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Film to depict Jackson pilot’s WWII escapes

Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.

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Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

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Businesses along Atlanta Highway roll with the times

Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville’s Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.

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Who recalls the final film shown at the Royal?

Many remember the movie “The Last Picture Show,” which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.

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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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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Do not throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents’ house after the death of her father.

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Dixie Divas: In and out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was urgency and distress in her voice.

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Dixie Divas: Spinning image from negative to positive after death

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

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Dixie Divas: Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town working on location when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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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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Harris Blackwood's column



Fairs find the kid in everyone

I remember the days when posters started going up about the arrival of the fair. The poster was in bright neon yellow with a drawing of a big Ferris wheel. Just seeing the word “fair” in big bold letters let you know the big show was coming to town.

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Flipping the switch to autumn

At 10:29 p.m. Monday, summer comes to an end.

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Lessons from Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy lived an incredible life. It began with a hardscrabble start in Atlanta’s West End. It ended with him listed as one of the wealthiest people in America.

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Friends past and passed, but still around

I am blessed with lots of people I call friends.

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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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