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Sacks store was mainstay on city square

Sacks store was mainstay on city square

The east side of Gainesville’s downtown square in the 1950s was dominated by clothing stores, most of them what you would consider discount shops today.

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Seeding ground with gold failed to profit crooks

At the height of the Lumpkin County gold rush, people from all over the country were coming to North Georgia to pursue their personal fortune. Locals sometimes were prone to take advantage of gullible outside prospectors.

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Glory, it’s ’mater sammich time again

Editor’s note: For many years, Johnny Vardeman, retired editor of The Times, would write his annual “’mater sammich” column as homegrown tomatoes started coming in during the summer. “’Maters and Music” will be the theme for a tomato sandwich event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center one mile north of Vogel State Park, 9 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. 129.

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WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn’t enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.

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Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Mama fixes the bank’s financial faux pas

My parents, according to the world’s definition of “cool,” were not.

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Dixie Divas: Lindsay changes Southern Living

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved — Southern Living — changed.

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Dixie Divas: Family history is more exciting than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute about sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

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Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

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Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Family builds bonds over Buicks

We were never people with fancy cars. Our first family car was a 1955 Chrysler with lots of chrome. It was a big thing.

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Imagining evolution of technology

In recent days, I have seen pictures of children beginning their first days of school.

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Smells like nostalgia: Scents bring memories

I can’t see or hear as well as I used to, but my nose seems to work pretty well. The trouble is, things don’t smell like they used to.

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Singing praise for the perfect funeral

Death is the one event in life that will eventually happen. It is also the one for which we are least prepared.

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Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

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