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6th Annual Photo Contest WINNER

We received so many wonderful entries this year! We are positive your summer was spent traveling to some new and familiar places.  There's no doubt many special long-lasting memories were made.  Thank you to those who entered - for sharing those...

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The Editor's Pen ~ Judy Garrison

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that...

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Rollin' On Up - FOOD TRUCK HEAVEN

Cross pollinate backyard grilling, local mom and pop country cafes, soul food and esoteric ethnic with high-end restaurants, and you have a diverse assemblage of food trucks. With few rules, they have freedom to hunker down, cook and serve according...

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Home on the Range

Saddle up at Southern Cross Guest Ranch 

If you are a horse lover or are simply curious about them, you've come to the right place.  Southern Cross Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive vacation in an equestrian paradise. 

Dude ranches are popular...

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Over the Rainbow and Through the Woods ~ To the Story Shop we go...

A kids' wonderland of books and stories, downtown Monroe's The Story Shop brings children's literature to life with the Narnia Wardrobe, a Hobbit Hole and other three-dimensional adventures.  It's a one-of-a-kind paradise where youngsters find that...

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Unique & Boutique - Grayson

     In Grayson, they like to think of themselves as a unique boutique town set amidst a number of big-box cities. 

   This quaint town of 3,800 in southeast Gwinnett County has become a destination for those seeking the charms of small town life,...

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A county with it all ~ Oconee

Oconee County sits right next door to Athens-Clarke County, famously home of the University of Georgia. Throughout much of its history, the larger neighbor got most of the attention. That began to change when people, businesses, and even large...

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Q & A: Mayor Dave

From Chicago to a small town in Georgia, Dave Shearon followed the road that led him to a world outside of creative advertising to one of Southern hospitality.  As the co-owner of Ashford Manor in Watkinsville, he has now taken on a new role, that of...

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Chiggers, OH MY!

"What can I do about these chigger bites?"

"Do you know where you got 'em? Well, don't go there!"

Good advice from my friend Dac Crossley, one of the few chigger specialists still active in the United States. Now retired from the University of...

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A Snapshot in Time ~ Celebrating 200 years

History can be a guide to where you've been and where you may be going. Four counties in Northeast Georgia are taking a look at what their history has given during bicentennial celebrations in 2018.

The four - Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham and Walton -...

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