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Loran Smith

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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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LORAN SMITH: Zoeller reflects on ‘79 Masters victory

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Fuzzy Zoeller’s 1979 championship at the Masters.

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LORAN SMITH: Palmer, Nicklaus and Player always have a home at Augusta National

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player usher in the 2014 Masters

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player started the 2014 Masters on Thursday with their annual morning drives from the No. 1 tee, and Herald guest columnist Loran Smith was there to soak in the atmosphere at Augusta National.

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LORAN SMITH: Augusta National is a place to reconnect with old friends

Loran Smith writes about his conversation with Verne Lundquist and Bill Griffin

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith meets up with old friends at Augusta National, including CBS announcer Verne Lundquist.

LORAN SMITH: A spring ball game is the perfect tonic

FEATURES COLUMN: For a Southern boy, Saturday baseball games on the radio was the highlight of the week

For a country boy in the South, Major League Baseball parks were magical places that could only be dreamed about.

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LORAN SMITH: The days of Nicklaus were Augusta National’s finest

Jack Nicklaus still plays Augusta National as a member

Golf fans could count on Jack Nicklaus making a run for the title at the Masters and bringing about stimulating drama with superior shot making. Now all we have are the memories.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia native Wainwright eager for another World Series ring

Adam Wainwright has two World Series rings and two Gold Glove awards

Pitcher Adam Wainwright, a native of Brunswick, is looking to lead the Cardinals to another World Series this season after Boston beat St. Louis in last year’s series.

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LORAN SMITH: Louis Jordan, a classic work of art

FEATURES COLUMN: Louise Jordan is the only Bulldog fan who can claim to have attended the dedication of Sanford Stadium

At 101, the sparking, charming Louis Jordan can talk about any subject, from the day’s headlines to the prospects of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves.

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LORAN SMITH: Maybe Lewis has forgiven me by now

FEATURES COLUMN: Getting legendary columnist Lewis Grizzard his first newspaper job became a funny story later

We often make heaven out to be what we want it to be. I’m no different. I can see my old teammate Charlie Harris and Lewis Grizzard, who died 20 years ago, in conversation on a cloud about the forthcoming football season.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Wood's rise from Georgia to the Atlanta Braves has been impressive

Alex Wood was drafted by the Braves out of Georgia in 2012

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about young Braves pitcher and former Georgia star Alex Wood, who has had an impressive spring.

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LORAN SMITH: Good times were had out on the Chattahoochee

The Chattahoochee and its environs will always be alluring.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: It’s been good for former UGA standout Westbrook

Former Georgia pitcher won 105 games with three Major League clubs

After busy professional career, Jake Westbrook is enjoying the quiet life.

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LORAN SMITH: Saltine crackers go with everything

Saltine crackers go with everything, no matter where you are.

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LORAN SMITH: Some heroes never get recognized

FEATURES COLUMN: Felix is now a hero of major status among Billy’s friends.

Billy Bryant is not likely to experience nine lives, but he will be forever grateful to Felix for extending the one he enjoys today.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Late UGA lineman David Rholetter deserves appreciation

Rholetter was a key OL for the Bulldogs from 1966-68

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia offensive lineman David Rholetter, who died recently and left behind a legacy that many haven’t heard of.