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LORAN SMITH: Two hours of heaven on the Chattahoochee

FEATURES COLUMN: The Georgia mountains is a place you cannot get to too often

Outside the bedroom window when bedtime came about, you could hear the waters of the Chattahoochee crashing by. If you can’t sleep soundly after all that, you need to visit a sleep specialist.

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Theron Sapp was over-achiever for UGA

Little-known player became big star for the Bulldogs

While Theron Sapp played on weak teams in the fifties, he achieved fame as the back, who scored the only touchdown in the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in 1957 .

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LORAN SMITH: South Dakota trip already on my 2015 calendar

FEATURES COLUMN: There is nothing like hunting pheasant in South Dakota

For years, I have been hunting pheasant with a friend, Homer Harding, who is as hearty as the pheasant. He is still hunting at age 89.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Former governor Carl Sanders did a lot for UGA

Former governor and football letterman died Sunday

As governor, Carl Sanders was always looking out for his university whenever he had the opportunity.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Auburn-Georgia still the oldest rivalry in Deep South

First game was played on January 30, 1892

Football would later become a ritual on the fall calendar, affiliating with the harvest season, the turning of the leaves and the cooler temperatures.

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LORAN SMITH: South Dakota land of fond memories

FEATURES COLUMN: South Dakota is a wonderful place, but not easy to get to

For years, schedule permitting, I have been coming to South Dakota to pheasant hunt in the most pleasant of circumstances.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Another big SEC challenge at Kentucky

Georgia Bulldogs reeling after loss to Florida

The Kentucky Wildcats have expanded their recruiting base under Mark Stoops, moving into the neighboring states, particularly Ohio, and coaxing kids to come play in the best league in football—the Southeastern Conference.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: UGA's Kosta Vavlas a classic student-athlete

Kosta Vavlas' personality goes beyond his Greek heritage

For those who follow Georgia football, Kosta Vavlas is best known for the peculiar sound of his name on the public address system and his kamikaze style of play on all four of Georgia’s special teams: kickoff, kickoff return, punt return, and punt block.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Lineman is running back’s best friend

David Andrews opens plenty of holes for running back Todd Gurley

If you look for David Andrews on campus, he’ll like be in his truck beside his German shepherd, Kimber. A dog is a man’s best friend, just like a lineman is a running back’s best friend.

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LORAN SMITH: Georgian Doc Holliday memorialized in Colorado | QUIK QUIZ

FEATURE COLUMN: The Western legend died a pauper, stricken by TB, in Arizona at age 36

The Old West and the legend it spawned may or may not be true, but a reader can be spellbound over the tales of Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Big Nose kate and the rest.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Tennessee a team to reckon with

Bulldogs have had many battles with Volunteers

Some believe the Georgia-Tennessee rivalry could swing the other way

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Backfield yearlings will help UGA

Sony Michel and IsaiahMckenzie have been strong for Bulldogs

When Sony Michel, who everybody figured would enroll at Miami, arrived on campus, he showed up with Isaiah McKenzie, the sort of bonus that is akin to winning the daily double.

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LORAN SMITH: Thankful to be a morning person

FEATURES COLUMN: You miss a lot of life when you sleep in

The most pleasant thing about the early morning is that you don’t have to fight any traffic, although the interstates seem to be more crowded than ever with eighteen wheelers.

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Peyton Manning still fun to watch

Few superstars have a hold on their city like Peyton Manning does

If only the Denber Bronco defense can limit opponent scoring to match Peyton Manning’s skillful efforts, the Broncos may well return to the Super Bowl.

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LORAN SMITH: Cecelia Seiler was the ultimate host

FEATURES COLUMN: The Ugas, if they could talk, would sing Cecelias praises

There is no Hall of Fame for “mothers of mascots,” but if there were, Cecelia would have been a charter member.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Westover’s Kenneth Towns making a name at Georgia

Walk-on wants to successful in classroom and on the field

One of the reasons for Kenneth Towns’ timely progression on the field has been his due diligence with his playbook, as he has applied the same studious approach to his football playbook as he does his textbooks.

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LORAN SMITH: Necessity is the mother of re-invention

FEATURES COLUMN: Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket has adapted to change

Life on this cozy island, which was once the whaling capital of the world, is like a sumptuous smorgasbord that leaves you flummoxed over the choices you have.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Dan Magill: Greatest & Grandest Bulldog ever

Bulldog legend passed away overnight on Sunday

Dan Magill had a 60-year association with Georgia, working in three main capacities for the athletic department butut his unofficial job was as resident historian.

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LORAN SMITH: Spirits lifted across the Atlantic

FEATURES COLUMN: There is reason for optimism with the younger generation

It is best to bend an elbow with the younger generation who remind us that the world is not yet going to hell in a hand basket.

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LORAN SMITH: What if the Babe had stayed in Boston?

FEATURES COLUMN: Radio linked fans to the big leagues

Before the Braves left Milwaukee, which was as eager to embrace them when they arrived from Boston as Atlanta would be 13 years later, Southerners, with a bent for baseball, had to adopt a big league team.

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LORAN SMITH: Ezzards and McMullans know how to treat people

FEATURES COLUMN: Love laughter and charm enhance conversation

The rest of the story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards has to do with tootin’ the horn of vineyard founders John and Martha Ezzard and their partners John and Marilyn McMullan.

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LORAN SMITH: Tiger Mountain Vineyards offers smorgasbord of hospitality

FEATURES COLUMN: No better service than at Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Just seven tenths of a mile north of this town of 316 residents and no traffic light, you blissfully arrive at Tiger Mountain Vineyards.

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LORAN SMITH: Still time for Bubba to be great

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith, who is in Hoylake, England this week at the British Open Championship, writes about Bubba Watson’s chances of becoming a golfing legend.

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LORAN SMITH: UGA chapel sacred place for life’s best moments

The University of Georgia’s chapel, offers an atmosphere to make a wedding that will leave you with elevated emotions.

Where better for a ceremony, garnished with originality, to be hosted and embraced than in the University of Georgia’s chapel.

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LORAN SMITH: British Open full of charm, tradition

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith, who is in Hoylake, England this week at the British Open Championship, writes about the tradition of one of Britain’s most revered golf courses.

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LORAN SMITH: British Open returns to scenic Hoylake

Summertime is a royal time for the British

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith, who is in Hoylake, England this week at the British Open Championship, writes about the atmosphere surrounding yet another major sporting event this summer in England.

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LORAN SMITH: Charleston a charm of the South

Once you visit Charleston, you’ll never want to leave.

If you don’t like Charleston, Charleston will forgive you — because it knows you don’t know any better.

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LORAN SMITH: Legendary pitcher Gaylord Perry one of baseball's finest

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry and his legendary career.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Remembering Hokey Jackson

Hokey Jackson was a raconteur and colorful character, who was cagey and clever, and his stories could have filled a book.

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LORAN SMITH: Georgia connections found everywhere you look

Not many Georgians know about Joanna Troutman and why Texas became so proud of her.

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LORAN SMITH: The last fishing outing ... until next time

FEATURES COLUMN: As the temperatures climb, trout swim for cooler waters

As I stood in the Chattahoochee, water circulating refreshingly around my knees, several nice trout gained their freedom as I was daydreaming about October.

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LORAN SMITH: Pinehurst success a product of Donald Ross

Pinehurst, site of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Open, has notable charm and appeal, much of it having to do with the legend of Donald Ross, the Scottish-born golf architect whose credentials were such that he was in constant demand when it came to designing golf courses.

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LORAN SMITH: Garden & Gun magazine a Southern treasure

Long live Old South commerce and neighborly habits!

If you subscribe to Garden & Gun you get the satisfaction of knowing you are likely to enjoy the same emotional benefits of a million others.

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LORAN SMITH: Martin Kaymer in rare company with U.S. Open rout

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer’s dominating performance at Pinehurst over the weekend.

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LORAN SMITH: Visit to fallen heroes’ graves helps remember the past

WWII cemetaries hold many memories

Seventy years ago this week, we had survived the Normandy invasion, principally Omaha Beach.

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LORAN SMITH: U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst

The U.S. open is back at Pinehurst for the third time, and Herald guest columnist Loran Smith previews a course that is expected to be very difficult this weekend.

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Lester making a name in Boston

A few more years in Fenway and a couple of more World Series opportunities, chances are that Jon Lester will become the best lefty ever to wear a Red Sox uniform.

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LORAN SMITH: A&E Grill offers good food, atmosphere, and memories

LORAN SMITH: A great hamburger can put fried chicken in its place

A&E Grill offers great food, atmosphere, and memories.

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LORAN SMITH: Clisby Clarke gave us a lot to cheer about

We are sad today, but happily recall the countless days when Clisby made our day.

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LORAN SMITH: Mack Brown in unfamiliar territory without coaching job

Longtime coach Mack Brown resigned from Texas in December

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about longtime college football coach Mack Brown, who is without a head coaching job for the first time in his career after resigning from Texas in December.

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Magill made UGA tennis major sport

No coach ever supported and stood up more for his team than Dan Magill.

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LORAN SMITH: Costa was Georgia’s first elite place kicker

Leo Costa scored in every game he played for the Bulldogs

Leo Costa, who died this week at the age of 92, was Georgia’s first elite place kicker, one who scored a point in the Rose Bowl which enabled him to be remembered for scoring in every game he played in for three years.

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LORAN SMITH: Russia quite different than most might think

My guess is that she would be a good neighbor, mainly because she would leave you alone.

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LORAN SMITH: Trip to Zimbabwe full of memories

The majesty and mystique of Victoria Falls, which are known as the “Smoke that Thunders,” are unparalleled.

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LORAN SMITH: UGA hopes to use series win vs. S. Carolina as turning point

Lee County grad Daniel Nichols helped the Bulldogs beat South Carolina

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the Georgia baseball team, which defeated South Carolina over the weekend thanks to a Daniel Nichols grand slam.

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LORAN SMITH: Sunday drive an intoxicating leisure

FEATURES COLUMN: Nothing is as relaxing as a no-hurry drive on a Sunday morning

In the space of a couple of hours, a motorist can pass through quite a bit of Georgia’s history.

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LORAN SMITH: Racehorse Davis an icon of Georgia football

Racehorse Davis was one of the most brilliant athletic performers in the history of the University of Georgia

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Racehorse Davis, a former Georgia football player from the 1940s who was one of the Bulldogs’ finest athletes in history.

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LORAN SMITH: Paul Herring, a real Greatest Generation hero

At 94, Paul Herring, has very few memory lapses.

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LORAN SMITH: The good life comes at a cost

We are losing farms in this country, which essentially means that the small farmer will soon be extinct.

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LORAN SMITH: Bubba worthy of second green jacket

Bubba Watson’s Masters victory was sentimental

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Bubba Watson’s second Masters championship.

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