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Zac Brown Band hits a home run

I don't know if we should call the Zac Brown Band an overnight success, but I think that's close.

April 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Easter songs get new meaning

Holy week is one of my favorite times of the year.

April 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


CD puts choir’s talents on display

A Gainesville business is planning a 5K run on May 2 to benefit two people who were injured in serious auto accidents.

March 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Count blessings along with job losses

In my everyday job, I write about business and state politics.

March 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Columnist heads back to the teaching pulpit at Brenau

School is back in session for the 53 students in my class.

March 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Think you know me? If not, I’m with him

When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.

March 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Community honored deserving leaders last week

Last week was a week for big honors and our community showed its gratitude to some of our best.

March 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Picturing Pete Wheeler’s life with help of photographs

When he died last week, Pete Wheeler held the record as the longest serving head of a state agency. He had been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Services since 1954.

April 27, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Shining beacons of hope

For more than four years, a young fellow named Josh Turner has accompanied me on my ride to Atlanta.

April 19, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Escape into the beauty of Georgia's landscape

A few weeks ago, I was standing on the porch of someone's home in the mountains. As the sun was going down, I looked out at the beautiful peaks that decorate the northern part of our state.

April 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Easter rings in Resurrection, colorful clothes

There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you're taking a vote, I'm an Easter person.

April 06, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Natives, transplants leave their marks on Gainesville

I married into a family that has generational roots in Gainesville. They go back long before the War of Northern Aggression.

March 29, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Our holiday traditions are not always completely accurate

We are a gullible bunch, aren't we?

March 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Internet has its alluring aspects

This column begins as a newspaper column. I'm very happy about that. I like the notion of being a newspaper columnist. I still like to hold the newspaper in my hand and look at it.

March 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

March 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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