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Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.

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City’s park and rec program began with $1,000 purchase

The lights decorating the Gainesville Civic Center and its front campus provide a perfect bookend to the annual Christmas on Green Street with the holly tree lighted by the Rotary Club at the other end of the historic street.

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How Hall County reacted after Pearl Harbor

Just as the attack by Japanese on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, came on a Sunday, so is today’s 73rd anniversary of that fateful day.

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Brenau landed in Paris, wooed New York, Washington

Brenau University perhaps is in its most aggressive mode in its history with all the building going on at its expanding Gainesville campus and its arms spread wide to locations in Atlanta, Augusta and King’s Bay.

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Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.

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Ronda Rich's column



Receiving blessings at vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said out of the blue, “I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school.”

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Dixie Divas: Being born, raised poor can equate to wealth, riches

My people, as I have long said, were raised on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don’t know I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

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Dixie Divas: Time can melt away for your childhood friends

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know.

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Dixie Divas: Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren’t planned. They’re born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

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Dixie Divas: Lightning strikes down memories

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and did not say a word. What was there to say?

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Harris Blackwood's column



A personal Christmas letter to the jolly ol’ elf

Dear Santa,

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Telling stories of family to children is important

In what would be the final years of her life, I often asked my mother what she wanted for Christmas. The reply was often the same: “I just want my children around me.”

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Waiting for Santa Claus is a good thing

The last time I checked, a day is still 24 hours and it still takes the Earth about 365 days to go around the sun.

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Crooners synonymous with Christmas songs

Sometime in the next few days, radio stations will start playing Christmas music. A friend of mine suggested I write a column about recording artists associated with a Christmas song. So here I go.

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Many things to be thankful for this holiday

One song says to “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One.”

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