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Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia’s history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.

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Mossy Creek Campground is full of history

Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.

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Many golfers learned to play at Mossy Creek in White County

One of the oldest golf courses in North Georgia is Mossy Creek, just over the Hall County line into White County on Ga. 254 next to Mossy Creek Campground and at the base of Skitts Mountain.

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Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville’s business districts over the years, you can’t keep track of them.

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Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

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Ronda Rich's column



Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

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Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

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Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

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Dixie Divas: Nicknames are badges of honor in the South

More than any other region, Southerners love nicknames.

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Dixie Divas: Introducing yourself in the Southern manner

Back in the autumn as the leaves began to hint of enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

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Harris Blackwood's column



What is in a name?

I remember going to places such as Six Flags and Stone Mountain when I was a kid. I was always fascinated with the key chains, pencils and bike tags with names on them.

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Our holiday traditions are not always completely accurate

We are a gullible bunch, aren’t we?

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Internet has its alluring aspects

This column begins as a newspaper column. I’m very happy about that. I like the notion of being a newspaper columnist. I still like to hold the newspaper in my hand and look at it.

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We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don’t do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

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Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

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