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Editor’s note: Ryan Miller is a 2017 graduate and former valedictorian of Apalachee High School. He earned bachelor degrees in chemistry and history and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in December 2020 and graduated summa cum laude with a master of public administrat…

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When we talk about maintaining democracy, perhaps that sounds pretty vague. But I think about it simply: can we decide on power peacefully?

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When George W. Bush stood on the rubble of the World Trade Center with a bullhorn declaring that we would get whoever attacked us, emotion ruled. And how could it not? It was a time of intense shock, sorrow and anger.

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Editor’s note: Ryan Miller is a 2017 graduate and former valedictorian of Apalachee High School. He earned bachelor degrees in chemistry and history and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in December 2020 and graduated summa cum laude with a master of public administrat…

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My husband and I are both storytellers. This is how we make a living and we consider ourselves blessed that people buy our words.

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I’m excruciatingly tired of two things right now: covid and our political divide.

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The third wave of COVID came and went in early 2021. With the advent of highly effective vaccines, we all hoped COVID would be contained for good. Everyone wanted life to go back to normal. Much of Georgia’s populace attempted to do so, but enough people have not yet gotten a vaccine that we…

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Editor’s note: Ryan Miller is a 2017 graduate and former valedictorian of Apalachee High School. He earned bachelor degrees in chemistry and history and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in December 2020 and graduated summa cum laude with a master of public administrat…

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I remember how the new millennium felt like some mountain range far way, like something that was on the horizon but would take forever to reach. Then, as it approached, there was the Y2K anxiety that was pushed on us, that impending collapse of our computer systems, which never materialized.

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I remember being really little and having an angelfish in an aquarium by my bed. Then it died. I wasn’t attached to the fish, which we buried by a tall tree in the back yard, but I remember a real sadness that I couldn’t articulate at the time except through tears, the realization that a thi…

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It’s been 25 years or so since I first stayed at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Proclaimed as the South’s Grand Hotel, I have since stayed a couple of dozen times, at least.

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From the moment that George Elliott stopped in for a bite at the Dawsonville Pool Room in the mid-1970s and told the joint’s owner, Gordon Pirkle, that the Elliott family was going to take a run at NASCAR, Pirkle was fully on board.

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It will likely take years to unpack the final days of the Trump presidency and understand the full weight of the Jan. 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol that sought to thwart our democratic process. But if we don’t take the necessary steps to do so, the risk of a future successful coup will be…

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Forget Superman or Aquaman. There are people in the world with a real-life superpower, those who basically don’t forget anything. It’s called “Hyperthymesia,” which is a condition that leads people to remember an abnormally large number of their life experiences in vivid detail. Only about 6…

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As an Extension agent, I see a lot of insects. People leave jars of them on my desk, send me photos, call me out to their gardens to identify them and give control recommendations.

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To halfway understand Gordon Pirkle — no one will ever fully understand any mountain man — you must first look at the rocky, dusty, thirsty ground that helped raised him.

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The worst kept secret the last 10 years and a fortnight or two was the un-retreating rumor that The Varsity in Athens would be closing, but nobody knew exactly when the curtain would fall.

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At the time, I was in way over my head. Pleasingly, though, I was oblivious to that so I just kept sputtering along, doing the best I could. And it was working.

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In a statement to the Barrow County Board of Education last week, Kenny Lumpkin — who the board ultimately selected over six other candidates to fill the vacant District 1 seat — said providing the children of the community a quality education should be “politics-free.”

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If you have never heard of skeletonization before and think that a red squiggly line should show up underneath it, you are not alone.

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Not all men make good fathers from the get go. Some have to learn it. For some, it takes a long time. For others, they never figure it out.