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Johnny Vardeman's column



Old buildings hold memories for long-timers

A couple of downtown Gainesville landmarks that hold special memories for a lot of people are undergoing yet another series of renovations.

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School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren’t just recent controversies in Georgia’s history.

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Lynchings were a common crime in early 20th century

Much is being made of the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank/Mary Phagan case this month.

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Try your hand at some local history trivia

Another local history quiz. See how many questions you can answer.

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Rylees were among first settlers in Banks, Hall counties

Ten to 20 people will gather at the Rylee homeplace in Banks County for lunch today as they do most every Sunday.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Handy preacher comes to my rescue

A much appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give ...

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Dixie Divas: Living after being orphaned as an adult

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan.

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Dixie Divas: Hollywood errs in facts once again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me.

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Dixie Divas: Southern people stick together

After having dinner with friends, David and Kim, we were leaving the restaurant when someone noticed a placard directing a group toward a reserved room.

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Dixie Divas: Knitting together the yarns of my life

Something the other day took me back to a time.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Neighborly visits to the older adults

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for older folks. I don’t know how that happened, it just did.

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Things college freshman only know as history

You might not know Beloit College in Wisconsin, but a group of faculty and staff members have put the college on the map with their ...

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'Bad' words from the mouths of adults

Sometimes in adulthood, I have said some things I regretted, but I never reached over and popped a bar of soap into my mouth.

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It's a tough job to be a teacher

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

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Remembering the joys of cartoons

If Acme Products Co. was really in business, I would be a good customer.

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