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Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville’s business districts over the years, you can’t keep track of them.

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Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

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Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

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Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville’s first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.

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Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

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Where some names originate in North Georgia

A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day — Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.

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You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

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