My mother, Mary Verenice Cooper, was born July 8, 1932, near Valley Head, Ala.  She was brought into this world by Dr. Joseph Leonard Gardner (left), who lived at what was then called Sulphur Springs, Georgia, in Dade County and who practiced medicine in Dade County an...

The B&G Jiffway, the modern, spanking-new convenience store at I-24 and Hwy. 299 where Bea Haygood and Glenda Scott wanted to sell beer in 1981.  (Photo courtesy of Lawton Haygood.) 

This series is about how alcoholic beverages came to be sold in Dade County....

A few months ago, I wrote a history article about my great-great Aunt Josephine Hawkins Parrish. She grew up in Dekalb County, Ala., and spent some of her later life in Dade County, but her married life was spent in Walker County, Ga.  She married C.C. Parrish of Walke...

On May 20, 1981, a tiny "filler copy" article on an inside page of The Dade County Sentinel--in those days, a well-written, newsy little paper edited by the late Myrna McMahan-- reported that Georgia had collected $48,968,870 in beer taxes in 1980, and that the 336 cit...

 Dr. Middleton with his second wife, Mallie Hale Middleton.

Recently, while waiting in a doctor’s office in Chattanooga, my brother struck up a conversation with a lady who informed him that she was 88 years old. She told him that she hated going to the doctor, and was...

With Halloween approaching, I found myself in a discussion with my friend about how Halloween has changed since “our day.” During my hour of yoga practice today, I continued to mull the subject over in my mind and at lunch afterward, I got some input from some other fr...

                  Monica Thomas, who integrated the Dade school system all by her 11-year-old lonesome.

There’s an old saying that “History is something that happens to someone else.”  Maybe that is why some people don’t take an i...

 Editor's note: This is third in a local history series originally published by Linda Wilson in 2015. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a couple of articles about the murder of June Nisbet of Cloverdale and the trials of Milt Lee and Paul Crane who were convicted of the cr...

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