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Loran Smith

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SMITH: Paul Herring, a real American hero

At 94, Paul Herring, forever a man in red and black where blue and orange colors dominate, has very few memory lapses. Events in his life 70 years ago are as clear and vivid as they were when his B-17 was shot down over Belgium in March of 1944.

SMITH: The sad disappearance of America’s small farms

We are losing farms in this country, which essentially means that the small farmer will soon be extinct. As the little farms disappear, the big farms get bigger. Georgia, like many states these days, has fewer farmers but bigger farms.

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SMITH: Even Lewis Grizzard needed help finding a first job

I did find Lewis Grizzard a job. With the short-lived Atlanta Times, which sparked laughter in the years that followed as the Times went under. Lewis was but one of the victims holding a fistful of past dues.

SMITH: Louise Kidd Jordan, a ‘work of art’

She’s pretty, cogent, clever, engaging, and inspirational. Lovable, kind-hearted, and selfless with an uncluttered mind, which is linked to a history of caring and giving. Class and manners, goodwill and altruism have been her companions for 101 years.

LORAN SMITH: Life after football is good for Walt Garrison

Walt Garrison is one of those inspiring people who made the most of his football ability and of every opportunity that came his way— applying common sense, energy and the work ethic to succeed.

Modest Georgia native Westbrook adjusts to retirement

It’s different, it’s a new experience. He misses the Florida sunshine and an opportunity to compete at the ultimate level, but he doesn’t miss the travel.

SMITH: The late Rholetter gave great effort for Bulldogs

David Rholetter died without headlines recently with only his teammates and coaches fully appreciating his football worth.

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SMITH: The joy of cracking open a bag of crackers

Made of flour, water, and salt, the tasty crackers have often been referred to as “soda” crackers. They are great when you need a snack or when you are serving chili, stews, soups, or dips.

SMITH: The life-saving story of Felix the cat

Billy Bryant wasn’t always a cat person, but after his pet cat Felix helped save his life, he’s singing a different tune.

SMITH: Georgia Sports Hall of Fame honors sterling class

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon inducted its latest selections last weekend

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LORAN SMITH: Brown perseveres in NFL after injury

UGA’s Marlon Brown tore his ACL in college, but made a comeback in the NFL

SMITH: After all these years, Bob Argo still on the recruiting trail

Most of us have the notion that our elected officials are sent to the legislature to serve instead of becoming self-serving. Bob Argo, the passionate Bulldog recruiting advocate, quietly underscored service in a fashion that not only was good for the state, but it brought dividends to the University of Georgia.

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SMITH: Frederica House

Next time you visit St. Simons, schedule dinner at the Frederica House. Perhaps, you can eavesdrop on a sprightly conversation like I did last weekend.

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SMITH: A chance to catch up with Gov. Carl Sanders

Every day, former governor Carl Sanders goes to the office — the law firm Troutman Sanders, which he built into one of the top law firms in the country.

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SMITH: The story behind the name

If you receive a letter from Greg McGarity — and his successors in perpetuity — it will carry the notation that the head Bulldog is the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics.

LORAN SMITH: Georgia has history with Gator Bowl

Georgia is one of the few teams to have played in the five oldest bowls.

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SMITH: Thoughts of Boston

In Boston, everywhere you go there is water. The Boston Harbor, the Charles and Mystic rivers, the Fort Point Channel. The chill coming off those bodies of water when you take your early morning walk is quickening yet invigorating.

SMITH: Road experiences always prove interesting

Sports news and notes from Loran Smith’s recent travels

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LORAN SMITH: Murray well-deserving of national honor

Aaron Murray became the 13th University of Georgia football player to be selected for a National Football Foundation Award on Tuesday night at a black-tie dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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SMITH: Wesleyan grad makes her mark at UGA

A graduate of the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Anne Noland was attracted to athletics and journalism in her formative years. She became a Georgia fan, listening to the radio broadcasts. She volunteered as a student trainer for the football team and also was the statistician

SMITH: Wounded Bulldogs deliver big win over Tech

UGA closes regular season with victory despite a slew of injuries

SMITH: Getting ready for Christmas like tailgating before a big game

I like the Christmas pre-season. It is like having a tailgate party before the game. There are parties aplenty, and socializing is as important as the long-awaited time when everybody gathers around the fire to open the presents.

SMITH: A look at Lynchburgh

You come here for a tour and you learn how the popular Tennessee whiskey is made. At the end of the tour, don’t expect a sample which you likely can experience at the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. Lynchburg, the seat of Moore County, is dry. Baptists don’t have to worry about speaking to one another in liquor stores here. There aren’t any.

SMITH: Victory has things looking up for Bulldogs

Thoughts and opinions from Loran Smith

SMITH: Former Alabama, Cowboys star Lee Roy Jordan a legend on, off the field

Jordan was a tackling machine at linebacker for the Crimson Tide and Dallas before founding a successful lumber business

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SMITH: Only in Prague

While I have come to believe that serendipity might grace your travels anywhere you go, you can’t imagine the unadulterated pleasure of our Prague experience

SMITH: Bobo not appreciated for what he does at UGA

Hard-working offensive coordinator coaches from a player’s perspective

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SMITH: UGA's Grantham meticulous with his work

Defensive coordinator puts in long hours to prep the Bulldogs

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SMITH: Kickers like Pennington a thing of the past

Today's place kickers would consider those upright, square-toe-shoed, straight-on kickers of the past to be relics. Antiques. Like Durward Pennington, whose extra point in the 1959 Georgia-Auburn game enabled the Bulldogs to clinch the Southeastern Conference championship.. A soccer-style kicker would view Pennington, who died

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SMITH: Jarvis Jones for the Heisman

UGA linebacker becoming one of the top defensive forces in school history

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SMITH: Beamer's slow start wouldn't cut it in 2012

Programs are now out for instant success, but Virginia Tech was patient in early years with its successful coach

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SMITH: Redneck Gourmet

On the way to Callaway Gardens, it was refreshing to organize lunch at the "Redneck Gourmet," founded by the late Mike Smith and run by his widow Cile and her sons Casey and Chad.

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SMITH: Masters champion reconnects with UGA

Issues over 2001 season now in the past for Watson

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SMITH: Pear relish a reminder of my past

A good garden means good eating.

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LORAN SMITH: Hunter's Cafe a timeless destination for locals, coastal fishermen alike

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the '40s when it had its beginnings. Naturally, it has experienced some growth, but it remains a village. It is the place which still attracts fishermen. When you come

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LORAN SMITH: Hunter's Cafe a timeless destination for locals, coastal fishermen alike

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the '40s when it had its beginnings. Naturally, it has experienced some growth, but it remains a village. It is the place which still attracts fishermen. When you come here, don't get in a hurry. If you do, the locals might think you are up to no good.For years, I have been making my way here to see John Donaldson, a former Georgia player and coach. John has slowed down, but his eyes light up when you talk fishing with him. His memory banks overflow with recollections of those days when every cast brought forth a keeper. Coolers overflowed. Laughter filled the air with anticipation of the fresh fish for the grill.

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering Larry Munson the man before and beyond his legendary status

A unique perspective on the late UGA legend

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering Larry Munson the man before and beyond his legendary status

Before Larry Munson became Georgia’s football play-by-play announcer in 1966, I knew him from his time working at Vanderbilt, where he had become a fixture in Nashville. His agenda included, in addition to announcing for the Commodores, hosting a popular television fishing show and working as the play-by-play voice of the Nashville Vols’ minor league baseball team.

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SMITH: Julie Moran

Celebrating Julie Moran, UGA grad. Last week was a homecoming for her, bringing about an emotional high that was stimulating. She was honored by the Henry Grady School of Journalism, which inducted her into the "Grady Fellowship" for post graduate achievement. The trip back to Athens put her in touch

SMITH: No answers exist for such needless death

It was a funeral for a man whom I did not know, and I suspect I wasn’t alone. We were there out of respect for a fallen police officer. At the conclusion of the service on Sunday, I knew a lot more about Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian than I’d really like to know — like how his senseless murder took a father from 5-year-old Callie and 2-year-old Wyatt.

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SMITH: Braves' Cox did things the right way

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — You see Bobby Cox moving about the Braves’ spring training complex with the same soft smile, the same bad-knees gait and accommodating demeanor as in the past. It’s just that he is not in uniform.

SMITH: A small town dripping with state history

TATE — Pink marble is still quarried in this section of the state, but it’s nothing like it was in its heyday when more than a thousand people worked in the marble industry in this settlement in Pickens County.

SMITH: The great experience of Oxford

OXFORD, Miss. — Pardon me if you’ve heard this refrain before, but I try hard to find a reason to come here. Some might be curious about that. After all, once you visit William Faulkner’s old homestead, enjoy a hot toddy at The Grove during football season, grab a couple of new titles at Square Books, and order shrimp and grits at City Grocery spiced by a conversation with Chef-Owner John Currence, there is not so much to do.

SMTH: The perfect holiday gift of reading

One of the joys of the Christmas season is the gift of books, but even better is having the time to read. Somehow or other, you just put anything pressing aside for the holidays and immerse yourself into a relaxing environment. That allows for reading.

SMITH: Jones' mother molds him into standout football player

Those who should know give Ben Jones high marks as a prospect for Sunday employment in the National Football League. If he realizes his lifelong ambition, there will be many reasons noted for his reaching his goal.

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SMITH: Manuel steers a steady course

When I think of Charlie Manuel, who has kept the Phillies in contention for the World Series title three years in a row, I think of a leathery, sun-tanned sailor -- an old salt -- hanging around the docks.

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SMITH: Pitching is over, but Neikro can catch some fish

The waters of the upper Chattahoochee, rushing over the dam at Nora Mill just south of here, drown out the conversation of visitors who stop to feed the trout lounging below the observation deck.

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Pitching is over, but Neikro can catch some fish

The waters of the upper Chattahoochee, rushing over the dam at Nora Mill just south of here, drown out the conversation of visitors who stop to feed the trout lounging below the observation deck.

LORAN SMITH: Former British Open champ Ballesteros missed at this year's tourney

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- When several former winners of the British Open championship gathered here yesterday for a four-hole exhibition, the most beloved European winner ever was missing.

SMITH: The Deen of Southern fare

SAVANNAH -- Paula Deen lives on Wilmington Island. Her kitchen is a television studio -- what did you expect? -- and if you are invited to see her tape her weekly show, you can sample the food when the crew breaks for lunch. Barbecued ribs and chicken, roast pork, salad, vegetables and sweet potato casserole for dessert. At least that was my choice for dessert.

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