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Little girl in need can receive a great gift

Maj. Kevin Jarrard will be spending this Christmas in his second tour in Iraq with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit headquartered in Montgomery, Ala.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An update on the first grandkids

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was none other than Big Buddy.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stop the gimmicks, just let me watch TV

Years ago, when I was working in television, we were just getting into electronic graphics. We had a little gizmo that would flash someone's name up on the screen at the directed time.

We still made use of slides. A guy would make slides of a reporter's name and the call letters and channel number of the station using a hot-type press with white letters on a black poster board.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Halloween hijinks helped by headdress

Mama was never one to pass up a good roadside junk pile. She had a station wagon and could load up an old lawn mower or a broken lamp in no time.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ah, the joys a big stick can bring

I sometimes marvel that I made it through childhood without a bike helmet, safety goggles or the evaluation of my neighborhood by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All readers accepted, but not approved

I like advertising.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Giving thanks for one more year

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

My brother and his family were elsewhere, my daughter was with her mother and it was just me and Mama.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Country star looked — and acted — the perfect part

Have you ever known people who just looked their part in life?

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Zell’s mountain twang a mark of love

Come January, I've been reporting on Zell Miller for 33 years. I was 14 and somehow asked for and was issued media credentials for the inauguration of Gov. George Busbee and Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget exercise, it’s time to write

With or without resolutions, this seems to be a good week for reflecting on the past year and giving some thought to the year ahead.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Holidays in D.C. a time for heroes

WASHINGTON - There is something about visiting the president's house that leaves one in awe. I had a chance to go to the White House on the regular tour for the purpose of seeing the Christmas decorations.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trip with Uncle Harry a memory to savor

The generation that came before me in my family is now a mighty slim lot. My mother and father both came from among four siblings, two boys and two girls on my mother's side and four boys on dad's.

My Dad and all his brothers are gone.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


There are fans, but also fanatics

About 12 years ago, I was the manager of a hotel in Hiawassee. It was located right next to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and most of the country music acts appearing there would stay at our place.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hey kids, give us parents a heads up

I've been doing what I do for a long time. The stories I've written cover everything from movie stars to folks living on the street.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Merry Botox holidays to you

When I saw the return address, I rolled my eyes.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Losing children and nurses in one accident

I have great memories of kindergarten. I don't know why. This is usually where I insert a joke about it being the three greatest years of my life.

May 03, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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


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