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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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Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

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Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville’s first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.

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Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

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Ronda Rich's column



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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Dixie Divas: When Mama planned on dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week — and sometimes not a day — went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

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Dixie Divas: Time goes by quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She’s soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

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Harris Blackwood's column



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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Snow is nice; ice is ugly

When I was a kid in Social Circle, our town doctor used to make an ice sculpture of sorts when it got really cold.

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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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Evil act of one doesn’t mark entire community

Back in the days before the interstate highway system would take you where you needed to go, we used to take a cross-country route to Jekyll Island or to visit family in Jacksonville, Fla.

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It is a fine skill to predict weather

Forecasting the weather is a job I wouldn’t want. If you predict rain and it doesn’t, folks chuckle and go on their way. If you predict a blizzard and it doesn’t happen, folks will stop just short of calling for a lynch mob.

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