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Ronda Rich: Why I never met the late, great Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands, N.C., on a Sunday and say, “We ...

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Harris Blackwood: There’s no better title than being Dad

It has been 27 years since I became a father. We did not know that she was a girl until she arrived.

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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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Earth Sense: Leave extra room for motorcyclists on road

Motorcycles are an interesting study in physics. To people who’ve never been on a bike, it’s a riddle how “these things” remain upright ...

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Ronda Rich: Thankful for people like Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

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Harris Blackwood: Gene Brooks was good male role model

One day when he was 11, John Ellington’s father, Charles, was electrocuted while working for Georgia Power Co.

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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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Ronda Rich: Shouting for joy

When I was child, we traveled to the mountains on occasion to visit what Mama called her “home church,” meaning it was the church in ...

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Johnny Vardeman: A war story, and one about a poultry giant

Johnny Vardeman: A war story, and one about a poultry giant

In the late John Jacobs’ book, “The Longer You Live, Remembrances of John Wesley Jacobs Jr.,” he recounts an episode he experienced as a young ...

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Ronda Rich: Songs that tell a story

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Longstreet Bridge’s name was unofficial until recently

And all this time you thought the first bridge over the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on U.S. 129 north of Gainesville was ...

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Ronda Rich: Getting started in journalism at country radio station

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

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Harris Blackwood: Mother's Day comes with an emotional cost

 A commercial on the radio was advertising a $5,000 ring for Mother’s Day. In the 36 years I had my mother, I didn ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Quillians played important roles across Georgia

So, is Sally Quillian Yates one of the Hall County Quillians Corner Quillians?

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Harris Blackwood: Know your district, nominees when going to vote

The people of the 6th Congressional District went to the polls last week to elect a new congressman.

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