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Loran Smith

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SMITH: College towns have style -- and cuisine -- all their own

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One of the great features of most college campuses is that they are located in small towns. All across America, you can find a gem of a place of matriculation nestled into a scenic location. Sometimes rustic. Always charming and invigorating.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Bulldogs’ latest victory too costly

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about a Georgia win on Saturday, when two starters — including Camilla native Justin Scott-Wesley — suffered season-ending injuries.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Larry, you missed a great one

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes a letter to long-time Georgia play-by-play announcer, who died in 2011 but would have been proud of the Bulldogs’ win against LSU on Saturday.

SMITH: Douglas man has important link with U.S. history

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Although cemeteries are often a vital resource for history, there probably are not many people who come this way to visit the gravesite of John S. Gibson, a onetime member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Not even residents of Coffee County.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: UGA’s Drew talented in more than just football

Thomasville native and starting UGA linebacker Ray Drew might one day play in the NFL, but if not he has several other interests he can fall back on.

SMITH: Great stories just waiting to be written

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It was an autumnal social (the leaves on the small hardwood in my backyard are emerging from green to rust, so fall is here) of old friends where food and drink were just right and stories were being told without restraint. Unbridled. Everybody had one or two, which led to four or six or eight or more.

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SMITH: Storing for winter a lost thought

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We see the squirrels scampering about all spring and summer. We know what they are dong, but we look askance without a thought of what they are up to. Who in these times thinks about the importance of putting up for winter?

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Careful with that ‘run the table’ talk

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith dissects what Georgia’s win against South Carolina last Saturday means for the rest of the season.

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SMITH: Random tidbits can be very interesting

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Cleaning out old files sometimes can be serendipitous.

SMITH: Prague has stimulating environment

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – A number of options are available to find your way here once arriving in Europe. Air travel—there are multiple connections from anywhere. You can also get here by car, of course. However, the best way, based on a recent experience, is to fly to Berlin and take the train. In late afternoon.

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SMITH: Memorials stand as grim reminder of history

The emotionally crushing and depressing story of the history of the village of Lidice in the Czech Republic remains a reminder of Nazi brutality and inhumanity. However, it is also a testimony to the fact that, no matter the atrocities of one man or one regime, their heinous and cruel crimes cannot snuff out the resiliency and will of the people forever.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Mike Bobo — the most underappreciated Bulldog coach ever?

Former UGA sidelines reporter and current Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who might just be the most underappreciated Georgia coach ever.

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SMITH: Glimpse into the past is fascinating

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In the days of the Berlin Wall — that unforgettable symbol of Communist absolutism — the dateline for anything coming out of this city of 159,456, which rests in the middle 20 lakes and rivers, would have required that you link Potsdam with East Germany.

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UGA’s Grantham student of the game

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at the bang-up job Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is doing to prepare for the Bulldogs for the 2013 season, especially their opener against Clemson.

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Oxford students expect to learn

The University of Georgia has an enviable presence in this ancient and exclusive seat of learning and has for over 25 years. You can easily find the UGA compound on Banbury Road by looking for the stone cottage with the bright red door.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Albany’s White a legend in club making

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Albany native Don White, who has become one of the most sought-after golf club manufactures in the world.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Stadium a reminder of legendary UGA hurdler Towns

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith former Georgia star hurdler Spec Towns, who was a one-time world record holder and eventual head coach of the UGA track & field program.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Mickelson masters wind for improbable British Open victory

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Sunday at the British Open, which Phil Mickelson took by storm to win his first Claret Jug.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: As British grinds to finish, time to explore Gullane

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith begins to wind down his time in Scotland with a tour of the town Gullane that's playing host to this year's British Open.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Thomasville's English one of three Bulldogs staying alive at British Open

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith continues his coverage of the 2013 British Open in Scotland by catching up with Thomasville's Harris English, who was one of three former Bulldogs to make the cut Friday.

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Did Aaron Burr sleep here?

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Not sure how many travelers passing through this quiet Washington County settlement on Georgia Highway 15 ever take the time to stop and see the Warthen community’s signature attraction — a nondescript wooden structure that Warthen claims to be the state’s oldest jail.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: ‘Bubba Golf’ just as fun to watch in Scotland

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia golfer Bubba Watson, who is in the hunt after the opening round of the British Open.

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Is there something in the water at Pittsburgh?

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This is one of my favorite cities with its admixture of cultures and peoples, highlighted by energy and vibrancy, an old-world work ethic, unparalleled passion for its sports teams, and not one but three rivers, which define the city’s landscape and its image.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Doesn’t get much better than Muirfield

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is across the pond in Scotland all week covering the British Open, looks back at the rich history of the legendary Muirfield course.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Historic British Open returns to Scotland

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the seasoned, weathered and charming British Open, which starts Thursday at Muirfield.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Ex-UGA star LB Jones fitting in with Steelers

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who is beginning his NFL career with the Steelers.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Ex-Tech coach McWhorter abandons retirement for job at Penn St.

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia Tech coach and Atlanta native Mac McWhorter, who is now an assistant coach at Penn State.

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College grads today face tougher odds

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If you monitor the news, you are aware that these are not the best of times for many college graduates. Not for everyone, however. While earning a college degree greatly improves job prospects, an average of 8.8 percent of college graduates are unemployed. The figure is worse for high school graduates who do not plan to enroll in college. Almost a third in that category are looking for work. If there is no work for teenagers, what can we expect them to do? The answer does not make your day.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Do you know the Joe Tereshinski story?

The Bulldogs lost a legend recently when Polish immigrant and former UGA great Joe Tereshinski -- whose son also played in Athens --- passed away, leaving behind an amazing story of how his family found its way to America.

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Barefoot caddies need not apply

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CEDARTOWN — This town of nearly 10,000, the seat of Polk County, was once Indian country. That could be said about many places in Georgia.

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Southern Soul puts soul in barbecue

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND — Returning to this island, named for the apostle, who was a fisherman, is like going back to homecoming.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Mickelson’s time is running out

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Phil Mickelson’s collapse at the U.S. Open and how Lefty’s clock is ticking in his quest to win golf’s second major.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Finesse — not power — is key at this year’s U.S. Open

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the importance of the short game -- especially this week at Merion Golf Course.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Former UGA golfers fighting way through ‘Little Merion’

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the former University of Georgia golfers who are teeing it up in this weekend's U.S. Open.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Merion a sight to see — but tough as nails

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be stationed in Ardmore, Pa., all week covering the U.S. Open, breaks down the famed Merion course the players will have to battle this week to win golf's second major of the year.

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LaGrange retains its allure and appeal

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Coming here allows for a respite at Lafayette Square, which brings one to conclude that LaGrange can lay claim to having the prettiest town square in Georgia-one that has history, tradition and beauty. Lafayette Square is downright becoming.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Near anniversary of his death, hard not to think about baseball great Paige

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith looks back on a decades-old interview he had with baseball great Satchel Paige, who died 31 years ago this week.

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Selfless attitude set Admiral Nimitz apart

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FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — This community of 10,643 with an old-world German heritage represents what immigration should be all about.

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Fredericksburg makes you feel at home

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The founding of Fredericksburg, Texas, came about in 1846 owing to German influence, and you may still hear Texas German-a dialect spoken by the original settlers — in the streets.

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Bum Phillips finds peace on his Texas ranch

Not far from Goliad, Texas, a town of nearly 2,000, is the cutting horse ranch of Bum Phillips, the colorful National Football League coach who is remembered, among other things, for his wearing of cowboy boots on the sideline and for his wide-brimmed Stetson, except for games played indoors.

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The hot dog, oh what a treat

You won’t find any health food advocates suggesting that you eat more hot dogs. In fact the advice you will get from those who know best is to stay away from them.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Scott finally ends Aussie’s Masters curse

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on just how special Adam Scott's Masters was to the game of golf --- and the nation of Australia.

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Paper, fire, coffee ... a perfect morning

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We are about to leave the chill of winter’s hangover — not with regrets, but with anticipation of spring’s sunshine and balmy temperatures, which will offer more opportunity for outdoor recreation.

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MASTERS COLUMN: Masters fans unlike any others

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is covering The Masters all this week, takes a closer look at the fans who flock from all over the world to Augusta this time of the year.

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MASTERS COLUMN: The legend of Ben Hogan will never be forgotten

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is in Augusta all week at the Masters, takes a look back at former champ Ben Hogan's mastery.

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MASTERS COLUMN: Hard to forget Masters win by Georgia’s own Tommy Aaron

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is spending all week at the Masters, looks back on the thrilling win by Georgia's own Tommy Aaron 40 years ago.

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MASTERS COLUMN: Some things about the Masters I hope never change

Herald Guest Columnist, who will join Herald writer John Millikan at The Masters this week, looks back on some of the more memorable moments in Masters history, while hoping the things that helped create those moments never change.

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Spring training an annual pilgrimage

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If you are a baseball player, you get to wear your uniform all your life. When he quit managing the Dodgers, you still would see Tommy Lasorda in his familiar No. 2 at Vero Beach every spring-before the Dodgers lit out for Glendale, Ariz., jilting a community which had supported the team and provided limitless incentives for decades.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Masters week brings tradition, memories

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the Masters golf tournament, which begins Thursday and brings a sense of nostalgia to Augusta.

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Russ up for the job as Uga IX

With spring’s refreshing atmosphere — accented by soothing breezes and the fragrance of colorful blooms — gaining momentum, Russ, the Georgia mascot, is enjoying the outdoors on East 58th Street, where he lives in Savannah.