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Businesses along Atlanta Highway roll with the times

Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville’s Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.

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Who recalls the final film shown at the Royal?

Many remember the movie “The Last Picture Show,” which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.

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Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

Connie Propes and other neighbors where Wal-Mart is building a grocery and installing gas pumps on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville are researching the history of the area, in particular Slaughterhouse Creek, which might be affected by rainfall runoff from the development. The creek eventually feeds into Lake Lanier.

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Many memories made in Brenau sorority houses

During the recent razing of several sorority houses at Brenau University in Gainesville, students and alumni gathered in groups at times to snap photos and hopefully get a brick or other piece of memorabilia from the rubble.

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Sacks store was mainstay on city square

Sacks store was mainstay on city square

The east side of Gainesville’s downtown square in the 1950s was dominated by clothing stores, most of them what you would consider discount shops today.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Spinning image from negative to positive after death

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

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Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town working on location when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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Dixie Divas: ‘My’ Grant Tinker celebrates 88 glorious years

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday.

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Dixie Divas: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It’s funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

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Dixie Divas: Mama fixes the bank’s financial faux pas

My parents, according to the world’s definition of “cool,” were not.

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Harris Blackwood's column



Lessons from Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy lived an incredible life. It began with a hardscrabble start in Atlanta’s West End. It ended with him listed as one of the wealthiest people in America.

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Friends past and passed, but still around

I am blessed with lots of people I call friends.

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Stories written in stone

Stories written in stone

MOULTRIE ­— For some people, an out-of-town trip is not complete without a visit to a museum or art gallery. For me, it could easily be a visit to a cemetery.

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Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be “The Great American Songbook.”

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Imagining evolution of technology

In recent days, I have seen pictures of children beginning their first days of school.

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