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Ronda Rich: The difference between city slickers and farmers

Bree, the 8-year-old daughter of my niece Nicole, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink’s pick-up truck.

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Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant’s army at bay until ...

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Harris Blackwood: Know your district, nominees when going to vote

The people of the 6th Congressional District went to the polls last week to elect a new congressman.

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Dick Yarbrough: A salute to Georgia's special first ladies

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The “Luv Guv,” as he was known in the local ...

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Harris Blackwood: Celebrate Easter every Sunday

I’m an Easter person.

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Johnny Vardeman: New Gainesville city hall was over estimate, yet was a bargain in 1900

When Gainesville Mayor J.B. Gaston was leaving office in January 1900, he boasted the city was spending no more than $9,600 on the ...

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Earth Sense: Temperature inversions impair visibility, foil the air

Quite soon, cold nights will be a thing of the past for a while. That’s true for temperature inversions as well. On a cloud-free ...

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Dick Yarbrough: We should all remember Easter’s message

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space:

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Harris Blackwood: Put down the pie and run a real marathon

I admire a lot of competitive events. I have a lot of respect for folks who can gather with 50,000 other sweaty people and ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages ...

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Harris Blackwood: Old TV theme songs take us back in time

Television networks need to squeeze out every minute they can these days. One of the ways they have done it is to limit TV theme ...

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Ronda Rich: Giving up my swang

About halfway through my morning run just about the time droplets of ‘dew’ were running down my face and I wasn’t looking none too ...

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Harris Blackwood: Ted Oglesby was the genuine article

It was 1988, and I took a job as field representative for U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler. My territory was all of North Georgia, and ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Storm victims’ cemetery marker in need of repair

Johnny Vardeman: Storm victims’ cemetery marker in need of repair

More than 200 people died in the April 6, 1936, tornado that blew through the heart of Gainesville.

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Johnny Vardeman: Check yourself on local history, area landmarks

Some miscellaneous historical trivia to test your knowledge of Northeast Georgia: (Answers below.)

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Ronda Rich: Uncle Oscar, Aunt Fairy were full of caring

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy.

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Harris Blackwood: Preserve the people who make good biscuits

Baseball great Ted Williams died with the hope someone would be able to remake him one day.

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Johnny Vardeman: Transportation plan in 1970s had hits, misses

Transportation problems are a symptom of galloping growth, which comes in spurts according to the health of the economy.

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Ronda Rich: Pure joy of walking barefoot and jumping into a good mud hole

It’s hard to find a good mud hole these days.

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Harris Blackwood: Judging food’s freshness the old-fashioned way

When one goes scavenging in the refrigerator or cupboard for something to eat, there is always that question as to whether or not it is ...

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