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Ronda Rich: Death scenes are not like they are in the movies

Many times my husband has written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...

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Harris Blackwood: Looking for survival in Sears Roebuck

Richard Sears was a railroad freight agent in North Redwood Falls, Minn.

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Johnny Vardeman: It was so cold in 1895, cattle, hogs and feet were frozen

January is when we expect our bitterest cold weather, not the record-breaking 60s and 70s Northeast Georgia has experienced recently.

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Earth Sense: Weather spotters are essential in determining forecasts

We all watch the weather in one way or another. It takes some training, however, to be able to interpret different cloud shapes, or make ...

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Ronda Rich: Clyde was more than just the school janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first- through sixth-grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps; an auditorium with heavy ...

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Johnny Vardeman: As Jimbo or Bimbo, he liked to laugh, and make us laugh

Since his untimely passing, Bimbo Brewer stories have been flying off the shelves like bread and milk before a snowstorm.

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Earth Sense: Black ice a major danger in winter storms

“They said we’d get 5 to 6 inches of snow. Now look at this.” The cashier at the Oakwood fast food restaurant was disappointed ...

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Dick Yarbrough: Be wary of legislators’ claims

To arms! To arms! The legislature is coming, the legislature is coming!

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Ronda Rich: Natural storyteller Grant Tinker is now gone

Ronda Rich: Natural storyteller Grant Tinker is now gone

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

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Johnny Vardeman: Downey name honors efforts of early doctor

Downey Boulevard is a short Gainesville street running between South Enota Drive and Myrtle Street.

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Ronda Rich: Goodbye to Grant Tinker

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

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Harris Blackwood: New year brings a welcome do-over for us all

Sometimes, when I am writing the column, I start out with an idea and it just falls flat. When that happens, I will highlight everything ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Rowdy rituals on New Year’s Eve lured crowds to greet 1960s

During the 1950s, perhaps earlier, it had been a ritual among the younger crowd, and even some older Northeast Georgians, to celebrate a new year ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Christmas 1909 came with mix of snow, politics

How Christmas was in Hall County in 1909:

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Ronda Rich: Power of spending Christmas at home with family

As a child growing up, Christmas was pure joy and delight.

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Harris Blackwood: Rekindling goodness at Christmas

In the Broadway musical, “Mame,” one scene takes place around Thanksgiving 1929.

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Johnny Vardeman: Grace Hewell is gone, but her Gillsville pottery family endures

Johnny Vardeman: Grace Hewell is gone, but her Gillsville pottery family endures

The matriarch of the Hewell family pottery dynasty, Grace Nell (Granny) Hewell, died Dec. 1.

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Ronda Rich: Positive aspects of staying in bed all morning

As I see it, because I’ve studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I ...

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Harris Blackwood: The beauty of a gift box for Christmas

The guy who invented the clear plastic clamshell packaging is not one of my favorite people.

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Johnny Vardeman: Local man photographs thousands of graves for website

A Gainesville man not only has seen about every grave marker in Hall County, he’s photographed most of them.

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Ronda Rich: Smells of pinto beans, collard greens and cornbread

My sister said once that she doesn’t really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

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Harris Blackwood: High and low notes of Christmas carols

I asked my friends on social media to weigh-in this week on Christmas carols and songs.

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Johnny Vardeman: There were no sacred cows safe in Dahlonega editor’s witty writings

W.B. Townsend, the colorful editor of the Dahlonega Nugget, who died in 1933, was often quoted by newspapers all over the country. His writings ...

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Harris Blackwoood: Maintaining the Christmas kindness year-round

A popular doughnut chain has a neon sign that is illuminated when it sells  freshly glazed, hot doughnuts. It has lured me in more than ...

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