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Singing the soundtrack of faith

The first church hymnal I remember was the 1956 Baptist Hymnal. I still can remember the page number of hymns in that great old book.

April 21, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Keep the weatherman indoors

Back in the 1980s, cable TV started branching out into various specialty channels, offering 24 hours of news, sports and weather.

September 02, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Emily Bagwell following in mom’s footsteps

Only once in the 101-year history of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce has a parent and child served in the organization's top elected post.

May 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Area Chrysler dealerships escape the ax

The Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships of the Hayes family in Oakwood, Baldwin and Lawrenceville will remain as dealerships for the new Chrysler.

May 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Perdue signs budget that includes money for Northeast Georgia

Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed the $18.6 billion budget for 2010. The spending plan includes a number of capital projects for Northeast Georgia.

May 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Zell Miller authors again; this time about changes in mountain life

At 77, Zell Miller has settled into retired life in his native mountains. But while Miller admits he's changed a bit, the ways of the mountains have changed more dramatically.

May 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville voters may get to choose mayor, school board chairman

Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed bills that will allow voters to have their say on an elected mayor and board of education chairman for the city of Gainesville.

May 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall native throws out first pitch at G-Braves game

LAWRENCEVILLE - The crowd applauded politely when Lefty pitched on Monday. It was a far cry from the heat he threw as a member of the 1943 Atlanta Crackers.

May 11, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fair, resort help put Towns on tourism map

HIAWASSEE - In 1950, the Towns County Lions Club decided to hold a three-day fair on the grounds of the local high school.The event brought 2,000 people to the tiny town of Hiawassee.

May 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


NE Georgia communities thrive by luring visitors to share their beauty

HIAWASSEE - In his new book, "Purt Nigh Gone: The Old Mountain Ways," former governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller remembers the days when he could play hopscotch in the middle of U.S. 76.

May 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County's Vision 2030 plan is on track

A consultant to Hall County's Vision 2030 planning program said the county is making great strides in reaching some of its community goals for the next 21 years.

May 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Arguments set for Monday in water wars suits

A U.S. District Court judge from Minnesota is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday on whether water supply is an authorized use of Lake Lanier.

May 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Wet spring could drench drought issue

As litigation over Lake Lanier heads to court, drought, the issue that has exacerbated the tri-state water wars, may be going away.

May 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No hitches likely in Gainesville I-985 annexation

The Gainesville City Council will have the first reading today of an ordinance to annex 102.8 acres along Interstate 985 into the city limits. Hall County has given up any right to challenge the annexation under state law.

May 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Marine sends left over cash to Vandy hospital

A Gainesville Marine's effort last year to help an Iraqi girl generated an extra $5,600 that has now been donated to the hospital that provided her successful open-heart surgery.

May 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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