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Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

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Where some names originate in North Georgia

A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day — Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.

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You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

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First wireless message sent in 1911 from ship to Brenau

“Wireless” is a common term in today’s age of modern electronics. It allows people to use their electronic devices in a variety of locations or situations.

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Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Tough to abandon your roots

Here, I’ll announce something I’ve never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It’s how I was raised.

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Dixie Divas: Mentor, friend leaves behind legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions.

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Dixie Divas: How fast rumors fly around town

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk.

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Dixie Divas: Looking back at this year

When the New Year arrives every year, I like most look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity and a chance to reform from bad habits.

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Dixie Divas: Oh, how I love Christmas trees and the memories

It was late in the summer of my parents’ lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

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Harris Blackwood's column



No more service with a smile from gas station attendants

Somewhere along the way, we will explain to future generations how gasoline once cost about 35 cents a gallon and how someone would pump it for you, check your tires and oil and wipe off your windshield.

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Times are always changing and are often full of uncertainty

I remember the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

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Wedding, funeral songs are conversation starters

Funeral and wedding songs are often the subject of much discussion, particularly after the event.

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Toast to the killer of kudzu

The year begins with outstanding news: A University of Georgia junior has discovered a cure for kudzu.

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New Year’s resolutions I can keep

It is the season of those wonderful New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know what bothers me the most, making them or breaking them.

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