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Moonshiner making legal white lightnin’ now

Dwight Bearden was 6 or 7 years old when he first started helping his father on their liquor still north of Dawsonville.

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River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley’s Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren’t all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

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Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward “Jackie” Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

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Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

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Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

If it weren’t for the preference of Southern cooks for white flour in the early 1900s, there might not be a Helen, Ga., as it is today.

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