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Young Harris grads made a mark on Ga.

In the 1950s, there was no Zell Miller Highway to zip folks from the Atlanta area to the mountains. There were two reasons for that: Zell had not been elected to anything and was not yet worthy of the designation and, secondly, nice paved four-lane highways were just starting to appear in the big city. It was 1956 before we started building the interstate highway system.

January 08, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I once saw the future, but now it’s cloudy

I opened the mail the other day and found that a dear friend had sent me a newspaper clipping from 30 years ago.

January 01, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Christmas memories always survive the letdown

There is something both sad and wonderful about Christmas Day. If you were expecting wonderful and magical things to happen on this day, it either did or it didn't.

December 25, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


To Mama, gold paint meant Christmas

We bought a can of gold spray paint this week. My mama would have been proud.

December 18, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Choir memories: Head held high, toes to the floor

I've been singing in somebody's choir for most of my life. It all began when I was four at Beecher Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta. We wore fluffy little choir robes with a little bow on the front.

December 11, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Shopping violence shouldn't be part of season of peace

I have a radio in my office that displays the names of the songs that are playing on the radio. One day this week, I had the sound turned off but the song titles were still there.

December 04, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jacobs put his best on the local airwaves

John Jacobs set a standard for giving back to his community that few will ever match.

November 27, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Judge spoke the honest truth — even if he was a Gator

Judge J.D. Smith is hanging up his judicial robe at the end of the year. He has been serving on the Georgia Court of Appeals since 1993. For a decade before that, he served as a superior court judge in the Northeastern Circuit, which includes Hall and Dawson counties.

November 20, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pastor provides ‘a glimpse of heaven’ with his guitar

If heaven has neighborhoods, I would like to live near Bruce Fields.

November 13, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honoring our heroes, regular folks who do amazing things

A few days ago, I shared the platform with Dr. Rodger Murchison at the First Baptist Church in Augusta.

November 06, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mama’s versatile bargain came in handy more than once

There are lots of shows on TV these days where folks find all sorts of stuff in junk piles and yard sales.

October 30, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV fills in the bleeps

I know a few cuss words and use them from time to time.

October 23, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A prime time for mountain visitors

A little nip in the air and a hint of color in the hardwood trees and folks will come out in droves.

October 16, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fall is prime season for mountain visitors

A little nip in the air and a hint of color in the hardwood trees and folks will come out in droves.

October 16, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Can I get some service? Not very often these days

I often wonder if you can really teach someone to be nice. You can teach someone to obey the rules and be polite, but being nice is a different thing.

October 09, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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