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Ronda Rich: Memory of fragrance takes us back in time

It was after a speaking engagement in Chattanooga when I was signing books that an arm slipped over my shoulders from the back and a ...

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Harris Blackwood: Here's my ‘like’ list of life’s simplest pleasures

Sometimes, you just need to make a list of simple things that you like. I did that this week.

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Earth Sense: Lightning creates hazard for lives, electronic devices

When thunder rumbles several afternoons in a row, as it’s been doing this month, one might be tempted to ignore it and continue with ...

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Johnny Vardeman: ‘Just Mr. Jones’ to local teen girl happened to be golfing legend

Johnny Vardeman: ‘Just Mr. Jones’ to local teen girl happened to be golfing legend

Bobby Jones was the great Georgia golfer who won 33 tournaments, including 13 majors and the “Grand Slam” of his era.

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Ronda Rich: Albany needs us after devastating tornado

On the Rondarosa, we have such frequent phone and DSL problems that we’ve become good friends with our repair guy, Mike. Such good friends ...

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Earth Sense: Ultraviolet radiation can damage cars, tires, skin

This is the season of strong ultraviolet radiation. It’s not a new thing. Ultraviolet is part of the sunlight that reaches the earth. In ...

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Johnny Vardeman: School years were aligned with calendar in early 1900s

As a new school year begins in a few weeks — much too soon, many students, teachers and parents say — look back to the early 1900s ...

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Harris Blackwood: Why we need the human touch — you can’t send a tomato by email

Georgia Power has announced that it is closing its local business offices around the state. I don’t really blame them; I haven’t been ...

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Harris Blackwood: The dearly departed always deserve kind words

An old song from the 1930s is “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.” The song is about the parting of lovers ...

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Johnny Vardeman: You ask, we answer — solving some mysteries of local history

Readers now and then have questions about local history. Here are a few of some that have popped up over the years:

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Harris Blackwood: One mom puts a face on the horrible cost of drunken driving

I have spent the last 6½ years advocating that people not drink, text or speed while driving.

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Johnny Vardeman: When the first load of lumber came in from Helen in 1913

When the first train carload of lumber passed through Gainesville on its way to market from Byrd-Matthews Lumber Co. in Helen, it was a significant ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Ridge Road was named for a Cherokee Indian chief

Many assume Ridge Road was so named because it generally follows a ridge from Old Cornelia Highway to Queen City Parkway in Gainesville. One story ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Asbestos mine was pricey property back in 1899

While gold mining continued at a fairly brisk pace into the early 1900s, another type of mine provided a bonanza of a different sort in ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Some historic happenings back in 1980

Doesn’t seem all that long ago, but in 1980 Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were locked in a presidential race while Iran held more ...

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