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LORAN SMITH: Georgia Sports Hall of Fame showcases latest inductees

Eight new inductees go into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The latest class inducted last weekend includes Bill Fulcher, Alec Kessler, Willie McClendon, John Schuerholz, Reg Murphy, Bobby Hendley, Hope Spivey and Charlie Ward.

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LORAN SMITH: It's even harder to lose a teammate

Bobby Towns was a good friend and teammate

Bobby Towns was a model citizen, quiet and contributing behind the scenes.

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LORAN SMITH: Contour bottle still best fit for a Coke

FEATURES COLUMN: If you date back, you likely are an aficionado of the contour bottle

The contour Coca-Cola bottle is as recognizable as a church steeple.

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LORAN SMITH: UGA’s J.J. Frazier confident but not arrogant

Everybody is taller than J.J. Frazier but the southpaw guard has been key for Georgia

J. J. Frazier is the little man on campus with the heart of a lion—one who will never have to be humbled down, and one who will never forget where he came from.

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LORAN SMITH: No one rested easy at Iwo Jima

FEATURES COLUMN: The battle showed what the U.S. would face if it invaded Japan

The Allies had the upper hand, but the Japanese mentality had the U.S war department concerned about the casualties that would result from invading the Japanese homeland.

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LORAN SMITH: Steve Greer in UGA's Circle of Honor

SPORTS VIEW: Former South Carolinian was one of the best of his time

Steve Greer’s remarkable quickness led him to All-America honors and two SEC championship rings — 1966 and 1968 — although he missed the ’66 season with knee surgery.

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LORAN SMITH: The Samuels family has made its mark with Maker's Mark

FEATURES COLUMN: The Samuels family has been making bourbon for 2 1/2 centuries in Kentucky

The history of Maker’s Mark , one of nine distilleries on Kentucky’s popular “Bourbon Trail,” brings about the awareness that as old as this operation is (nearly 250 years), Maker’s Mark still defines itself as producing a product that has the elements of being “homemade.”

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LORAN SMITH: Former quarterback Fran Tarkenton still a busy man

Hall of Fame quarterback still busy at 75

Fran Tarkenton wanted to be more than a football player.

LORAN SMITH: Better technology gives us worse behavior

FEATURES COLUMN: I came into possession of my first iPhone about two years ago

Sometimes, gadgets that are brand-spanking new bring a lift to your day, giving you that buying-a-new-car feeling. With technology, however, it is a double-edged sword.

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LORAN SMITH: Reminiscing with John Donaldson and Len Hauss in Jesup

Both players became Georgia Bulldog heroes

John Donaldson spent 11 years coaching at Florida and Georgia before returning home to finish his career where it all started, while Len Hauss left Athens for a 14-year career with the Washington Redskins, where he became an All-Pro center for a team that featured two of the best quarterbacks in the game—Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer.

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LORAN SMITH: Books, booze and blaze cure what ails you

FEATURE COLUMN: Sinus infections just have to be worn off

Nothing cures what ails you like reading some good books by a warm winter fire. And a bottle of scotch helps, too.

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LORAN SMITH: Coaches must be willing to help young men

It’s not always about money

Young coaches may be drawn to the big bucks of the profession, but they must always identify with the time honored coaching legacy of “helping young men.”

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LORAN SMITH: UGA Gymnastics coach wants to be on top

Gym Dogs coach making progress

In one year in Athens, Danna Durante made headlining progress—coaching Georgia to the NCAA Super Six for the first time since 2009.

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LORAN SMITH: Crystal Bridges captures beauty of the Ozarks

FEATURES COLUMN: Crystal River is an example of the generosity of the Sam Walton family

Crystal Bridges embodies the spirit and the vision of Sam Walton, who saw beauty in the Ozarks that surrounded his community, where he was widely known for driving a pickup truck, accompanied by his birddogs.

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LORAN SMITH: UGA going to miss Mike Bobo

Georgia offensive coordinator left to take head football coaching job at Colorado State

In my experience with the University of Georgia, I have never known a more under-appreciated coach.

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LORAN SMITH: An address book reveals a full life

FEATURES COLUMN: Technology is making Christmas communications impersonal

A letter from an Ellijay resident is a reminder of the importance of keeping the holidays personal.

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LORAN SMITH:Mike Bobo’s 1998 Outback Bowl performance still one of best bowl memories

Bobo completed 26 of 28 passes, including 19 consecutively, for 267 yards and one touchdown.

Georgia has its share of bowl memories that rank among the best.

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LORAN SMITH: Good things do happen to good people

Former Atlanta Falcons coach Marion Campbell has had three miracles

After breaking neck, former Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Falcons’ coach Marion Campbell is fully healed.

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LORAN SMITH: Food for thought from New York City

OPINION: Family took advantage of opportunities, not handouts

You only have to learn the story of Myra and Mel Bauta to be reminded once again that you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you underscore the work ethic and make do — never asking for help, only opportunity.

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LORAN SMITH: Tereshinski family leaves legacy at Georgia

Tereshinski’s leave positive impact

With the retirement of Joe Tereshinski, Jr., this means that for the first time in 40 years, there will not be a Tereshinski affiliated with Georgia football when the Bulldogs kick off the season in 2015.

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LORAN SMITH: A home-cooked meal soothes the soul during the holidays

FEATURES COLUMN: There always has been a warm affection for home-cooked meals

Usually the most memorable meals are those when you enjoy a good time. The setting and the atmosphere enhance the meal.

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LORAN SMITH: High school football still big deal

OPINION: In high school, coaches are more than coaches and kids play for fun -- for the most part

Some prep players have their eye on college scholarships and ultimately the National Football League, but the bulk of the participants enjoy being part of a team and play the game for community pride.

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LORAN SMITH: Wildrose Kennels a top breeder of bird dogs

FEATURES COLUMN: Mike Stewart is the William Faulkner of bird dog trainers and breeders

Dog aficionados in Europe — and especially in the United Kingdom, where it all began — not only know about Wildrose, they have found their way to County Road 425 to observe “The Wildrose Way, Raising a Gentleman’s Gundog for Home and Field.”

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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.