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Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville’s downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before “Old Joe,” the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul’s, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

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1920 contents of high school cornerstone unveil history

In the fall of 1920, Hall County students were studying in 21 schools.

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Gainesville was a brick center in early 1900s

In the early 1900s, Gainesville already was becoming known as a poultry center, but it would be another half century before it could boast about being the “World’s Broiler Capital.”

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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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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Book shopping in person brings me great joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

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Dixie Divas: Being a good Southerner takes time, training

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness.

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Dixie Divas: Mama B – A most memorable Southern mother to many

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

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Dixie Divas: Love heals and bonds little boys

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I but more timid and less secure.

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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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Harris Blackwood's column



The ups and downs at Blue Willow Inn

Billie Van Dyke’s life in the restaurant business has been a bit like riding a roller-coaster.

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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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