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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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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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Keifer: Be grateful we enjoy clean water

Among all the things we were thankful for at Thanksgiving, did you include clean water?

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Ronda Rich: Holding onto the memories of Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

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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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Earth Sense: EarthShare supports environmental groups

North Georgia has faced big environmental challenges this fall. Even long-term residents of our state have trouble remembering a time when we went for an ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Lively Lions left footprints all over town

Gainesville Lions Club, it seems, has always been identified with City Park, especially when Gainesville High School’s Red Elephant football team romped over the ...

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Norman Baggs: Fake news an unwelcome media player

When I started in the newspaper business 40-plus years ago, I never imagined that before my career was done there would be a national dialogue ...

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Harris Blackwood: 'Tis the season to be thankful for others

Once again, it is time for my annual column of thanks.

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Johnny Vardeman: Horse lovers got their kicks from City Park shows

Johnny Vardeman: Horse lovers got their kicks from City Park shows

Horse shows at City Park in Gainesville once were a highlight of the year, especially in the 1950s.

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Ronda Rich: Maxine and Kelly are my kind of Southern women

Maxine Trapnell, whom I’ve known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman.

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Harris Blackwood: Maintain respect when it comes to politics

In the online world, I have lots of friends with varying political views.

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Johnny Vardeman: Skitt Mountain’s hidden history brought to light by descendants

Skitt Mountain straddles the Hall and White counties line between Cleveland and Clermont.

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Ronda Rich: My love-hate relationship with kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling ...

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Harris Blackwood: New book has century of Gainesville High stories

It’s hard to imagine, but the Gainesville Red Elephants have been playing football at the same place for a century.

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Johnny Vardeman: Elvis made a short stopover in Gainesville early in career

Elvis Presley never held a concert in Gainesville, but just as his career was taking off, he made a pit stop here, according to a ...

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Harris Blackwood: Vote, let your voice be heard

I don’t know anyone who actually stands around the water cooler, but we often use the idea of “water cooler conversations” to describe what ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Is bridge image under the lake Light’s Ferry?

Johnny Vardeman: Is bridge image under the lake Light’s Ferry?

The drought has more Lake Lanier shoreline exposed, providing another avenue for hiking and exploring.

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Ronda Rich: Huge fan of Lee Smith, her Appalachian upbringing

As best I can recall — and I’ve been thinking hard about this — I have only written one fan letter in my life.

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Harris Blackwood: Hanging out with Orford's 'Sugar Daddy'

Harris Blackwood: Hanging out with Orford's 'Sugar Daddy'

ORFORD, N.H. — Standing on Peter Thomson’s back porch, you have a spectacular view of Mount Moosilauke, a 4,802-foot-high mountain at the southwestern ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Pioneer Rylee’s grave ceremony planned Oct. 29

It’s been almost a century and a half since James Rylee died, but a marker will be placed at his gravesite. The ceremony is ...

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Harris Blackwood: Avoid distractions and use your seat belt

I try not to use this space in connection with my real job. I am much more content to offer my take on everyday things ...

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