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Johnny Vardeman's column



‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized “a miracle man” because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

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1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

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River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley’s Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren’t all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

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Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward “Jackie” Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

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Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Easter brings memories and hope

I remember more clearly than any other holiday the many Easters of my life.

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Earnhardt: Head into car pileup

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead.

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Dixie Divas: Learning to balance pride with humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

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Dixie Divas: Living a life in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories. You know the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life.

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Dixie Divas: Youthful choices, mistakes can change lives

To this conclusion I have come: The most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom — a driver’s license — and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

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Harris Blackwood's column



My little, big moments with the Braves

As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run leader.

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Aged are young again in spring

A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day.

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From mountains to mayhaws, Georgia has it all

It amazes me sometimes how little people know about our state.

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Tuning up your farewell toasts

Mark Green and I have an agreement about reaching the finish line of life. The one of us who gets there first will fulfill the other’s last wishes.

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The times, they keep a-changing on us

If you like standard time, then this is the week you better drink it in. On March 9, we will set our clocks forward and begin observing daylight saving time.

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