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Loran Smith

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LORAN SMITH: There is no such thing as too much Boston

FEATURES COLUMN: Even when temperatures plummet, Boston is an electric city

There’s something special about dining in the same establishment that served the likes of John F. Kennedy and Daniel Webster.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Assistant A.D. Dick Bestwick passionate about UGA basketball

For a man whose career was defined for the most part by football, Georgia assistant athletic director Dick Bestwick is a passionate basketball fan.

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LORAN SMITH: French journalist has clear perspective on JFK assassination

FEATURES COLUMN: Francios Pelou, who was at the scene, believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

Francios Pelou says an ABC newsman objected to initial plans to transport Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, causing police to change plans and making it easier for Jack Ruby to kill him.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Observations on the road

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about observations and conversations he has had while on the road at sports events.

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LORAN SMITH: Long live the queen

FEATURES COLUMN: University of Georgia homecoming queen modest and selfless

Anne Noland, a student immersed in University of Georgia and its athletics, skipped a football season to help the disadvantaged in Uganda.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Aaron Murray well-deserving of national honor

Few athletes anywhere have been more well-rounded than Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs’ gallant, gutsy and accomplished quarterback.

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LORAN SMITH: Still dreaming of a white Christmas

FEATURES COLUMN: The Christmas pre-season is like a tailgate party before the big game

Experiencing a white Christmas like the one Bing Crosby sang about is worthy of anyone’s bucket list.

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LORAN SMITH: Immigrants saga an inspiring story

FEATURES COLUMN: Pandel Savic grew up to be a successful businessman

Pandel’s story is a classic, learning a new language, settles in an ethnic neighborhood, and parlays education, hard work, and college football into a golden opportunity.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia’s comeback a special moment

The Bulldogs not only overcame a 20-0 deficit, but they did so with an injury-depleted roster.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry makes for memorable games

Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets renew rivalry today

In the old days when freshmen were not allowed to compete in varsity competition, the annual Thanksgiving Day battle between the Bullpups and Baby Jackets often were classic thrillers.

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LORAN SMITH: Finally, a guide to all things Southern … almost, anyway

FEATURES COLUMN: Garden and Gun magazine has hit the target by growing a guide to living the Southern good life

“The Southerner’s Handbook” is a comprehasive read on the good things about living in the South.

LORAN SMITH: Raise a glass to being late for work

FEATURES COLUMN: A dry Tennessee county makes world-class Jack Daniels whiskey

Lynchburg has no liquor stores or sales outlets for its most famous export — Jack Daniels whiskey.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Former Falcons coach recovering from broken neck

Marion Campbell is enjoying life after a near-fatal fall

Known as the “Swamp Fox,” former Georgia player and Falcons coach Marion Campbell is on the road to recovery after breaking his neck from a fall at his home.

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LORAN SMITH: Bartram Gardens a Philly secret treasure

The Bartram Gardens, located at 54th Street and Lindberg Boulevard, have been called Philadelphia’s best-kept secret.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Victory vs. Florida breathed new life into UGA’s season

With Todd Gurley’s return and the defensive improvement, Georgia’s season has an opportunity to end on an upbeat note.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Ohio State a reminder of Big Ten’s glory days

With Georgia off last weekend, Herald guest columnist Loran Smith took in the Ohio State-Penn State game, which reminded him of the days when the Big Ten dominated the college football scene.

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LORAN SMITH: Heartbreak impossible to capture on canvas

Features column: Sam Mitchell left coaching for business, sparking a love for art in his wife, Lana.

Lana Mitchell took up painting 17 years ago, working to succeed by getting better each day.

SMITH: Pace of life slows down in Cashiers

Features column

The facts about Cashiers, N.C., include that this rustic mountain settlement is a census-designated place, an unincorporated village with a population of 157. Folks here aim to keep it that way.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: There’s something extraordinary about Lee Roy Jordan

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Lee Roy Jordan, the Alabama All-American who became a Dallas Cowboy hero in the Tom Landry era.

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SMITH: Georgia breaking out fall colors

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October is here and so is the anticipation of the turning of the leaves. It is the fall which is perhaps the most comforting time of the year. Although the blooms of spring are spectacular, the side effects of pollen season are often too much to manage.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: UGA’s Lynch making the most of his time in Athens

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch, who is making quite an impact on the Bulldogs this season.

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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.