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Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

Connie Propes and other neighbors where Wal-Mart is building a grocery and installing gas pumps on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville are researching the history of the area, in particular Slaughterhouse Creek, which might be affected by rainfall runoff from the development. The creek eventually feeds into Lake Lanier.

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Many memories made in Brenau sorority houses

During the recent razing of several sorority houses at Brenau University in Gainesville, students and alumni gathered in groups at times to snap photos and hopefully get a brick or other piece of memorabilia from the rubble.

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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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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: ‘My’ Grant Tinker celebrates 88 glorious years

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday.

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Dixie Divas: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It’s funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

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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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Harris Blackwood's column

Stories written in stone

Stories written in stone

MOULTRIE ­— For some people, an out-of-town trip is not complete without a visit to a museum or art gallery. For me, it could easily be a visit to a cemetery.

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Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be “The Great American Songbook.”

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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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