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Escapee said he'd rather hang in Georgia than live in Canada

In the news lately has been the elaborate escape of two inmates from a New York prison. One died, and the other was wounded while trying to reach the Canadian border and is now back in custody.

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Gainesville had hard time teeing off its golf course

A somewhat significant anniversary passed in Gainesville this month without significant, if any, notice.

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Remembering when Clarks Bridge closed for over a year after 1919 flood

It has been inconvenient the last few days for those who use Clarks Bridge Road in northern Hall County as the new bridge is prepared for traffic shortly.

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Hall was active on home front after Pearl Harbor

What was the atmosphere in Hall County in the months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941?

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Sanders sought honor for one of his troops

The C.C. Sanders chapter of the Children of the Confederacy was named for Col. Christopher Columbus Sanders, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

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‘Days Gone By’ page recalls long-ago sites in Gainesville

Gainesville was quite a different place a half century ago. The business center was downtown around the square, yet there were popular businesses on the town’s outskirts. The teenagers and young people of that era frequented those “hangouts” much like the youngsters of today have their own favorite places to go.

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Memorial Day holiday isn’t always happy time for some

Memorial Day holiday isn’t always happy time for some

Though the Memorial Day holiday is to remember those who died serving their country, it is spent by many as a day off work, festivals, parades or other fun activities. Some businesses, rather than close, use the weekend for special sales of merchandise or services.

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Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville’s downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before “Old Joe,” the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul’s, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

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