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Harris Blackwood: Alphabet soup with American businesses

In 1991, American Telephone and Telegraph Co. announced it sent its last telegraph. In the same news release, the company said while telegraph messages were ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville’s Jack of all sports was a pure natural

If a ball had anything to do with it, Jack Roberts was naturally great at it.

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Ronda Rich: Lessons from the Great Depression impact my parents and me

The Great Depression shaped my parents. In the years to come, it shaped my life as well.

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Johnny Vardeman: 100 years later, politics remain as divisive and bizarre as ever

Elections 100 years ago, on state, local and national levels, are not so dissimilar from this year’s.

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Ronda Rich: People spend their lives reacting to things instead of doing things

It is with earnest intention and optimism that I arise each day and assemble my “to-do” list.

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Harris Blackwood: Jeff Hullinger receives well-deserved promotion

I love when new TV anchors come to town.

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Johnny Vardeman: Some places, bits of history are missing off today’s maps

Old maps reveal a lot about the history of an area, changes that have come about, places that no longer are obvious.

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Earth Sense: Pacific Rim a high risk zone for quakes, volcanos, storms

The double-hit earthquake that struck the city of Kumamoto in Japan last week was some 1,000 miles away from the infamous 2011 Miyagi earthquake ...

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Ronda Rich: Iron bed, handmade quilts are symbols of my mountain people

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

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Johnny Vardeman: Public housing and the legacy of a preacher

Johnny Vardeman: Public housing and the legacy of a preacher

Some Gainesville homes were still without electricity and used kerosene for both heating and lighting in the late 1940s when the idea for a public ...

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Ronda Rich: Reeling from rising cost of cream of mushroom soup

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

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Johnny Vardeman: Try this quiz: What do you recollect about street changes?

Time for another history trivia quiz about Northeast Georgia. Answers at end of column.

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Ronda Rich: Living rich and dying poor

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Hall boosters took to road to tell story before WWI

Hall County was feeling its oats just before World War I. It had landed two large textile mills, other small industries were thriving, a few ...

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Harris Blackwood: Lord is risen, spring arrives

I guess I could have written a column about something other than Easter, but it wouldn’t have felt right.

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Ronda Rich: Easter connects seersucker suit and book of life

From the moment Tink visited the Mississippi Delta, he began to long for a seersucker suit.

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Johnny Vardeman: Horse Guards militia group was horseless in early years

Johnny Vardeman: Horse Guards militia group was horseless in early years

The Candler Horse Guards was a Hall County militia group that despite its name went without its own horses for a while.

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Ronda Rich:Understanding how to tell stories with details

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

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Harris Blackwood: Losing the song from our hearts, minds

We used to be singing people. We sang in the car. We gathered around the piano and sang old hymns, folk songs and songs that ...

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Johnny Vardeman: Local lawyer Perry liked to take on the powerful

H.H. Perry, the colorful, constantly controversial Gainesville lawyer in the early 1900s, who never met a political race he didn’t like, also had ...

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Harris Blackwood: Missing the friendly neighbor as spring nears

There are all sorts of things people point to as the sure signs of spring. I don’t know how reliable they are, but I ...

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Johnny Vardeman: 68 years with cerebral palsy, he inspires others

Johnny Vardeman: 68 years with cerebral palsy, he inspires others

The best 10 years of his life were spent working at the Dixie-Hunt Hotel, 68-year-old Clint Strother of Gainesville says.

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