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Family finally tells its story of ’36 Gainesville tornado

Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here’s a family’s remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville’s 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.

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Gainesville residents fought to keep square in 1901

“Old Joe,” the Confederate statue on Gainesville’s downtown square, almost wasn’t to be for a couple of reasons.

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Anniversary of a different deadly 1936 tornado

Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.

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Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

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Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia’s history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Lessons from my Mama

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Mama or do something the way she taught me.

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Dixie Divas: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

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Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

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Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

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Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Shining beacons of hope

For more than four years, a young fellow named Josh Turner has accompanied me on my ride to Atlanta.

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Escape into the beauty of Georgia's landscape

A few weeks ago, I was standing on the porch of someone’s home in the mountains. As the sun was going down, I looked out at the beautiful peaks that decorate the northern part of our state.

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Easter rings in Resurrection, colorful clothes

There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you’re taking a vote, I’m an Easter person.

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Natives, transplants leave their marks on Gainesville

I married into a family that has generational roots in Gainesville. They go back long before the War of Northern Aggression.

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Our holiday traditions are not always completely accurate

We are a gullible bunch, aren’t we?

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