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Harris Blackwood: Remembering glory days of summer

In school, we always had a countdown to Christmas break, but it only seemed like a few days. The big countdown was for the final ...

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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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Earth Sense: Stone Mountain one of many ‘inselbergs’ in US

Easy to reach from Gainesville via Tucker, Stone Mountain Park makes for a fascinating weekend trip.

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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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Earth Sense: Memories of China seen in snapshots

The first thing that one notices when arriving in China is the population. Wherever you go, lots of people are already there.

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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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Dick Yarbrough: It insults hogs when you compare them to politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Ferry operators of early 1900s viewed bridges as competitors

Just as multilane highways today are replacing narrow two-laners, and just as rutted dirt roads were replaced by paved roads, bridges over wide streams were ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Thanks go to those who help preserve our area’s history

There are too many people to name who have contributed to the preservation of history in Hall County.

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Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant’s army at bay until ...

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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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Harris Blackwood: Celebrate Easter every Sunday

I’m an Easter person.

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Harris Blackwood: Put down the pie and run a real marathon

I admire a lot of competitive events. I have a lot of respect for folks who can gather with 50,000 other sweaty people and ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages ...

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Harris Blackwood: Old TV theme songs take us back in time

Television networks need to squeeze out every minute they can these days. One of the ways they have done it is to limit TV theme ...

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Harris Blackwood: Ted Oglesby was the genuine article

It was 1988, and I took a job as field representative for U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler. My territory was all of North Georgia, and ...

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