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How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

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Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.

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Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy

A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

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Film to depict Jackson pilot’s WWII escapes

Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.

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Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Conflict about the American Dream

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me.

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Dixie Divas: Not pouring money into landscaping

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, “Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through.” I think, “Oh, one day.” I have been thinking this for six or seven years.

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Dixie Divas: Southerners justified for way of life on TV

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are amazed and appreciative.

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Dixie Divas: Do not throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents’ house after the death of her father.

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Dixie Divas: In and out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was urgency and distress in her voice.

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Harris Blackwood's column



First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

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A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

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Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It’s the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

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Fairs find the kid in everyone

I remember the days when posters started going up about the arrival of the fair. The poster was in bright neon yellow with a drawing of a big Ferris wheel. Just seeing the word “fair” in big bold letters let you know the big show was coming to town.

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Flipping the switch to autumn

At 10:29 p.m. Monday, summer comes to an end.

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