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CREEDE HINSHAW: Easter service vitality is needed every Sunday

FAITH COLUMNIST: Hymns sung with spirit capture the joy of Easter

Lent’s 40 somber days are past; the cross is behind us; the tomb is empty; Christ is risen! Now sings my soul! Nothing is more stirring than a congregation of believers who sing with hearts full of faith and souls and voices lifted to heaven

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Easter lilies take center stage

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Tips for the home gardener

As we bid farewell to March and welcome April into our midst, we begin to focus on Easter and spring plants. In so doing, the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) takes center stage.

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LORAN SMITH: Marvin Griffin brought color to the governor's mansion

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Bainbridge native Marvin Griffin was a gifted storyteller

One of the most colorful of politicians in our history was the late Gov. Marvin Griffin, who was a raconteur nonpareil, as colorful as they come, as savvy as they come, and as unforgettable of a character who ever crossed your path.

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RONDA RICH: Being a proper Southerner takes some real work

THE DIXIE DIVA: Doing Southern 'right' can be a full-time job in itself

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time that it’s looking like I may have to give up my job just to act like Mama raised me and Daddy expected me to do.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: It's important to know your numbers

HEALTH FITNESS: There are important numbers you should be aware of

There are some numbers everyone should know about themselves, including weight, blood pressure, waist size, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar level.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at quotes about foolishness

HISTORY: April Fool’s Day and more

Many historians believe April Fool’s Day dates as far back as 1582.

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MANDY FLYNN: Memories of missing feet the cure for baby fever

FEATURES COLUMNIST: The real world dispels notions of another baby

I wanted a baby to cuddle and smell and love on … but I didn’t want to have a baby. Not at my age or my energy level. If I were to be pregnant at this day and time, it would make for some pretty good reality television, I have no doubt.

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HAL BRADY: Dealing with stress

FAITH COLUMNIST: Some tension or stress is normal and necessary

In addition to normal stress, there is a detrimental type that can be construed as “death warmed over” inducing. Dealing wirth that type of stress must be managed.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Spirituality hollow without religion

FAITH COLUMNIST: Organizational life is rarely easy or simple

Solitary spirituality quickly becomes self-serving and, eventually, vestigial. The church, even with its deficiencies and failings, inculcates faith and spirituality, serves others, stands in the breach, takes difficult, painful, courageous positions and dies to self for the sake of others.

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RONDA RICH: The heart remembers

THE DIXIE DIVA: When I was 6, the boy came to live with us

His father had been summoned to the jungles of Vietnam to serve another tour of duty in a war that didn’t affect the little boy and me. Or so we thought. His mother, blonde and beautiful, had disappeared into the sky one day, his baby brother in tow, returning to her native Germany.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Run All Night' has just enough gas

FILM COMMENTARY: Is Liam Neeson Slowing Down?

Neeson plays retired mob enforcer Jimmy “Gravedigger” Conlon, a man haunted by the faces of those he killed at the behest of former boss and best friend Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris).

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MARY GANZEL: Planning, hard work help create change

HEALTH & FITNESS: As weather warms, a healthier lifestyle becomes a consideration

Moving forward applies to anything in life. Moving forward requires changing the old ways and embracing the new ways. This means change has to happen.

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HAL BRADY: Throwing in the towel

FAITH COLUMNIST: Obstacles district from goals

We all know people who begin whatever they begin with a great burst of enthusiasm, but it doesn’t last. When obstacles appear or the going gets tough, these people tend to throw in the towel and quit.

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BARRY LEVINE: Hamilton's song a major hit 10 years later

THE OLD ROCKER: Leesburg, Dawson natives connected by special date

March 16 had a major impact on the careers of two major local rock ‘n’ roll stars.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at 100 years of Marches | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: In March 1922, the first radio station in the South began broadcasting from Atlanta from WSB-AM (Welcome South, Brother).

See what was in the news during March across the years.