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I often post pictures from R.L. Cousins High School and Hutcheson High at my Facebook page for Douglas County history, "Every Now and Then." Comments and private messages generally flow afterwards saying things along the line of, "Are you sure this school was in Douglas County? I don't remem…

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There is a process of "naturalization" for anyone born outside the United States to become an American citizen. Along with eligibility requirements such as living in this country for at least five years and demonstrating the ability to read, write, and speak basic English, candidates must al…

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Protect and Serve -- Georgia's law enforcement officers uphold this noble call to action every day when they leave the comfort of their homes and families. Honorable men and women of the badge -- all across our state -- willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow citizens.…

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Atlanta has long been the nation’s poster-child for urban-sprawl. The idea that transportation infrastructure’s value is equivalent only to the speed it allows its commuters is a sorry one. As someone who lives in and loves the city of Douglasville, yet is incredibly frustrated by the mornin…

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The Civil War took a heavy toll on Georgia including Campbell County. Many men never returned home, families were stripped of equipment and livestock by Union soldiers traipsing through their farms, and when the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865, an approximate workforce of 1,500 former slav…

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The signature line of the 1970 film "Love Story" declares that love means never having to say you are sorry. I was taught early in life that I should willingly and genuinely apologize to someone who experienced a hurt because of my actions or words. Most likely you were given similar trainin…

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When I first began researching Douglas County history one of my knowledgeable contacts was adamant that slavery never existed in Douglas County, so it was a non-issue. Technically, they were correct, but only because Douglas County was formed in 1870, five years after the 13th amendment was …