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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Bringing Sugar Boy Home

On Tuesday, July 31, they will be bringing the remains of Thomas Jefferson “Sugar Boy” Barksdale home to Macon. Barksdale was killed in Korea in December 1950. It took 60 years and a DNA to positively identify his remains. The simple wooden casket will arrive at the airport in Atlanta at 7 a.m. I will [...]

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100 and still going strong

Ethel Haralson used to pour tea at The Bear’s Den restaurant in Macon. She had to “retire” at age 92 after she broke her hip. Today she is 100 years old. She has had a long and interesting life. Happy birthday, Miss Ethel. Click here to read my column about her in the Telegraph.

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Today’s column in the Telegraph is about Ragan’s Park. It was before my time in Macon, but I know longtime Maconites who have many happy memories there. And Charlie and Lillian Ragan are two salt-of-the-earth people. So glad they lived to see this happen. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the park, which [...]

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Why Andy Griffith Mattered

My column on Andy Griffith from The (Macon) Telegraph from July 4, 2012. My five all-time favorite Andy Griffith episodes. 1. Man in a Hurry. 2 .Opie the Birdman 3. The Pickle Story. 4. Mr. McBeevee. 5. Rafe Hollister Sings.

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