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Journalism is a matter of heart

An old Gainesville resident drove his big Ford truck right up to me recently at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

April 17, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Looking back on my Masters memories

I rose before the sun did this very morning in 2005 and hurried to join a co-worker headed to Augusta National - early.

April 10, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


A journey across the breadbasket leads back to Georgia

My first meeting with Justin Ellis took place at an outdoor cafe in Athens. I drove my car there. He pedaled on his bike.

April 03, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


‘Little old lady’ helps to keep others safe behind wheel

Laura Nagel steers the phrase "little old lady" into our conversation with a bit of pride in her voice. "I can use that term because I am one," she said recently.

March 27, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


A meltdown of horror, on live TV

My teacher dropped the names of every U.S. president into a hat and asked us to choose one. In fifth grade, this was a big moment. We were choosing the subject of our first real research paper.

March 20, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Every town has its quirky flavor; ours tastes like chicken

At some point in Oakwood a little more than a week ago, a live turkey seduced a statue resembling its own kind. The epic courtship lasted for days and prompted a host of phone calls to the newsroom, a strong round of office laughs and the question new residents like me may find themselves asking with extreme regularity: "Is this a weird Hall County-Gainesville thing?"

March 13, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Junk drawer yields precious treasure, and not just on TV

By lunchtime, my grandmother was spent. She'd direct her young visitors, usually me and a cousin, to watch TV so she could fix our meals in peace. That the living room was the only place with an air conditioning unit parked in a window enhanced our July sojourns in South Georgia.

March 06, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


A final resting place for mysterious grave marker

Charles L. Hagood already was at Derrell Clark's house when I pulled into the driveway.

February 27, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Gravestone leads me to Hall County line

Boggs cemetery was cleaned up by the time I arrived.

February 20, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Lost gravestone was a mystery to be solved

I once wrote a story about a lost gravestone. The tale started in Bogart, ended in Braselton and involved a good number of Methodists in between.

February 13, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Plain truth on crime stories is hard to come by today

Working with Bob Morris felt like accompanying the grim reaper. He wore black clothes every day, drove a black car, and covered police and the crimes they handled better than anyone I've ever known.

February 06, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Want to cash in on a catchphrase? Make ‘it’ happen

You have to admire them in a way.

January 30, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


Turning loose, holding tighter as Mom returns to work

His milestones multiplied before my job started. Or maybe it just seemed that way to me, the woman who is supposed to know him best.

January 23, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


My new home, where good roads lead to giving hearts

I scanned the opening paragraph, shut the book quickly and gulped back a couple "uh-ohs." Journalist Millard Grimes' passage appeared like a warning for the state's reporting pool: Swim for stories at your own risk.

January 16, 2011 | Erin Rossiter | Erin Rossiter's column


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