Editor's Note: It was hard to choose profiles for this Veterans Day series, but Vernon Cureton's tale of a small-town boy in a big-ass war, told with modesty and gentle humor, exemplifies themes that I heard over and over from Dade's WWII veterans. "I wanted to get in...

Editor's Note:  In 2008 and -09, while working for the print newspaper in town, I wrote a series of stories about Dade's surviving World War II veterans. It was one hell of a life experience. The tales these guys had to tell! Since then, I have sadly not...

WW II vet D.D. Bain displays his Legion d'Honneur medal. Bain was awarded the highest French military honor for his role in liberating France in 1944.

Editor's Note: The Planet originally published this profile of D.D. Bain shortly after a June 2016 interview with Bain,...

After writing two columns about Dr. Joseph Leonard Gardner, I thought I had exhausted that subject. Then an article that offers a new slant came my way. While I was discussing Dr. Gardner with Ted Rumley, Ted told me that he had a scrapbook that had an article in it ab...

I’ve written several articles for our local history column and I really appreciate the folks who take time to let me know that they actually read my articles and even enjoy them. Sometimes I’ve gotten responses that I really didn’t expect. For instance, after doing a c...

Last Saturday’s Historical Society meeting and genealogy workshop was a success. Our genealogy workshop began with Gail Hedden summarizing her quest to find the original owners of every land lot in Slygo Valley.  She wants to find all family connections to each other a...

 The Nesbit House. See notes below.

It seems that the Historical Society has been working underground for the past few months. Illnesses, retiree schedules and working on various community projects have not allowed me the time to write, but that is not true of Linda Wil...

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...

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