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KEVIN SPROUL: Managing the Dougherty County Jail after hours

SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Watch commanders and their assistants shoulder a great deal of responsibility

With 15 housing units and a capacity to hold more than 1,200 inmates, managing the Dougherty County Jail is a big resposnibility.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: The amazing river birch

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

While its native habitat is a wet, lower environment, the river birch will grow on higher elevations. Its bark is very distinctive, thus making it a favored ornamental tree for landscape uses.

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JULIE WELLS: Raisin apple oatmeal a quick, hearty breakfast for school days

THE RECIPE BOX: Raisin Apple Oatmeal

I can’t recall too many times in my life that I’d walk into the pantry at my grandparents house and didn’t see a box of Quaker Oats Oatmeal.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at sisters | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: The first Sunday in August is National Sisters Day!

Our roots say we are sisters, our hearts say we are friends. (author unknown)

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MANDY FLYNN: Oh, those heavenly aromas

FEATURES COLUMNIST: What does heaven smell like?

From Fruit Loops to corn dogs to leather, everyone has a different idea of that heaven will smell like.

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LORAN SMITH: Margraten keeps memory of WWII servicemen alive

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Even if we don't, the Dutch remember

When it comes to the history of World War II, any curious advocate of the war’s enduring history comes away more humbled than when he arrived.

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BARRY LEVINE: One quick quiz before school starts

OLD ROCKER: Check your knowledge of No. hits in the 1050s

The Isley Brothers recorded their second single, “Shout,” on July 29, 1959. The song did not achieve great chart success, but would sell more than 1 million copies and became a rock classic.

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MANDY FLYNN: You can't miss what you don't know

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Insomnia leads you to the strangest places

For millenia, residents of an isolated island have held the world at bay.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at Disneyland | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: Walt Disney's theme park, Disneyland, opened in July 1955.

Walt Disney was inspired to create a theme park while watching his daughters ride a merry-go-round.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Seven habits of highly fit people

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Excellence is a habit, not an act

Adopt these seven habits of fit people to realize your individual goals of a healthier body.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Signs that summer's reached the church pews

OPINION: Vacations and other distractions are felt on Sunday mornings

There are certain things that inevitably happen in the religious community when the hottest part of summer comes.

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RONDA RICH: Hollywood gets it wrong again

THE DIXIE DIVA: Georgia geography eludes Hollywood script writers

The problem here, which I realized as soon as I was able to prove to myself that I was right about the Savannah River, is that we television viewers and movie goers tend to think that Hollywood, with all its money and means, gets its facts straight.

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JULIE WELLS: Top banana bread bars with icing for a moist, sweet treat

THE RECIPE BOX: Banana Bread Bars

Banana bread is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. No matter to me if it is sliced, shaped like a muffin or baked into the form of squares, there aren’t too many things that says comfort food like a good banana bread recipe.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Century plants have their day in the sun

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

As you travel about the streets and highways throughout the area, there is a plant that will catch your attention — the century plant in bloom.

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BARRY LEVINE: Songs set the moods on the silver screen

THE OLD ROCKER: Tunes in films make them more memorable

From “West Side Story”and “My Fair Lady” to “Grease” and “Ghost,” big screen entertainment wouldn’t be the same without a memorable soundtrack.