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Johnny Vardeman's column



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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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

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Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

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Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

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Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

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Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Proud of the home of brave, land of free

In the past few days, many people have been heard. They include people who wave Confederate flags and hate Confederate flags as well as people who are gay or those who hate gays.

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Small towns boast of their noteworthiness

Some towns have lots to brag about. And some of them do it on their city limits sign.

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Marching into Bible school

I don’t know if I was good student or just had good teachers, but I have vivid recollections of my days in vacation Bible school.

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Seeing the beauty in Old Glory

I don’t know how to explain it, but something happens when I see our American flag being presented in a ceremony.

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Celebrate honorary graduates

My friend, Coleen Ivey, received an honorary diploma from Gainesville High School recently. At 88, she has about 70 years seniority on most high school seniors.

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