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Family finally tells its story of ’36 Gainesville tornado

Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here’s a family’s remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville’s 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.

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Gainesville residents fought to keep square in 1901

“Old Joe,” the Confederate statue on Gainesville’s downtown square, almost wasn’t to be for a couple of reasons.

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Anniversary of a different deadly 1936 tornado

Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.

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Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

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Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia’s history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.

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Mossy Creek Campground is full of history

Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.

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Many golfers learned to play at Mossy Creek in White County

One of the oldest golf courses in North Georgia is Mossy Creek, just over the Hall County line into White County on Ga. 254 next to Mossy Creek Campground and at the base of Skitts Mountain.

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Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville’s business districts over the years, you can’t keep track of them.

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