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Ronda Rich: Watching good Southern movies like 'Gator'

A while back, we were in Canada for a movie filming there.

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Johnny Vardeman: Red Elephant also was a bus to haul athletes at Gainesville

The Times is seeking memories of Gainesville School System for special coverage Friday on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

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Earth Sense: Deer one of main reasons for traffic injuries and fatalities

It’s a beautiful fall day. Around 6 p.m., I’m riding the motorcycle down a quiet country road at a leisurely 35 mph ...

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Ronda Rich: Lessons of the sewing machine and the shotgun

When I was approaching 7 years old and about to wrap up the first grade, I reigned as the No. 1 reader of books as ...

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Harris Blackwood: Enjoy every moment life gives you

We are unique creatures on this planet. We are the only ones who have a soul. We have the need for human companionship and long ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Gold in Nacoochee field wasn’t the kind he had in mind during rush

George Walton Williams grew up in Nacoochee Valley in White County and became a successful banker and merchant, living most of his life in the ...

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Ronda Rich: A preacher with two jobs

In the months before we married, I showed Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

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Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville school system survived after years of debate

Seeds for a “free” public school system for Gainesville were sown as far back as the 1870s, but two decades of debate followed, and in ...

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Ronda Rich: Hefty yard work eases decision to buy tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa, which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen ...

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Harris Blackwood: Something puzzling about new shoes with scuffed look

Getting a new pair of shoes was a big deal when I was kid.

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Stuart Higginbotham: Overcoming fear, yielding to my God

I love that my friend Bill Coates challenged us (ministers) to explore our first sermons.

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Johnny Vardeman: Booklet shows Brenau campus of 100 years ago

Johnny Vardeman: Booklet shows Brenau campus of 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, 1916, Brenau College issued what it called its Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 3.

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Ronda Rich: Jack Daniel left quite a legacy

A while back, a Los Angeles-based producer approached Tink and me to gage our potential interest in writing a historical mini-series about the life of ...

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Harris Blackwood: Enjoying the adventures along Route 66

Sometimes I think I may have fit in better in an earlier generation. I would have loved to have been around in the heyday of ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Whistle stop failed to halt for candidate in Gainesville

One of the largest crowds ever at a political event was supposed to gather in Gainesville in April 1912. Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey ...

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Ronda Rich: Selecting a treasure trunk to call my own

When I was 4, Mama’s uncle, a kind and successful man, died.

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Harris Blackwood: Kudzu causes fussing and cussing in the yard

Kudzu was introduced to the United States at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. In the 1930s, kudzu was thought to be a wonderful ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Old Cake Box was a hangout site and a tasty baking spot

Practically every community, small and large, has those “hangouts,” places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for ...

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Ronda Rich: Learning about unknown heroes

History’s full of people who made a difference, took a stand or voiced an opinion against injustice when it cost them plenty. Either it ...

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Harris Blackwood: Movie remakes aren’t as magical as originals

Sadly, I think Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and continues to recycle old ones in an effort to draw people to the ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Zany elections aren’t that rare in US, Georgia

This may go down as the most bizarre presidential election in the country’s history if the campaign so far is any indication.

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Ronda Rich: Visiting the sweetest chocolate place on Earth

A few years ago when I had a new book releasing about Southern women, the publisher asked me to speak at a conference for owners ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Celebrating summer’s song about tomatoes

“Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes. What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?”

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Ronda Rich: Paying tribute to Southern author Florence King

On a Sunday morning, I was tucked into bed on the island of St. Simons. This place is where I, at the age of 13 ...

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