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Ronda Rich: Finally linked to the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or ...

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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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Harris Blackwood: Never hurts to dream big, even if you don’t win

Every morning I take a look at the sign. It greets me in traffic near downtown Atlanta. It is the sign that bears the current ...

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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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Johnny Vardeman: Ancestors give Hall woman a lot to talk about

Gainesville icon Lillie Mae Green will turn 98 July 17.

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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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Ronda Rich: Great-great-grandsons of Civil War opponents meet

We were eating lunch as the American Queen riverboat pulled out of port, having just returned from a morning-long excursion to the Battlefield of Vicksburg.

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Harris Blackwood: Farm fresh food arriving to store shelves soon

The very best of Georgia is about to arrive at a grocery store or farmer’s market near you.

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Johnny Vardeman: Some aging local schools were closed, some rescued

Johnny Vardeman: Some aging local schools were closed, some rescued

Gainesville city schools are in building mode with a new Enota Elementary School and one off Mundy Mill Road near Oakwood plus an addition to ...

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Ronda Rich: Ugly shed houses altar where my daddy prayed regularly

Behind the little house where I spent a happy childhood, where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed ...

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Johnny Vardeman: City directory pictured town as it used to be, with full details

Old telephone directories are full of history of local communities because they contained names and addresses of residents, as well as businesses, especially those who ...

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Ronda Rich: My Yankee husband's firsthand encounter at Vicksburg

It did not turn out as I intended.

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Harris Blackwood: Every generation has 'good ole days'

I like to think that my childhood was the good old days.

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Johnny Vardeman: Old directories reveal history, revive memories

Old telephone directories provide a peek into the past as they are akin to local history books themselves.

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Harris Blackwood: Remember those lives lost in battle this Memorial Day

Before the radio existed, folks used to sing. The songs were about a lot of things, including wars.

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