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Ronda Rich: Selecting a treasure trunk to call my own

When I was 4, Mama’s uncle, a kind and successful man, died.

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Harris Blackwood: Kudzu causes fussing and cussing in the yard

Kudzu was introduced to the United States at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. In the 1930s, kudzu was thought to be a wonderful ...

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Bill Coates: Truths of my first sermon

I’d be interested in hearing from my pastor friends participating in this column rotation about their very first sermon.

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Ronda Rich: Learning about unknown heroes

History’s full of people who made a difference, took a stand or voiced an opinion against injustice when it cost them plenty. Either it ...

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Harris Blackwood: Movie remakes aren’t as magical as originals

Sadly, I think Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and continues to recycle old ones in an effort to draw people to the ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Zany elections aren’t that rare in US, Georgia

This may go down as the most bizarre presidential election in the country’s history if the campaign so far is any indication.

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Ronda Rich: Visiting the sweetest chocolate place on Earth

A few years ago when I had a new book releasing about Southern women, the publisher asked me to speak at a conference for owners ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Celebrating summer’s song about tomatoes

“Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes. What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?”

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Ronda Rich: Paying tribute to Southern author Florence King

On a Sunday morning, I was tucked into bed on the island of St. Simons. This place is where I, at the age of 13 ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Cobb Street bridge history part of the past for Lula area

The Cobb Street bridge over railroad tracks in Lula will be saved after all. It was threatened to be demolished because of its deteriorating condition ...

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Harris Blackwood: The ascent and decline of the U.S. space program

My mama often decided certain events were historical and I should pay attention to them.

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Johnny Vardeman: Before there was Lake Lanier, there was Lanier Lake

Did you know there was a Lanier Lake in Hall County before our present Lake Lanier filled in the mid-1950s?

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Ronda Rich: It matters who you are kin to in the South

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

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Harris Blackwood: I was too busy to notice the heat and humidity

As I trudged through the sweltering heat, going from the air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned house, I wondered how we survived when I was a ...

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Showing empathy for a new-made mound at a cemetery

We were driving to the Georgia coast through little towns in which few live and even fewer know. It was near Appling County, I believe ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Dixie City was discount pioneer before big box stores

Before there was a Wal-Mart, before there was a Kmart, before all the Dollar-type discount stores, there was Gainesville’s Dixie City, from which sprang ...

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Harris Blackwood: Remember our country’s wonderful history

Last year, my daughter and I visited Philadelphia and stopped at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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Johnny Vardeman: McCurry kin, O’Dells notable in Hall history

Johnny Vardeman: McCurry kin, O’Dells notable in Hall history

The main reason prolific preacher and church planter Dave McCurry came to North Georgia from North Carolina after four of his children had died was ...

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Ronda Rich: Tink is Duckmaster for a day at the Peabody in Memphis

Since the beginning of our Southerner/Yankee union, I have kept a list of places Tink should visit to fully experience the glorious South.

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Harris Blackwood: Rounding the corner to the backside of 50 years old

Back in the days when I was spinning records on the radio, a singer-songwriter named John Conlee wrote and recorded a song called “Backside of ...

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