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WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn’t enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.

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Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

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County agents play key role in community

“County agents,” as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.

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Hall also had role in birthing Bulldog Nation

On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.

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Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

Nancy Terrell Furr hid in a cabin during the Civil War while Union soldiers plundered the countryside, picked all the pears from a tree nearby and killed the only cow she owned.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

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Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

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Dixie Divas: The ones who lift you up lead you to your success

Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with many people who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, “ain’t worth the breath they draw.”

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Dixie Divas: The parable of planting an apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.

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Dixie Divas: Fitting the pieces of life's puzzles

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about it in almost that many years, but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Singing praise for the perfect funeral

Death is the one event in life that will eventually happen. It is also the one for which we are least prepared.

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Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

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An ode to cupcake craziness

I’ve never been good at crazes. Some of them were over before I found out.

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Seeing summer through a child’s eyes

Summer is the season that gives us so many good memories, especially from our childhood.

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Lifting hopeful voices in a dark place

In my early days of Sunday school, I remember hearing about Paul and Silas, who were singing and praising the Lord in prison.

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